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The Language of God Audiobook

The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief

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Publisher's Summary

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?

Download the accompanying reference guide.

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

What the Critics Say

"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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    Mottainai Heidelberg, BW Germany 12-22-15
    Mottainai Heidelberg, BW Germany 12-22-15 Member Since 2015
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    I would remove the personal religious suggestions and make the prose look a bit more objective.


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    I liked the book as it will help people that are rejecting evolution to understand what science is about and how we use it to explore the universe to seek the truth and realize the fact that evolution is the current logical outcome of this objective exploration. My only criticism is on the issue that the author seems to suggest Science cannot explain morality, spirituality etc. This line of thinking in my opinion is erroneous as it carries the meaning that we will not be able to explain these phenomena in the future. Science as it is the professional tool of the intelligent, truth seeking human beings will eventually be able to explain in depth details of morality, thoughts about god, needs of being spiritual and human self-transcendence by fully exploring the human brain circuits. It is in there these thoughts and views physically form. We are at the early stages of this exploration -only a handful of literature due the obstacles of causally studying human brain in detail. But science will of course solve that puzzle too.

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    Gary M. Blakely Western Springs, IL 11-26-15
    Gary M. Blakely Western Springs, IL 11-26-15
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    "Science vs God is a false dichotomy"

    Listened to this on my drive from Chicago to Denver yesterday, and greatly enjoyed it. Love it when audio books are read by the actual author, so that I can feel exactly what he means. His main thesis is that we should embrace all truth, but that the tools of science aren't capable of answering the meta questions having to do with the meaning and purpose of life. Collins is a physical chemist, physician and geneticist. He tells the fascinating story of how he ended up leading the human genome project that not only mapped the 3.1 billion letters of human genetic code, but insisted that it all become public domain. (There was a private company competing with this project and wanting to patent the information.) The two apendices, on bioethics and on applying DNA research to real health issues, were especially worthwhile.

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    ewock 10-22-15
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    "bigger words - same failure"

    He spent hours quoting scientific studies, many of which are no longer accepted as true. He said the Bible should be looked at as mythology which teaches moral values and not fact. He openly said several times a belief in a god was a leap of faith and he ended saying one should use that belief in a god for questions that cannot be answered like "why are we here" and "is there life after death?" Science is for ideas that can be studied using math and can progress from theory to truth. I t was interesting, but just a fancier way to escape the fear of not knowing "is this all there is?" I was disappointed.

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    Edrique 09-30-15
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    "It's a little confusing as to what the books topic"

    Completely misrepresented some veiw points even some I disagree with just thought I'd point that out.

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    HomeIsARetreat Mom 08-18-15
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    "Compelling evidence from a brilliant scientist"

    Francis Collins is brilliant, and has rocked my world. Don't put off reading this book. Best of all it is written so the nonscientist can understand, yet the scientist has plenty of technical terms and isn't bored.

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    Paul W. Benson 07-19-15
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    "Very informative!"

    The author revealed many interesting scenarios that I would not of thought of concerning science, ethics, and spirituality. He gave me new insights to some of the resulting dilemmas.

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    Joyce Wang 07-10-15
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    "A must read."

    A personal yet rational look at the potential harmony between science and faith by a person working at the forefront of his field.

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    Scientist/Artist 06-10-15 Member Since 2017
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    "A great marriage of science and faith"

    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.

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    Lisa J. Shultz Breckenridge, CO 03-22-15
    Lisa J. Shultz Breckenridge, CO 03-22-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Worth contemplating!"
    What about Francis S. Collins’s performance did you like?

    I liked his voice and his passion as he read it.


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    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.

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    Christopher Avery, Ph.D. Comfort, TX USA 02-11-15
    Christopher Avery, Ph.D. Comfort, TX USA 02-11-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Science and theology reunited"

    A refreshing perspective from an informed, thoughtful believer. Dr. Collins cuts through the prevailing dogmas, elevating both science and theology.

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