The Language of God
A Scientist Presents Evidence for BeliefBook - 2006
A head of the Human Genome Project and former atheist presents a scientific argument for the existence of God, revealing how science can support faith by citing the areas of nature that can and cannot be fully explained by Darwinian evolution, and sharing a tour of the genome to demonstrate how it reflects God's purposes. 75,000 first printing.
He earned a PhD in chemistry and became a medical doctor, headed the Human Genome Project, discovered the genetic misspellings that cause cystic fibrosis, neurofibromatosis and Huntington's disease, and somehow found time to search for and find God in it all. Here Collins explains why he kept what he feels is his most important discovery to himself for many years and why he eventually had to write about the reasons for his belief and his relationship with Christ, built upon his observation of the power of faith in his patients and the proof he saw of God in the complexity of the gene and evolution. He acknowledges the chasm which has grown between science and faith, but counters with what he learned deciphering the human genome and learning the theories of the biologos, in which science and faith are in harmony. He closes with commentary from his perspective on bioethics. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
A head of the Human Genome Project and former atheist presents a scientific argument for the existence of God, revealing how science can support faith by citing the areas of nature that can and cannot be fully explained by Darwinian evolution.
Simon and Schuster
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.