Dr. Francis Collins, head of the Human Genome Project, is one of the world's leading scientists, yet he is also a man of unshakable faith in God and scripture. Dr. Collins has resolved the dilemma that haunts everyone who believes in God and respects science. Faith in God and faith in science can be harmonious, not separately but together, combined into one worldview. For Collins, science does not conflict with the Bible, science enhances it.
The Language of God makes the case for God and for science. Dr. Collins considers and dismisses several positions along the spectrum from atheism to young-earth creationism, including agnosticism and Intelligent Design. Instead, he proposes a new synthesis, a new way to think about an active, caring God who created humankind through evolutionary processes.
He explains his own journey from atheism to faith, and then takes listeners on a stunning tour of modern science to show that physics, chemistry, and biology can all fit together with belief in God and the Bible. The Language of God is essential for anyone who wonders about the deepest questions of all: Why are we here? How did we get here? And what does life mean?
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"Collins' credibility as a scientist and his sincerity as a believer make for an engaging combination, especially for those who, like him, resist being forced to choose between science and God." (Publishers Weekly)
Yes, super description of modern geneology! So descriptive being narated by the author...
Genesis & the big bang
I have long believed that there can be an understanding of science and evolution AND deep faith. The author gives a respectful and detailed account of many perspectives and arrives at a thoughtful and scientifically sound conclusion.
I was a bit disappointed in this book. My expectations were much higher. Could be I just misunderstood his theory, but I could have done without some of the self promotion and really could have done without the "songs" which he sings on the audio version. Not really any facts you could sink your teeth into. I did feel he was sincere, and some people may really like the content. Just not for me.
I got this book hoping to hear some interesting arguments from a well-known scientist. I was utterly disappointed: his arguments are very shallow repetition of what you can get from the sermons all over the world. For example he discredits many findings of evolutionary and cultural explanations for existence of altruism in two short paragraphs and then uses this to claim the existence of god.
Moreover, he even does not achieve what he claims in the beginning of the book, that is, he does not show anything more than the possibility of existence of god, which agnostic people can also believe in (and he claims not to be one).
In short, don't waste your money on this book, go to the local church, or one of this guys references (e.g. Lewis from Oxford).
I have always been fascinated by science/genetics, but a very devout Christian as well. Collins is the first person I've ever read whose beliefs are exactly like mine, that evolution can be enmeshed into the Christian belief, and when he explains how he came to this, it all made perfect sense to me. I came away from reading this knowing exactly what my beliefs were and to have them validated by such a great scientist and intellect was empowering. His thoughts and explanations are wonderful; I shall read this again.
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