Belief: Readings on the Reason for Faith (Google eBook)

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Harper Collins, Mar 2, 2010 - Religion - 352 pages
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"Is there a God?" is the most central and profound question that humans ask. With the New Atheists gaining a loud voice in today's world, it is time to revisit the long-standing intellectual tradition on the side of faith. Francis Collins, New York Times bestselling author of The Language of God and renowned physician and geneticist, defends the reason for faith in this provocative collection. Collins is our guide as he takes us through the writings of many of the world's greatest thinkers -- philosophers, preachers, poets, scientists -- both past and present, including such luminaries as C. S. Lewis and Augustine, and unexpected voices such as John Locke and Dorothy Sayers. Despite the doubts of a cynical world, this essential companion proves once and for all the rationality of faith.

"In the twenty-first century, many seem to have concluded that the spiritual experience and the life of the mind ought to occupy separate domains, and that disruptions, conflicts, and disenchantments will result if the firewall comes down. Surely humanity's ongoing search for truth is not enriched by such limitations. In the words of Socrates, the key to a fully mature and richly rewarding life, both for us as individuals and as a society, is to ‘follow the argument wherever it leads,' unafraid of the consequences. If this collection of essays provides even a small encouragement in this direction for the seeker, the believer, or the skeptic, that will be gratifying indeed." -- from the Introduction

  

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User Review  - Brian - Goodreads

Dr. Collins states in the introduction: "The increasingly secular Western world seems to be loosing touch with the long history of intellectual arguments supporting a rational basis for faith ... Read full review

Review: Belief: Readings on the Reason for Faith

User Review  - Shana - Goodreads

the writings of incredibly intelligent, even brilliant, people fill this book. it was a great challenge for my brain. i confess i skipped a bit towards the end, though. i got the gist of what most ... Read full review

Contents

N T WRIGHT
3
PLATO
21
AUGUSTINE OF HIPPO
31
ANSELM OF CANTERBURY
44
BLAISE PASCAL
58
DAVID ELTON TRUEBLOOD
116
ART LINDSLEY
133
DESMOND TUTU
148
JOHN POLKINGHORNE
198
Love and Forgiveness as Pointers to
241
MAHATMA GANDHI
265
THE DALAI LAMA TENZIN GYATSO
272
ALVIN PLANTINGA
299
Acknowledgments
313
Credits and Permissions
325
Copyright

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR
183

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Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., is a pioneer gene hunter. He spent fifteen years as director of the National Human Genome Research Institute, where he led the international Human Genome Project to a successful completion. For his revolutionary contributions to genetic research he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2007, and the National Medal of Science in 2009. He is the Director of the National Institutes of Health.

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