The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief (2020)

The Language of God A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief 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 contrad
  • Title: The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief
  • Author: Francis S. Collins
  • ISBN: 9780743286398
  • Page: 398
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 scienceDoes 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.
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    1. Francis Collins comes across as such a nice guy He s clearly a very good molecular biologist he led the Human Genome Project to a successful conclusion, no mean feat and he has strong Christian ideals that he s thought about a lot and tried hard to realize in practice Here, he outlines his philosophy, a kind of theistic evolutionary creed which he calls BioLogos It s intended to combine his scientific and religious beliefs into a harmonious whole although it appears to work for him, I remain uni [...]

    2. This book was Fantastic If it were up to me, this book would be required reading for every college freshman or senior in high school I listened to Dr Collins speak at last year s scientific sessions of the American Diabetes Association I couldn t pass up the opportunity to listen to the head of the international group responsible for sequencing the human genome I was impressed with his clear forward thinking mind Probably because I d heard Dr Collins speak, knew his work, and had a very good imp [...]

    3. Let me preface this review by saying that I read this book as part of a discussion with my intelligent and faithful not to mention extremely good looking its a genetic thing family members, who are open minded to both science and religion I hope that I can be likewise They asked me for my sincere opinion about this book, and here is the result of that request If they write a review, I will provide a link to it.Collins seems like an intelligent, decent person with a sincere desire to help people [...]

    4. I have no doubt in the sincerity of Dr Collins s beliefs, but I found this book insufferable I picked it up at the store, hoping to catch a glimpse of how an established and wildly successful scientist reconciles his faith with the tradition of scientific rationalism Instead, I found a lot of C.S Lewis fan dom mixed with a clumsy rehashing of pretty tired theological arguments hinging on a mysterious intrinsic Moral Law To be honest, it reads like Collins is trying to convince himself than the [...]

    5. This is a long review, so here s the shorter version first There are atheists who believe science is inconsistent with religious belief There are religious people who don t believe in science There are religious people who do believe in science, compartmentalizing the two and judging them by different standards Okay, fine I don t want group two allowed on any boards of education, but aside from that, fine Collins is in group three, but the thing that really irritates me is that he won t admit he [...]

    6. It was very refreshing to hear a reasonable person discuss these issues without trying to overemphasize controversy There are two portions of the book Collins personal story of how he came to faith in God, and his views on a number of controversial issues in the overlapping worlds of science, ethics and faith The first is particularly intriguing to scientists who are interested in faith The second portion is technical but valuable to anyone who wrestles with these issues Dave

    7. While I am not usually a big fan of non fiction takes too long to read this book really affected me As a scientist I was ready to disagree with the ideas of this evangelical Christian, but his arguments were well, scientific His rational arguments struck a chord with me and he convinced me that theistic evolution is a valid possibility as to where we came from.

    8. This book is now my recommended first read for anyone who is asking the question, Can a scientist be a Christian or even believe in God Collins, best known for being director of the human genome project, has impeccable credentials in the scientific world He began as an agnostic Feeling that agnostics who have not really tried to find God have no basis to defend their position or criticize others, Collins endeavored to see whether belief in God is possible He leads the reader through the process [...]

    9. Full disclosure I didn t read this whole book, as I was principally interested in Collins s arguments against Intelligent Design, so that and his arguments against atheism were the only two sections I have read so far I will therefore confine myself to addressing those two sections.Collins is a world renowned scientist, a geneticist who headed the Human Genome Project, and as such his words carry a great deal of weight In the cases where he gets it right, this is a good thing where he gets it wr [...]

    10. I picked this book up because I thought it would be interesting to read about the religious views of the head of the Human Genome Project What does someone who has his scientific credentials think about God and spirituality Some of the reviews on GR attempt to attack perceived fallacies in his arguments and prove him wrong, but I was less interested in that than I was getting inside his head and listening to his personal story, whether I agreed with him or not The Language of God is a well writt [...]

    11. This book was a disappointment to me, i did not gleam any new insight from it It was the old circular I believe because I believe argument meets an ode to C.S Lewis This guy obviously LOVES C.S Lewis He quoted him so often it started to feel a bit plagiarised.

    12. The Good Collins at least encourages fellow evangelicals and other fundamentalist believers to leave behind the bronze age science of religion and cross over into the 19th century As the head of the Human Genome Project, he dispels the myth that science is a godless, liberal conspiracy to destroy religion.The Bad Collins arguments for god are lacking Human morality has a perfectly legitimate, natural explanation Collins feels the desire to reach out and help that starving African child on the te [...]

    13. This was a book I read for my seminary class on Science and the Christian Faith I liked it enough that I would choose to read it again in the future when I m not needing to speed through it for class I think it is an important book in the conversation regarding Science and Christianity and how the two do not need to be at odds with one another.

    14. A better title would be A Smart Guy Discusses Briefly a lot of Topics in Science and Religion He makes and assesses several arguments for and against belief in God, but they make up less than half the book Justifiably tired of religious fundamentalists and anti theists polarizing discourse, Collins sets out to harmonize and inform on a range of topics Two sections explain the Big Bang and basic genetics in some of the clearest expert to laymen descriptions I ve come across Another addresses the [...]

    15. Worth reading, if you re interested in hearing a fourth option of belief outside of Young Earth Creationism, Atheism and Intelligent design Francis Collins introduces Theistic Evolution, or what he prefers to call, BioLogos.BUT I was hoping for out of this book I completely disagree with the subtitle, A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief I just finished the book, hoping for this, so called, evidence to turn up Still waiting What the reader does get is a lot of regurgitated C.S Lewis So if y [...]

    16. I highly recommend this book Francis Collins is a well known, highly respected scientist He is a medical doctor and also a research scientist He was head of the Human Genome Project and is now the director of NIH Collins tells the story of his conversion to Christianity as an adult He is brilliant and he truly loves science But he also finds vital meaning and, indeed, salvation in religion The point of his book is to show that science and religion are not opposed to each other, as some people as [...]

    17. Very easy read considering the science involved in the subject matter Collins develops his view of theistic evolution and gives it the name, BioLogos Although Collins makes a very interesting history of the Human Genome Project, he is unconvincing in his argument against creation as presented in Genesis 1 and 2 I find it funny that Collins is certain that his perspective of how nature begins is something we know, but he can not seem to know what the Bible presents Additionally, he knows that cre [...]

    18. I thought this book was excellent.Francis Collins clearly explains how evolution and Christianity are not incompatible with each other Coming as it does from such an esteemed scientist, this is a very well thought out and well argued position, although some of the very science y stuff did make it necessary to reread certain parts Collins is also right in that it s only really those who have extreme views on either side of this debate who get the attention Looking at the scientific data and Genes [...]

    19. If you are a faithful Christian but find it hard to believe that evolution is a false theory and can t accept intelligent design or the Young Earth theory on the origin of earth, this book is the book for you The book makes the case for BioLogos, belief that God did create this world, but that evolution and other scientific theories and natural laws were God s method of creation To my fellow Christianslet s face facts here people, with the scientific knowledge we know now about life on earth we [...]

    20. Excellent book I found myself cheering throughout Every believer, unbeliever, and everyone in between should read this book In a very eloquent, gentle way, he tells believers don t be so stupid and closed minded about science and to the unbeliever he says don t be so closed minded and think you are too smart for belief in God In other words, he puts both extremes in their place and shows us the error of our ways I hope there are many Francis Collinses in the future who continue to bridge the ga [...]

    21. There is no evidence for belief, that s why it s faith I would guess that most US scientists also have faith, and no trouble reconciling their faith with their work The only people who seem to have trouble reconciling the two are religious fundamentalists.

    22. 3.5 StarsThe Language of God was a solid book that for the most part accomplished its goal of presenting a framework for reconciling strong belief in science with equally strong belief in God Collins is direct and sincere in his presentation There were a few parts that didn t resonate as strongly with me, though part of that is undoubtedly due to my own lack of scientific inclination This book struck me as a sort of Mere Christianity specifically geared toward scientists In other words, it s a b [...]

    23. I picked this book from my hubby s library haha to see how the conclusion for a Higher Being was come to by an atheist, someone from the total opposite side of myself raised in Christianity And I was not disappointed with this book From a personal opinion standpoint, I liked his conclusion that a Higher Power was indeed the impetus to life I also appreciated his detailed explanation the whole book of how he came to this conclusion While the author agrees that at some point, faith is involved bec [...]

    24. When I was a student small group leader a few years ago, I had a group of abnormally inquisitive middle schoolers One day, one of them asked about how we as Christians should look at cavemen, and, though I don t remember what all was said from there, I know that I mentioned it is okay for Christians to accept evolution Of course, this didn t sit well with one of my other, well meaning students, who had never been exposed to such an idea Even when I said that C.S Lewis might have accepted the pos [...]

    25. There are a few claims made by atheists on a regular basis They include the following Only the uneducated become Christians Truly educated people, especially scientists, would never accept such nonsense The only reason people are Christians is that they were raised to believe as they doThis book is proof that these two claims are simply nonsense Francis Collins was an atheist prior to his scientific work on the human genome project His career has been stellar he led the Human Genome Project and [...]

    26. Our Sunday School class has been reading this clear, concise defense of Christian faith from an evangelical and one of the country s leading geneticists Collins is controversial with his fellow evangelicals because he argues that evolution is an accepted scientific method, and he is controversial among atheists and skeptics because he asserts that God is both the loving creator of the universe and a being who exists beyond the reach of scientific inquiry He is, essentially, C.S Lewis brought int [...]

    27. 3.0 In this book Collins explains how he harmonizes his belief in God with his understanding of evolution and other scientific processes involved in the creation of our universe While I don t agree with every conclusion that Collins reaches, his honest and reasonable approach make this a very interesting book He does a good job of giving a broad brush description of the major scientific theories involved big bang and evolution and evidence for them His explanations of DNA, how it s used, and how [...]

    28. Dr Collins articulates the two sides of the argument faith v science well and then demonstrates how the argument really shouldn t exist at all as both faith and science are involved in the search for Truth, albeit with different tools and methods Nothing spectacularly new, in fact he leans heavily on others words, notably C.S Lewis, but also many others from Copernicus to Augustine to generally good effect Hard to judge how convincing he was since I already agreed with most of his premises and a [...]

    29. Not impressed at all In fact, he made me angry and stunned by his audacity From the first page he talks about himself and who he knows He knows President Bill Clinton, the president of the free world Imagine that And he still right next to Clinton And for the first time, the amazing script, this amazing script, he says, the script of DNA, was available to the world, the free as well as the non free Then, and as you seek to fast forward all this BS you get into chapter one He talks about his pare [...]

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