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)
I have been investigating the interplay between science and faith for many years, and this is probably the most enlightening book that I have read on the topic. This book will help those who are cynical about science to accept its merits and recognize that scientific evidence is no threat to spiritual belief. At the same time, I believe it will help secular individuals to see that science does not fully explain our existence, our nature as humans, or daily experiences in the absence of the understanding, hope, and peace that come through spiritual pursuits. I feel much better-equipped to get in the middle of the science vs. faith battle and make peace between two teams as an advocate for both.
I liked his voice and his passion as he read it.
Fascinating look at belief or lack of belief, genetics, creation, evolution and other thought provoking ideas that sometimes take a while to digest but are worth contemplating.
A refreshing perspective from an informed, thoughtful believer. Dr. Collins cuts through the prevailing dogmas, elevating both science and theology.
46, father of two, son of two continents. A skeptic in Rome. That's me bathing, next time please knock...
It gives an honest and educated view on spirituality from a believer's perspective. Dr. Collins is a top scientist and his arguments for belief are perfectly logic and coherent and can be summed in the two essential questions: "is there an original purpose?" and "why has man always searched for a god?". Collins believes that science hasn't found an answer to these and furthermore he believes that the answer cannot be given by science but should come from within by means of a leap of faith. Personally I don't find his reasons convincing and so I remain a solid atheist but that's just me. If were a serious believer (and not an uneducated zealot) I would appreciate the intelligence and fulness of Dr. Collins's arguments and my own belief would probably be reinforced by them.I would recommend this book to anyone (believer AND not) who is interested in having a deeper knowledge on the universal debate "God vs. Science" and doesn't want to waste time with uneducated rants (creationism etc...). Dr. Collins has strong ideas and they can be very well appreciated even without taking the final leap of faith that he ultimately does. That is entirely up to you as the same Dr. Collins very honestly says at the end of his book.
This was an extremely interesting book. Dr. Collins is a learned, unpretentious person and he delivers his ideas in a very accessible language even for non scientifically educated listeners (readers). The book is at times moving when Dr. Collins mentions episodes from his personal life and I came to admire the person even if I ultimately cannot agree with his conclusions. I found more reason in Dawkins's "The God Delusion" but, frankly speaking, if I had to choose based on gut feeling, I'd rather buy a dinner to Dr. Collins!If the topic interests you then this is a book you must listen to (read).
I really never believed in hell, but that was before I listened to this recording, but then he played his guitar and sang to me and I became a believer... I never cried so hard in all my life... over the loss of a credit. Why I ask you, why? Have I ever done anything to you? For the love of God do not purchase this audio, run, save yourself...
The books title is unfortunately misleading and lacking any new content to make it worth picking up and the songs... The songs, it will take a week of watching Event Horizon non stop to shake the catchy home spun tunes from further damaging your cerebral cortex.
His Christianity, mostly based on "Personal feelings" at the same time is trying to be rationale and scientific. The book does progress in a very logical fashion by debunking the big bang theory, which he attributes to atheism and agnostics, creationism and intelligent design (ID) which probably will surprise some...
Did I mention he plays the guitar and sings songs? The difference between his songs and an Uzi, The Uzi stops after 20 rounds the songs continue to cause massive damage.
Francis finally explains his own theory and has a clear agenda for supporting theistic evolution, which he dubs BioLogos.
Trust me when I say you'll never be the same after listening to this audio book....
Collins narration is superb.
A Plausible Explanation For Accepting Evolution Regardless of Your Faith
I was raised a pretty strict creationist, though I came to leave that worldview behind long before coming to this book. I don't want to regurgitate Collins' points here because this book is very much worth your time, but let me say this:
If you're someone who has had trouble bringing your faith to bear on the teachings of science - and namely the concept of evolution - this book is an absolute must-read. Collins' position as former head of the Human Genome Project and current head of the NIH lends all the more credence to a series of arguments that would stand quite well coming from anyone. Ultimately my own rejection of evolution when I was younger was based almost entirely on misunderstanding and misinformation. Collins does a marvelous job of presenting the information in a way that is simple but not reductive. If you currently believe that your faith is at odds with acceptance of evolution, this book will likely feel like a grand revelation; and a relief.
If you're on the fence about the existence of God - or an avowed atheist - I can't say this book will shatter your worldview. But Collins does present some very compelling arguments, often by way of C.S. Lewis, in favor of God's existence. And as I mentioned before, being a part of world-changing research as he has, his arguments are further bolstered by his credentials. Even one of my personal heroes, Christopher Hitchens himself, developed quite a close relationship with Collins shortly before he died.
All of that is to say that if you're coming to this book with questions, many - though probably not all - will be answered. At the very least, this book sheds a great deal of light on its topics and will allow for more insightful inquiry as you carry on figuring out what you believe. My "Ideal For Seekers" headline is a little melodramatic, I know, but this book will likely be quite a blessing to anyone - regardless of worldview - earnestly trying to answer some of the bigger questions about life and its meaning.
I feel that this book addressed some of the more superficial or commonly argued issues with regard to the merging of science and religion, but glossed over what, to me, are the more fundamental philosophical issues and took answers to those more fundamental questions as a given. Some of the information regarding how DNA works was interesting, but I was looking for more detail around the mechanisms and the elegance of DNA. The book did have some of that, but not as much as I would have expected. After all, God is in the details.
Definitely recommend if you are a science-minded individual. We sometimes struggle with the potential conflict between science and faith. Collins does a great job at presenting a case for harmonization between the two with a logical, factual driven approach.
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