I’m a committed Christian and a mathematician with a serious interest in science, so this book had to catch my eye. Francis Collins is famous for his work on the Human Genome Project and his book The Language of God. Karl Giberson works with him in the BioLogos foundation which followed that work. And this book explains very clearly why there’s really no reason to deny faith or science in understanding the world. The writing makes an easy read with arguments well laid out, nicely relevant questions, clearly described science, well researched history, and easily understandable examples from everyday life.
The history of Christianity’s response to Darwin is fascinating, as is the story of Christian interpretations of Genesis—nothing like so clear-cut or one-dimensional as some would have us believe. Chapter headings such as Do I have to believe in evolution? And Why is Darwin’s Theory so controversial? make it clear where the text will go. But, in between, readers learn about astronomy, cosmology, physics and chemistry as well as biology, plus a lot of history. Where does the law of entropy fit into evolution?—the answer might surprise even those who think they understand. The science is very clearly explained and the conclusions easily understood.
Near the end, a chapter on Fine-Tuning of the universe treads close to the old God of the gaps theories, but includes a wise reminder that fine-tuning, however it comes about, is “just as necessary to produce cockroaches as humans.” Finally a nicely written Modern creation story gives a pleasing narrative uniting faith and science—a wise gift to a world where all too many of us go round with one eye shut.
Disclosure: I’d been wanting to read this for a while and I’m glad I finally found a copy.
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"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 Faithis 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 )
"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 Faithis an accessible distillation of their wisdom and I recommend it with great enthusiasm." (Peter Enns, Senior Fellow in Biblical Studies, The BioLogos Foundation )
"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 ...