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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: SPCK Publishing; annotated edition edition (17 Mar. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0281064288
  • ISBN-13: 978-0281064281
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 2 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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"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."--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 professionals in both science and theology. It is at once intelligent and inspiring."--Nancey Murphy, professor of Christian philosophy, Fuller Theological Seminary

"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."--Owen Gingerich, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, author of God's Universe

"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."--Joel C. Hunter, Northland Church, Longwood, Florida

"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

"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"

"After all the shouting in this science/religion conflict, I appreciated the calm, respectful tone that characterizes The Language of Science and Faith."--LeRoy Lawson, Christian Standard, September 2012

"We need more models like this that show us how to interact with the issues so that we will not continue to hypocritically take advantage of the advances of science while rejecting its foundational theories. Collins and Giberson are humble and gentle guides in this regard."--Amos Yong, The Pneuma Review, Summer 2012

"In this informative and accessible book, [Giberson and Collins] answer many questions about evolution and its relation to Christian faith."--The Christian Century, May 2, 2012

"This book should convince those sitting on or near the fence on questions of evolution and Christian belief. In this context, I heartily recommend The Language of Science and Faith."--Thomas Jay Oord, Studies in Religion/Sciences Religieuses, 40(4)

"This book will illuminate an under-exposed mind to methods of science oftentimes demonized. If nothing else, The Language of Science and Faith makes a great read and an excellence source of insight into a side of the creation-evolution debate not typically explored by evangelicals."--Cody Hamilton Nygard, The Baptist Standard, August 15, 2011

"The authors 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."--Christian News, March 21, 2011

"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 Nature's Witness: How Evolution Can Inspire Faith --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Karl W Giberson has written or co-authored nine books, and lectured on science-and-religion at the Vatican, Oxford University, London's Thomas Moore Institute, and at many prestigious American venues including MIT and The Harvard Club. He has published more than 200 reviews and essays in outlets that include NY Times, CNN.com, the Guardian, USA Today, LA Times and Salon.com. He is a regular contributor to the public dialogue on Science and Faith, and has appeared as a guest on NPR's Morning Edition and Talk of the Nation as well as other radio programs. Dr. Giberson now teaches writing, and science-and-religion in the Cornerstone Program at Stonehill College. Francis S Collins is a world renowned geneticist. He spearheaded the Human Genome Project, which finished sequencing human DNA in 2003, and is Director of the National Institutes of Health, founder of The BioLogos Foundation and the author of The Language of God.

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For a geneticist as renowned as Francis Collins to write a book as accessible to the non-scientist as this one is a great achievement in itself. But the particular advantage of this book over many others of the genre, is the seriousness with with it treats the biblical considerations and concerns of Christians who are keen to understand the scientific explanations of life - but not at the cost of compromising their faith. This is particularly delicate in the US, where young-earth, old-earth, and other types of creationists still vie with evolution (both theistic and atheistic) in an ongoing battle for cultural dominance. In the UK, the battle is mainly over, but the casualties are the many who have lost their faith or turned their back on science because of a perception of irreconcilability. This book, in a respectful, careful, yet lucid way, works over well-worn ground with fresh insights, and gives evidence and hope that the Bible and science can (and perhaps must) be reconciled after all. It is often a matter of interpretation - both biblically and scientifically - rather than core content, that lies at the root of much disagreement. Giberson and Collins understand and elucidate this brilliantly.
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Format: Hardcover
As a devout born-again Christian I am somewhat confused by the myriad of voices clamouring for attention on this subject. This really is the first book that, to my mind, makes complete impartial sense without being at all 'sensationalist' or trying to exaggerate the facts to make them fit a certain point of view.

It really is written with a high level of thought process and consideration for the reader so as to make a potentially very confusing subject quite clear for any reader to follow who has an interest in this topic.

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I had been asked to read a book, Before the Dawn, concerning the evolution of mankind and the spread of homo sapiens out of Africa into the rest of the world. It was a fascinating read but it caused me to ask myself some difficult questions regarding my understanding of God's role in creation and His relationship with mankind. It also prompted me to delve a little deeper. Of course there are many books on this subject but for the most part they tend to adopt extreme positions. Then I found this book co-authored by Francis S Collins who was the leader of the Human Genome Project. This is a book written by an eminent scientist who has a strong Christian faith. As you might expect it is a well-reasoned explanation of the relationship between the scientific understanding of human evolution and the Christian standpoint. I would recommend it to any Christian who finds him- or herself having to confront the difficult questions of science and faith.
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What an awesome, informative book. I have now ordered all of Francis Collin's other books. Easy to read and understand.
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Format: Hardcover
Authors: Karl W. Gibson and Frances S. Collins
Publisher: IVP Books
Copyright date: 2011
ISBN: 978-0-8308-3829-5
Pages: 251
Cover: Hard & white with dust jacket

Preface, Acknowledgements, Introduction,
1 Do I Have to Believe in Evolution?
2 Can We Really Know the Earth Is Billions of Years Old?
3 How Do We Relate Science and Religion?
4 Can Scientific and Scriptural Truth Be Reconciled?
5 Science and the Existence of God
6 Why Is Darwin's Theory So Controversial?
7 What Is the Fine-Tuning of the Universe, and How Does It Serve as a Pointer to God?
8 Evolution and Human Beings
9 The Grand Narrative of Creation
Annotated Bibliography, Notes, Names Index, Subject Index, Index of Questions

The chapters have sub questions as laid out in the Index of Questions.
E.G. the sub questions in Chapter 1 run like this:-
So What Is Evolution?
What Is the Role of Genes?
What Is Common Descent?
What Is Natural Selection?
When Did Genetics Become a Part of Evolution?
What Is the Best Proof That Evolution Has Occurred?
Can Evolution Really Make New Species?
Is There Proof of Macroevolution?
Did We Come from Monkeys?

As explained in the Acknowledgements (p12), this book is the distillation of the FAQs provoked by a previous book entitled "The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief" by Francis Collins. The BioLogos Foundation and its web site, [...] where created to cope with this flood. So "The Language of Science and Faith" has quite a heavy provenance along with the imprimatur of publication by the InterVarsity Press.
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