The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief

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Simon and Schuster, Jul 11, 2006 - Religion - 294 pages
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Publisher description: Dr. Collins provides a satisfying solution for the dilemma that haunts everyone who believes in God and respects science. Faith in God and faith in science can be harmonious -- combined into one worldview. The God that he believes in is a God who can listen to prayers and cares about our souls. The biological science he has advanced is compatible with such a God. For Collins, science does not conflict with the Bible, science enhances it. For many years Dr. Collins kept his views largely to himself, as he helped oversee the Human Genome Project's stunning sequencing of the code of life. Now, in what may be the most important melding of reason and revelation since C. S. Lewis's Mere Christianity, Dr. Collins explains himself in detail. The Language of God makes the case for God and for science. Dr. Collins considers and rejects 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 has heard every argument against faith from scientists, and he can refute them. He has also heard the needless rejection of scientific truths by some people of faith, and he can counter that, too. He explains his own journey from atheism to faith, and then takes readers 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 reading 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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User Review  - joshrskinner - LibraryThing

More and more,if you are willing to open your eyes, you will be confronted with those who have differing views and beliefs than your own. The temptation is great to simply dismiss any idea or ... Read full review

Beautiful book, easy to understand language.

User Review  - Corrado Ghinamo - Christianbook.com

This book shows -with an easy to understand language- how rational the belief in God can be. Francis Collins is one of the greatest modern scientists in the world, and a Christian. So no surprise if ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
ONE From Atheism to Belief
11
TWO The War of the Worldviews
33
THREE The Origins of the Universe
57
Of Microbes and Man
85
The Lessons of the Human Genome
109
SIX Genesis Galileo and Darwin
145
Atheism and Agnosticism
159
When Faith Trumps Science
171
When Science Needs Divine Help
181
Science and Faith in Harmony
197
The Moral Practice of Science
235
Notes
273
Acknowledgments
281
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Francis S. Collins is one of the country's leading geneticists and the longtime head of the Human Genome Project. Prior to coming to Washington, he helped to discover the genetic misspellings that cause cystic fibrosis, neurofibromatosis, and Huntington's disease. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland, and in his spare time he enjoys riding a motorcycle and playing guitar.

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