by Francis Collins
Free Press, New York, 2006
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The Language of God combines Collins’s faith and experiences as a genetics researcher with discussions of science and spirituality.
"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.' Collins explains that as a Christian believer, 'the experience of sequencing the human genome, and uncovering this most remarkable of all texts, was both a stunning scientific achievement and an occasion of worship.' This marvelous book combines a personal account of Collins's faith and experiences as a genetics researcher with discussions of more general topics of science and spirituality, especially centering around evolution. Following the lead of C.S. Lewis, whose Mere Christianity was influential in Collins's conversion from atheism, the book argues that belief in a transcendent, personal God—and even the possibility of an occasional miracle—can and should coexist with a scientific picture of the world that includes evolution. Addressing in turn fellow scientists and fellow believers, Collins insists that 'science is not threatened by God; it is enhanced' and 'God is most certainly not threatened by science; He made it all possible.' Collins's credibility as a scientist and his sincerity as a believer make for an engaging combination, especially for those who, like him, resist being forced to choose between science and God." – Publisher's Weekly(Copyright Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.)