The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief
Hine, G. (2012). The language of God: A scientist presents evidence for belief (Book Review). Catholic Education: A Journal of Inquiry and Practice, 16(1), 230-233. Retrieved from http://ejournals.bc.edu/ojs/index.php/catholic/article/view/1849
The relationship between science and faith is explored at length in Francis Collins’ book. The coherent structure and free-flowing composition of this text contributes to an unequivocally clear presentation of one scientist’s journey of faith development, and his explanation of how faith and science are inextricably linked. When discussing the polemics of religious and scientific disciplines, Collins—the director of the National Institutes of Health and former director of the National Genome Project—uses a logical, step-by-step analysis of available evidence, and is careful to consider a balanced perspective of both sides before carefully committing to a well-intuited opinion. Insight into past faith-science conflict is provided from examinations of the life and work of noted scholars in each respective field, as well as the opinions of colleagues with whom Collins has personally worked. The central message that the author presents to his readers is that there can be no separation of scientific and religious worlds—rather; they are simply two sides of the same coin.