THE LANGUAGE OF GOD FRANCIS COLLINS PDF

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LANGUAGE. OF GOD. A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief. FRANCIS S. COLLINS. Free Press. N e w Y o r k London Toronto Sydney. JUL 7 PDF | H. A. E. Zwart and others published Francis Collins. The language of God: a scientist presents evidence for belief, New York: Free Press. The Language of God, written in , spent a good bit of time on the New York Many scientists will probably claim that Francis Collins has “crossed the line”.


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Proc (Bayl Univ Med Cent) ;– The Language of God: A Scientist. Presents Evidence for Belief by. Francis Collins. New York: Free Press, Francis Collins, director of the Human Genome Project (HGP), needs no further introduction I suppose. For more than a decade (from onwards) he has. Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Collins, a pioneering medical geneticist who once 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.

Among these universes, it is postulated, ours happens to contain the physical properties permitting life and consciousness.

The alternative explanation for the improbable conditions that make intelligent life possible is that rather than occurring by chance, they reflect the action of the One who created the universe. Collins finds this second account to be more elegant and compelling. Collins' next task is proposing a framework for reconciliation between science and religion.

He first reviews what astrophysics, the geological and fossil record, and the study of genetic material across species have to say about the question of origins. He concludes that the evidence overwhelmingly reveals a universe billions of years old and that evolution through natural selection is the crucial generator of the diversity and complexity of life. Collins then presents a case that this modern scientific account of origins is compatible with belief in God and the biblical narrative.

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Examining the Genesis creation story, he argues that the text intends to impart theological truths rather than provide a natural history. Here he follows a long tradition of biblical exegesis. For instance, in the fifth century, St.

Augustine wrote contemptuously of a literal interpretation of the Genesis creation account: Collins also rejects intelligent design ID theory, which points out the explanatory shortcomings of evolution theory and on this basis postulates the involvement of an intelligent designer.

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He argues that ID fails to function as a viable scientific theory since it does not predict other findings or suggest approaches for further experimental verification. ID also fails to provide a mechanism by which its hypothesized supernatural interventions took place. Finally, many of the cases in nature that ID points to as examples of the inadequacies of evolution theory are now being shown to be consistent with it after all.

Collins points to theistic evolution as an explanation that reconciles faith and science. Theistic evolution holds that God used the elegant mechanism of evolution to create all of life, including human beings. Francis Collins is under no illusion that his book will settle the often rancorous disputes between the religious and scientific communities. But he hopes at least to offer a model for more civil and reasonable dialogue.

In this respect, I believe he has succeeded. National Center for Biotechnology Information , U. Proc Bayl Univ Med Cent. Reviewed by James Marroquin , MD. Author information Copyright and License information Disclaimer.

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A free-for-all on science and religion. New York Times , November 21, National Human Genome Research Institute.

Director Francis Collins' biography Available at http: Under his leadership, a working draft of the human genome was announced ahead of schedule in June In The Language of God, Collins seeks to bring his credibility in both scientific and spiritual circles to bear in an attempt to achieve a harmonious synthesis between science and faith.

Collins begins the book by telling the story of his journey to belief.

Homeschooled in a place with no running water and few other physical amenities, Collins treasured his unique upbringing for the remarkable culture of ideas created by his parents. One area in which Collins did not receive instruction was religion, as his parents were relatively indifferent to faith. Collins likewise gave spiritual questions little thought growing up and described himself as a skeptical agnostic through his early adulthood.

Learning that despite Einstein's Zionist position after World War II he did not believe in Yahweh, God of the Jewish people, only reinforced Collins' conclusion that no thinking scientist could seriously entertain the possibility of such a deity.

A turning point in Collins' spiritual journey occurred during medical school when he encountered patients whose faith provided them with reassurance and peace during terrible suffering.

This led him to question if belief could have a rational basis and to survey the world's great religions. During his investigations, he was most influenced by C. Lewis argued that the human conscience provides genuine insight into reality, just as our senses or mathematics do.

In his view, for example, the statement that the Nazis' treatment of Jews and slavery in America were morally wrong more closely resembled a fact than a cultural sensibility. Lewis contended that holding up morality as an objective reality rather than merely a human construct requires positing a Being that defines right and wrong.

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Collins was persuaded by this moral argument for God's existence and impressed by the rest of Lewis' case for belief. And though he continued to have doubts, Collins decided to take a leap of faith.

Collins goes on to share some of the rest of his rational basis for belief.

He points out that 15 physical constants, such as the strength of weak and strong nuclear forces and the speed of light, all have values within the narrow range necessary for the existence of a stable universe capable of sustaining complex life.

The odds of this happening by chance are almost infinitesimal. One theory proposed to explain this coincidence is assuming the existence of an infinite number of universes, each with their own physical constant values.

Among these universes, it is postulated, ours happens to contain the physical properties permitting life and consciousness. The alternative explanation for the improbable conditions that make intelligent life possible is that rather than occurring by chance, they reflect the action of the One who created the universe.

Collins finds this second account to be more elegant and compelling. Collins' next task is proposing a framework for reconciliation between science and religion. He first reviews what astrophysics, the geological and fossil record, and the study of genetic material across species have to say about the question of origins.

He concludes that the evidence overwhelmingly reveals a universe billions of years old and that evolution through natural selection is the crucial generator of the diversity and complexity of life.

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Collins then presents a case that this modern scientific account of origins is compatible with belief in God and the biblical narrative. Examining the Genesis creation story, he argues that the text intends to impart theological truths rather than provide a natural history.

Here he follows a long tradition of biblical exegesis. For instance, in the fifth century, St.

Augustine wrote contemptuously of a literal interpretation of the Genesis creation account: Collins also rejects intelligent design ID theory, which points out the explanatory shortcomings of evolution theory and on this basis postulates the involvement of an intelligent designer.Paulist Press, site Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. Aren't the scientific and spiritual worldviews antithetical, or shouldn't they at least avoid appearing in the East Room together?

Finally, many of the cases in nature that ID points to as examples of the inadequacies of evolution theory are now being shown to be consistent with it after all.

Theistic evolution holds that God used the elegant mechanism of evolution to create all of life, including human beings.

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