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Language of God : A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief - Francis S. Collins

Language of God

A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief

Paperback Published: 17th July 2007
ISBN: 9781416542742
Number Of Pages: 304

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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.

Industry Reviews

"Collins's argument that science and faith are compatible deserves a wide hearing. It lets non-churchgoers consider spiritual questions without feeling awkward."

-- The New York Times Book Review


"The Language of God is a powerful confession of belief from one of the world's leading scientists. Refuting the tired stereotypes of hostility between science and religion, Francis Collins challenges his readers to find a unity of knowledge that encompasses both faith and reason."

-- Kenneth Miller, Brown University, author of Finding Darwin's God


"What an elegantly written book. In it Francis Collins, the eminent scientist, tells why he is also a devout believer....A real godsend for those with questioning minds but who are also attracted to things spiritual."

-- Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Introduction
The Chasm Between Science and Faith
From Atheism to Belief
The War of the Worldviews
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
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
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index
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ISBN: 9781416542742
ISBN-10: 1416542744
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 17th July 2007
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.3 x 14.0  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.29
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: Annotated

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