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The Language of Science and Faith: Straight Answers to Genuine Questions - eBook
Inter-Varsity Press / 2011 / ePub
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Christians affirm that everything exists because of God--from subatomic quarks to black holes. Science often claims to explain nature without including God at all. And thinking Christians often feel forced to choose between the two.
But the good news is that the way popular society and much of Christianity has presented science creates a false dichotomy. Science does not overthrow the Bible, and the Bible is not inextricably opposed to Science. Nor does faith require a rejection of science.
In The language of Science and Faith World-renowned scientist Francis Collins, author of The Language of God, along with fellow scientist Karl Giberson show how we can embrace both. Their fascinating treatment explains how God cares for and interacts with his creation while maintaining that science often provides a reliable way to understand the world he made.
Together they clearly answer dozens of the most common questions people ask about Darwin, evolution, the age of the earth, the Bible, the existence of God and our finely tuned universe. They also consider how their views stack up against the new atheists as well as against creationists and adherents of intelligent design.
The authors, presenting what amounts to as the platform for Biologos.org, disentangle the false conclusions of Christians and atheists alike about science and evolution from the actual results of research in astronomy, physics, geology and genetics. In its place they find a story of the grandeur and beauty of a world made by a supremely creative God.
The result is a compelling and powerful engagement and merging of two spheres formerly at desperate odds. Giberson and Collins have provided the map to bridging the two fields, confessing orthodoxy while affirming human discovery.
As a pastor, I am constantly searching for resources that will guide people to the fullness of God. I care that my congregation be attracted toward God's artistry, moved by his majesty and intellectually challenged by his sovereignty. This book is at the top of my recommendations both as an evaluation of theories of creation and as a devotional that prompts us to revere the Creator.
Dr. Joel C. Hunter,
Northland Church, Longwood, Florida
Two challenging languages, one old and wise, one modern and awesome. Two very different accounts of human origins. Can the book of Scripture and the book of nature both be true in the age of science? We need sympathetic and enlightening interpreters. Happily Giberson and Collins here offer a guide to the perplexed that is reverent, relevant and very well-informed.
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, author of God's Universe
This book is destined to become a classic for those who, with an open mind, are willing to seriously wrestle with questions about the relationship of modern science with Christian faith. It is not for the faint of heart but is a treasure trove for those willing to dig deep into this critical subject.
Dr. Tim Johnson,
senior medical contributor for ABC News and author of Finding God in the Questions
Concise. Clear. Convincing. The Language of Science and Faith provides a straightforward means whereby the two sides of this contentious issue can get themselves on the same page. I recommend it as a resource for individuals and groups who want to believe that God speaks through both Scripture and nature.
Daniel M. Harrell,
Ph.D., senior minister, Colonial Church, Edina, Minn., and author of Natures Witness: How Evolution Can Inspire Faith
The theory of evolution raises important questions for Christians of all sorts, but this book is the best I've found to address the concerns of American evangelicals. It is written in clear enough language to be accessible to students at a variety of levels, yet sophisticated enough to be of interest to professionals in both science and theology. It is at once intelligent and inspiring.
professor of Christian philosophy, Fuller Theological Seminary
Collins and Giberson add a learned and engaging voice to the continuing struggle between Christian faith and scientific knowledge. The authors are central figures in advancing a true conversation between an ancient faith and modern ways of knowing, and it is hard to match their experience in dealing with the central questions covered in this volume. The Language of Science and Faith is an accessible distillation of their wisdom and I recommend it with great enthusiasm.
Senior Fellow in Biblical Studies, The BioLogos Foundation
For too long, followers of Jesus have been told they have to make a choice--between science and Christianity, reason and belief, their intellectual integrity and their faith. The Language of Science and Faith is a readable and comprehensive resource for the thoughtful Christian who refuses to choose. Giberson and Collins tackle difficult topics with charity, accessibility and integrity, moving the origins conversation forward in a way that honors God and builds up the church. This is a must-read for those who want to love the Lord with their heart, soul, mind and strength.
Rachel Held Evans,
author of Evolving in Monkey Town
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