TCC Reads: The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief

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Francis Collins

We recommend The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief  by Francis Collins.  Dr. Collins is the head of the Humane Genome project. His work as a geneticist caused him to question his atheism and become a Christian. In The Language of God,  he makes arguments for the existence of God and the compatibility of faith and reason.  In his section on the Big Bang theory and the origin of the universe, for example, Collins notes how the astronomical and biblical accounts of the origin of the universe are strikingly similar, even though one is a myth.  He quotes the agnostic astrophysicist Robert Jastrow, “For the scientist who has lived by his faith in the power of reason, the story ends like a bad dream. He has scaled the mountains of ignorance, he is about to conquer the highest peak; as he pulls himself over the final rock, he is greeted by a band of theologians who have been sitting there for centuries.”