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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?

©2006 Francis S. Collins. All rights reserved; (P)2006 Simon & Schuster Inc. All rights reserved.

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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)

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  • Susan
  • Hopkins, MN, USA
  • 07-29-06

Now I Understand

As a Christian and a non-scientist, I have always struggled with the apparent conflict between the Bible and science. While I wanted so much to believe the Christian faith, I just could never accept that God would "trick" us by putting dinasours on earth and by putting in place such strong evidence for evolution.

This book answers all the questions, and allows me to keep my precious belief in God and also to embrace science. I wish this book had been available years ago. I can't thank the author enough for writing this--it has brought me such peace.

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A memoir of harmony in science and faith

Collins is a fascinating man who is simultaneously a cutting-edge geneticist and a man of deep faith. This book is part memoir and part philosophy - in it not only does Collins discuss how he personally came to become a believer through seeking out truth using logic and reason; he also explains how rational belief can strengthen science and vice-versa in the human quest to discover the truth of the universe.

Hearing a first-hand account of the mapping of the human genome from the Human Genome Project director himself is especially moving. Additionally, inclusion of the actual songs Collins composed and performed during momentous occasions of scientific discovery were very poignant and make this audio book a special experience. Collins narration is pleasant and easy to listen to, his personal conviction is clearly conveyed.

Although the primary focus of this book revolves around the religious philosophy of a single person, I believe it is a fascinating choice for any open-minded listener who has an interest in Mr. Collins and his work, or desire to hear a level-headed criticism of the contentious PR battle between fundamentalist religious institutions and science.

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Once in a lifetime story

Exceptional book, by exceptional individual. Should be required reading for every college student. History will refer to this book for centuries.

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When author = reader, audiobook = good. Go Francis

I loved "The God of the Bible is also the God of the Genome." Nice.

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Thought provoking

I liked that this was narrarated by the author. The ongormation was interesting & gave me a lot to ponder.

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Theistic evolution

Basically makes a case for Theistic evolution. I know there's only so much space in a book but I'd like to here more counter arguments for opposing positions. Author dismisses creation arguments outright without addressing any of their arguments. Then glosses over most of ID theorist arguments. His case for evolution is also underwhelming.

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unbearable

horrible. This is an author who thinks he is the final authority or even the only authority on the religion science interface /divide

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Dangerous

Collins may be a great geneticist but theologian he is not. He doesn't understand some of the biblical-theological dangers that his position presents. In the ends up putting a Christian veneer on a secular materialistic worldview. I would not recommend this book.

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Loved it

Great book. Hard to argue with the facts. Very fare with both sides of the issue.

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Extrordinarily important book

Dr Collins has a unique ability to take extremely complex issues and boil them down to simple straightforward concepts that can be understood by most anyone. This may be one of the most important books of our generation. Yet it is an easy and entertaining read.