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ISBN: 1594151865
Author: Francis S. Collins
Language: English
Publisher: Christian Large Print (July 18, 2007)
Pages: 375
Category: Theology
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view Kindle eBook view Audible audiobook. by. Francis S. Collins (Author). Likewise, Collins goes beyond the evidence when he speculates that "God's intention in creating the universe" may have been "to lead to creatures with whom He might have fellowship, namely human beings. Many readers will doubt that all 10 or 15 billion years of cosmic history merely prepared the way for us, a pack of inquisitive primates pondering the starry expanses from our speck of planetary dust.

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Addressing in turn fellow scientists and fellow believers, Collins insists that "science is not threatened by God; it is. .Excellent book, it opens the debate and leads us to the solution of the dilemma.

Addressing in turn fellow scientists and fellow believers, Collins insists that "science is not threatened by God; it is enhanced" and "God is most certainly not threatened by science; He made it all possible.

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

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 believes that faith in God and faith in science can coexist within a person and be harmonious. He has heard every argument against faith from scientists, and he can refute them.

OF GOD. A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief. Free Press N e w Y o r k London Toronto Sydney. This book aims to dispel that notion, by arguing that belief in God can be an entirely rational choice, and that the principles of faith are, in fact, complementary with the prin-ciples of science. This potential synthesis of the scientific and spiritual world-views is assumed by many in modern times to be an impossibil-ity, rather like trying to force the two poles of a magnet together into the same spot.

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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. ISBN13:9781416542742.

Collins is an American, noted for his discoveries of disease genes, and his leadership of the Human Genome Project (HGP). He currently serves as the director of the US National Institutes of Health. In the book, Collins describes briefly the process by which he became a Christian.

He has heard every argument against faith from scientists, and he can refute them.

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 also heard the needless rejection of scientific truths by some people of faith, and he can counter that, too.

Does science necessarily undermine faith in God? Or could it actually support faith? Beyond the flashpoint debates over the teaching of evolution, or stem-cell research, most of us struggle with contradictions concerning life's ultimate question. We know that accidents happen, but we believe we are on earth for a reason. Until now, most scientists have argued that science and faith occupy distinct arenas. Francis Collins, a former atheist as a science student who converted to faith as he became a doctor, is about to change that. Collins's faith in God has been confirmed and enhanced by the revolutionary discoveries in biology that he has helped to oversee. He has absorbed the arguments for atheism of many scientists and pundits, and he can refute them. Darwinian evolution occurs, yet, as he explains, it cannot fully explain human nature - evolution can and must be directed by God. He offers an inspiring tour of the human genome to show the miraculous nature of God's instruction book. Sure to be compared with C.S. Lewis's MERE CHRISTIANITY, this is a stunning document, whether you are a believer, a seeker, or an atheist.

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Vosho
Excellent book, it opens the debate and leads us to the solution of the dilemma. The Language of God is one of those books that leads to reflection without entering into contradiction with the higher spiritual feelings. I liked a lot reading this book and I can say unequivocally that readers will feel the harmony in every chapter, in every paragraph. Well written and easy to read, full of examples which support the arguments of the author. Illustrated on some pages and with a magnificent glossary that helps readers to find what they need quickly. I learned a lot on their pages and my arguments are strengthened by the realization that religion and science are the two sides of the same coin. The religious and scientific thinkings are changing, adjusting to these new times and through documents like this book, that is happening. Readers can learn a lot about history, science history, biology, genetics, astronomy, and other topics. Enjoyment in reading.

Excelente libro, abre el debate y nos conduce a la solución del dilema. El Lenguaje de Dios es uno de esos libros que nos conduce a la reflexión sin entrar en contradicción con los sentimientos espirituales mas elevados. Me ha gustado muchísimo la lectura de este libro y puedo decir sin temor a equivocarme que los lectores sentirán la armonía en cada capitulo, en cada párrafo. Bien redactado y de fácil lectura, lleno de ejemplos, los cuales sustentan los argumentos de su autor. Ilustrado en algunas paginas y con un magnifico glosario que ayuda al lector a localizar lo que le interesa rápidamente. He aprendido mucho en sus paginas y mis argumentos se fortalecen al darme cuenta que la religión y la ciencia son las dos caras de una misma moneda. El pensamiento religioso y científico esta cambiando y se esta ajustando en estos nuevos tiempos y por medio de documentos como estos que esta realidad esta sucediendo. Provecho en su lectura.
Braned
I enjoyed this read. Dr Collins presents his Christian "testimony" of faith which might be thought my some as in conflict with his status of top biological scientist. I highly respect this man and his reasoned faith. I would suggest though his view still falls under what one might call Christian empiricism (not formal theistic rationalism but the thinking that one must have "testable" evidence upon which to build less rational theistic assumptions) or as one popular Christian writer titled, Evidence that Demands a Verdict (J. McDowell, 1986). His verdict is God is empirically evident in a couple ways. This is an advanced God of the Gaps defense of Christian faith. As a scientist committed to efficacy of biological evolution he long ago had to give up on such empiricisms of complexity as evidence of a direct design... and more and more to give up... and now we are at the the next line of empirical gaps in the natural world. Because the Universe appears finely tuned and because people have a moral code that may not support a certain theory of natural selection, there must be a God much like or exactly like that described by Christian tradition that brings meaning to the author's life. This is an old dialectal discussion... Kierkegaard claims faith of this type cannot be empirically rational... one must take a leap into the dark to find meaning/reason.. the only empirical evidence needed is to see how your faith in God affects your life... whilst present day young earth creationists see scientific evidence so obvious that only spiritually blinded persons would not accept their theological theories as essentially facts. I would like Dr Collins to update his book and address the many responses to his empirical evidence.... what is the latest gap to gulf?
Mavegelv
I give this book 4 stars simply because 3 stars is considered critical and though I would not classify myself as critical of the book, I was disappointed. Like way too many a books, the title sets the reader up for disappointment. “Evidence for Belief” set rather high expectation that were quickly damaged by page 30 where Collins says, “the evidence of God’s existence would have to come from other directions, and the ultimate decision would be based on faith, not proof.”

It may be helpful to know my background. I’ve been a Christian since I was 4 years old yet in the last several months have dealt with many doubts and my faith was shaken. I was not angry at God and did not feel that He had treated me unfairly. I just somehow stopped assuming He existed and have been begging Him to show Himself to me. Someone suggested Collins’ books and this was the first I chose to read. The book seemed to give more credibility to by doubts than my faith.

Growing up a Christian I was raised on literal Bible interpretation (including Genesis 1 & 2) and that evolution was an unproven theory. I agree with the author that the mutual exclusivity of Christianity and evolution is a paradigm furthered by both Christians and Evolutionists. This book is the first intelligent argument I’ve heard that this does not have to be the case. That being said, Collins comes off a lot more confident in evolution than the existence of God. When he argues that the term theory in evolutionary theory does not mean “unproven” as much as it means “frame of thinking,” such as ‘music theory,’ part of me was really upset. I felt the collapsing of a lot of previously blindly held beliefs. I had to digest this for a while as the acceptance of evolutionary research seemed to edge God out of the picture in my mind as I realized how much I had let both secular and Christian cultures drive a wedge between the two ideas.

I do not have a scientific background and therefore no means to argue with Collins but I was confused by his idolization of Darwin. Though I understand Darwin was brilliant and innovative, I struggle to believe how someone in that time could have every theory upheld by all the modern technology and revelation that has come since his time. Collins never seems to show any weakness in Darwin’s work.

As much as the book poked at my commonly held assumptions, I believe it would probably do the same to anyone who came in not believing in God but as open-minded as I was to the idea of the opposite being true. Collins is able to depict the detail and complexity of life and, while being very open on his confidence in evolution, is insistent that such does not negate the possibility of God. He repeatedly suggests evolution as the means God chose to use.

Beliefs in creation, intelligent design, and even life beginning at conception will be challenged in this book. Despite not holding this traditional Christian beliefs, Collins very factually and without heavy reliance on personal experiences argues that the moral conscience and human longing for God may just be the very evidence of a God who had, has and will have a part with human life.

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