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The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief

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Francis S. Collins

7 Hours 14 Minutes

Simon & Schuster Audio

July 2006

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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 Collin’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.

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  • Bob Stewart

    Although I didn't find Dr. Collins' argument for the existence of God compelling, I nonetheless enjoyed the book. It contains a surprising amount of information about the current state of molecular genetics, which was entertaining. While I don't share his religious views, I thought that he did a good job of explaining why science and religion are not mutually exclusive of one another. Additionally, Collins very succinctly demonstrates why intelligent design and creationism simply don't hold any intellectual water. I don't understand why one reviewer thought that Collins came off as "pompous." I found him to be thoughtful and earnest.

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  • Edward Fudge

    Let me begin by saying that I have not the slightest sympathy for the theory of evolution and I cannot imagine ever believing that it is so. From first grade through my first graduate degree I attended conservative religious schools that opposed the teaching of evolution. However, most Christian students do not share my experience. Those raised on both fundamentalist religious teaching and mainstream biology often feel forced to choose between what they perceive as faith and knowledge. Many either decide they cannot continue to believe in God or conclude that they must abandon all confidence in science. Collins sees this as unnecessary and tragic. Regarding origins, it is the role of science to answer "when" and "how," he says, and the role of faith to answer "who" and "why." Having studied and taught the Bible for 50 years, I agree with this assessment, although I do not believe in evolution myself.

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  • Blake Chapin

    The author puts forth a thought provoking and engaging thesis on the compatibility of science and religion. He builds his arguments around sound empirical and personal observations that let the reader ponder similar circumstances in one’s own life. Although I didn’t personally agree with all of his conclusions, or rather some of the statements leading to certain conclusions, he never the less conveys one of the most reasonable and quietly passionate cases for his main idea.

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  • Mandi Scott Chestler

    Dr. Francis Collins, head of the Human Genome Project, does an admirable job of demonstrating that science and faith can be complementary and potentially synergistic. He masterfully argues in favor of the reasonability of faith verses atheism or agnosticism. He does a fair and balanced job of defining the pros and cons of four competing theories of creation: 1) Darwinian Evolution, 2) Young Earth Creationism, 3) Intelligent Design, and 4) Theistic Evolution aka Bio Logos. His discussion of The Moral Law and human altruism is fascinating. However, Collins does diverge by singing songs, plus indulging in a long, technical discourse into the hunt for the Cystic Fibrosis gene and Human Genome mapping. Between the sentimental song lyrics, and technical genome jargon, there was a bit of a language barriar for this reader, which distracted from the interesting discussion of the Language Of God.

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