The Language of God by Francis S. Collins
A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief

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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.
 

About Francis S. Collins

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Francis S. Collins is one of the country's leading geneticists and the longtime head of the Human Genome Project. Prior to coming to Washington, he helped to discover the genetic misspellings that cause cystic fibrosis, neurofibromatosis, and Huntington's disease. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland, and in his spare time he enjoys riding a motorcycle and playing guitar.
 
Published July 17, 2006 by Free Press. 316 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Science & Math, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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The new director of the National Institutes of Health and former leader of the government’s project to map the human genome is upbeat about personalized medicine—using genetics and family history to determine your risk for disease and designing appropriate treatments accordingly.

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Though he believes in “the harmony of science and faith,” the director of the National Institutes of Health and the author of “The Language of God” says he keeps books by Dawkins and Hitchens on his shelves: “Iron sharpens iron.”

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Collins, a pioneering medical geneticist who once headed the Human Genome Project, adapts his title from President Clinton's remarks announcing completion of the first phase of the project in 2000: "Today we are learning the language in which God created life."

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Some of the science may be over the head of the average reader, but an intelligent person should be able to understand enough of what Dr. Collins has to say to grasp the logic in his defense of both faith and science.

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The “evidence” for evolution as Collins has described it is no stronger than any evidence of Intelligent Design, or for that matter my argument expressed in Divine Evolution, but he emulates Richard Dawkins and argues that Darwinian natural selection is an unchallengeable theory.

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The central dogma of biology - DNA --> RNA --> proteins - was developed soon after the structure of DNA was published.

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-- Douglas Adams by RandomActsOfReason on Sun Jan 31, 2010 at 02:54:54 PM PST [ Parent ] Nonsense - reason can be applied to any question (1+ / 0-) Recommended by: gsenski the scientific metho...

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