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The Language of God

A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief

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Published by Free Press, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc. in New York, London, Toronto, Sydney .
Written in English.

About the Book

An instant bestseller, The Language of God provides the best argument for the integration of faith and logic since C.S. Lewis's Mere Christianity. It has long been believed that science and faith cannot mingle. Faith rejects the rational, while science restricts us to a life with no meaning beyond the physical. It is an irreconcilable war between two polar-opposite ways of thinking and living. Written for believers, agnostics, and atheists alike, The Language of God provides a testament to the power of faith in the midst of suffering without faltering from its logical stride. Readers will be inspired by Collins's personal story of struggling with doubt, as well as the many revelations of the wonder of God's creation that will forever shape the way they view the world around them. - Publisher.

Dr. Francis Collins, head of the Human Genome Project, is one of the world's leading scientists. He works at the cutting edge of the study of DNA, the code of life. Yet he is also a man of unshakable faith in God and scripture. He believes that God cares about us and can intervene in human affairs -- on rare occasions, even miraculously. Collins has personally discovered some of the scientific evidence for the common descent of all living creatures, even though he repudiates the materialist, atheistic worldview argued by many prominent Darwinists. In short, 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? - oldearth.org

Table of Contents

Introduction
Part one : The chasm between science and faith.
From atheism to belief
The war of the worldviews
Part two : The great questions of human existence.
The origins of the universe
Life on Earth : of microbes and man
Deciphering God's instruction book : the lessons of the human genome
Part three : Faith in science, faith in God.
Genesis, Galileo, and Darwin
Option 1 : Atheism and agnosticism (when science trumps faith)
Option 2 : Creationism (when faith trumps science)
Option 3 : Intelligent design (when science needs divine help)
Option 4 : BioLogos (science and faith in harmony)
Truth seekers
Appendix : The moral practice of science and medicine : bioethics
About the author

The Physical Object

Format Hardcover
Pagination viii, 294 p.
Number of pages 304
Dimensions 8.5 x 5.7 x 1.2 inches
Weight 12.8 ounces

ID Numbers

Open Library OL7948756M
Internet Archive languageofgodsci00coll
ISBN 10 0743286391
ISBN 13 9780743286398
Library Thing 1227086
Goodreads 35506

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