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3.00062519537355 out of 53.00062519537355 out of 53.00062519537355 out of 53.00062519537355 out of 53.00062519537355 out of 5 3.00 (3,199 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Francis S. Collins Narrator: Francis S. Collins Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2006 ISBN: 9780743565905
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Dr. Francis Collins, head of the Human Genome Project, is one of the world’s leading scientists—yet he is also a man of unshakable faith in God and Scripture. Dr. Collins has resolved the dilemma that haunts everyone who believes in God and respects science. Faith in God and faith in science can be harmonious—not separately but together, combined into one worldview. For Collins, science does not conflict with the Bible, science enhances it.

The Language of God makes the case for God and for science. Dr. Collins considers and dismisses several positions along the spectrum from atheism to young-earth creationism—including agnosticism and Intelligent Design. Instead, he proposes a new synthesis, a new way to think about an active, caring God who created humankind through evolutionary processes.

He explains his own journey from atheism to faith and then takes listeners on a stunning tour of modern science to show that physics, chemistry, and biology can all fit together with belief in God and the Bible. The Language of God is essential for anyone who wonders about the deepest questions of all: Why are we here? How did we get here? What does life mean?

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Quotes & Awards

  • What an elegantly written book. In it Francis Collins, the eminent scientist, tells why he is also a devout believer.... A real godsend for those with questioning minds but who are also attracted to things spiritual."

    -- Archbishop Desmond Tutu
  • The world respects Francis as a brilliant scientist responsible for breakthrough discoveries benefiting mankind. For a decade I have been privileged to admire him as a devoted family man and talented musician with a charmingly sharp wit. This intellectually honest, spiritually grounded reconciliation of God and science helps answer your greatest questions. I was profoundly enlightened and believe this important book should be required reading."

    -- Naomi Judd
  • Francis Collins, one of the world's most distinguished scientists, treats the relationship of science and religion with reason and reverence. Collins's mix of clear technical exposition and personal reflection is infused with an intellectual and spiritual honesty. Everyone who questions how religious faith could be reconciled with scientific knowledge, everyone who fears that modern science attacks the heart of religious faith, everyone interested in an enlightened discussion of a crucial issue of our time should read this book."

    -- William D. Phillips, 1997 Nobel Laureate in Physics
  • In today's world, scarred by cultural warfare, it is rare for a scientist to offer a testimony of faith in God. For that scientist to be one of the world's most renowned is rarer still. For his testimony to be so lucid and compelling, combining reason and revelation, science and spirit, is unheard of. The Language of God belongs on the shelf of every believer and every seeker."

    -- Dr. Robert H. Schuller, Founding Pastor, the Crystal Cathedral
  • “Collins’ argument that science and faith are compatible deserves a wide hearing. It lets non-churchgoers consider spiritual questions without feeling awkward.” 

    New York Times Book Review

  • “It’s bracing to be reminded, in our disenchanted day, that an eminent scientist can read the genetic code as sacred speech.” 

    Washington Post

  • “Collins wants to convince the religious that science leaves plenty of leeway for belief in God. And he wants scientists to know that religious faith can actually be based on reason. Religion and science can not only coexist, but they can reinforce one another, each contributing to a sense of awe and wonder at God…He is an intelligent, honest guide to the problems posed by science and religion, and watching him wrestle with his material is instructive.” 

    Globe and Mail (Toronto)

  • “Francis Collins, one of the world’s most distinguished scientists, treats the relationship of science and religion with reason and reverence. Collins’ mix of clear technical exposition and personal reflection is infused with an intellectual and spiritual honesty. Everyone who questions how religious faith could be reconciled with scientific knowledge, everyone who fears that modern science attacks the heart of religious faith, everyone interested in an enlightened discussion of a crucial issue of our time should read this book.” 

    William D. Phelps, 1997 Nobel Laureate in Physics

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amit | 2/11/2014

    " Don't want to review it just yet! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachelle | 2/7/2014

    " I have to confess that I didn't read the whole thing. I only read the chapters that really interested me. It got a little too scientific for me to be patient with. Overall, though, a thought provoking prespective on God and His role in the universe. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jerry | 2/5/2014

    " Wonderful and awful. Collins sees design and fined-tunedness of the universe in many places, as well as the undeniable existence of fixed morality, but still gives the store to evolution. It would be great to see him move on from the modern myth. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marie | 2/5/2014

    " I know why I was a history major :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chad | 2/4/2014

    " A really good book to present the basic tenants of theistic evolution and see one way of reconciling science with religion, especially Christianity. It is accessible to both the non - scientist and the non - theologian, and while advanced practitioners of either discipline will probably find criticisms or flaws, they are mostly minor in nature. In short, it is an excellent read for someone interested in how science and religion can interact. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Benjamin Davidson | 1/27/2014

    " I found Colllins' actual apologetics to be completely unconvincing, but his explanation of his work, and his exploration on future moral issues concerning 21st century genetics was fascinating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 1/25/2014

    " Excellent book, and explains in easy to understand language why Genetics demonstrate the inevitibility of evolution. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristie | 1/18/2014

    " Excellent discussion by an obviously brilliant man. It is well-written and he explains the most complex scientific principles in a clear and concise manner. Edifying. And thought provoking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 11/12/2013

    " The author is a scientist as well as a christian and he sees evolution as I do: a creation story infinitely more beautiful than Genesis. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liam | 11/9/2013

    " Interesting idea's, I liked the book but It failed to motivate me to look past agnosticism "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fred Dameron | 8/17/2013

    " Great to fight back against the elements of evil that want to put religion in the class room "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 7/21/2013

    " Balanced and well-written, especially given the subject material. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Decrisco | 5/2/2013

    " I thought it would be about the divinity of DNA, instead it's more aimed at agnostics who are trying to believe... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashish Jaituni | 11/21/2012

    " It's a wonderful book. Very well written! I recommend it for anyone who is interested in evolution of life, God, Intelligent Design etc. Do read it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Karl | 6/29/2012

    " I liked the first chapter, "From Atheism to Belief", but lost some interest in the rest of the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 5/31/2012

    " I am a daughter of a man of science, so I deeply appreciate Dr. Collins, this work and the work of the Bio-Logos Foundation, which he helped found. He created a space for my faith and intellect to breath. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristen | 4/1/2012

    " Loved this book! It's a highly accessible book for anyone that has ever contemplated the relationship between God & science. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Darryl | 1/5/2012

    " Disappointing. Couldn't be bothered reading past page 50. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 12/29/2011

    " A lot like The View From the Center of the Universe in presenting the idea that human conciousness is unique and linked to the cosmic story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alice | 10/17/2011

    " I got this in CA, when I was feeling all spiritual. I don't know. I just don't know about this book. When he's talking science-talk, he's an engaging writer, but then he gets al Kumbayah and there's guitar playing and I sort of tune out. I'll see how it goes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 10/14/2011

    " Very thought provoking Book! I would recommend it to anyone that is open minded. I am fine tuning my beliefs with some of the things i have read over the years. I don't toldly agree with everything in this book. Good discussions await me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Peter | 5/3/2011

    " An argument by the head of the Human Genome Project that science and religion are not incompatible but complementary. Not very convincing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Glenn | 4/28/2011

    " Writes very well for a scientst "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Xox | 4/17/2011

    " As a scientist, he should be ashamed of himself. He betrayed science and speak of religious bullshit instead. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amit | 4/16/2011

    " Don't want to review it just yet! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristen | 3/9/2011

    " Loved this book! It's a highly accessible book for anyone that has ever contemplated the relationship between God & science. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erika | 2/18/2011

    " Fascinating! Really helped to bridge the gap between science and God "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nikoshalkias | 2/15/2011

    " I found most impressive the argument that by denying science, eventually religion (or even faith) suffers. "

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About the Author
Author Francis S. Collins

Francis S. Collins MD, PhD, is a pioneer gene hunter credited with helping discover the genetic misspellings linked to a number of diseases as well as leading the Human Genome Project. He has been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the National Medal of Science for his achievements. A longtime student of the interface between science and faith, he has authored several books on the topic. He currently serves as the director of the National Institutes of Health from his home in Bethesda, Maryland.