Book Announcement: The Language of Science and Faith Straight Answers to Genuine Questions

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Intervarsity Press is constantly producing material for the modern Christian audience with one foot in the past and one in the future. I think about ]]’s Genesis One and the books in the ]] series and how these works are shaping my own conversation and, um, unsettling my Christianity… I would like to recommend…

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About the Book

Christians affirm that everything exists because of God–from subatomic quarks to black holes. Science often claims to explain nature without including God at all. And thinking Christians often feel forced to choose between the two.

But the good news is that we don’t have to make a choice. Science does not overthrow the Bible. Faith does not require rejecting science. World-renowned scientist Francis Collins, author of The Language of God, along with fellow scientist Karl Giberson show how we can embrace both. Their fascinating treatment explains how God cares for and interacts with his creation while science offers a reliable way to understand the world he made.

Together they clearly answer dozens of the most common questions people ask about Darwin, evolution, the age of the earth, the Bible, the existence of God and our finely tuned universe. They also consider how their views stack up against the new atheists as well as against creationists and adherents of intelligent design.

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.

Reviews & Endorsements

“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.” —Dr. Joel C. Hunter, Northland Church, Longwood, Florida

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

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4 Replies to “Book Announcement: The Language of Science and Faith Straight Answers to Genuine Questions”

    1. Honestly, Robert, this is spam. If you do it again, I’ll report you for spam. Soon, you will not be able to comment on wordpress blogs because you will be blocked.

      The First Scandal is filth

  1. Dear Joel,

    I tried to send you two e-mails. But the delivery system failed for some reason. So this is the only way I can contact you.

    I don’t agree with you that Saint Augustine had a filthy mind. Because sex isn’t about filth. 1600 years ago Augustine took the first step based on his interpretation of the material in the Septuagint and the Hebrew/Aramaic text that would be translated into the Latin Vulgate by Saint Jerome in Augustine’s lifetime and, finally, into the 2nd and 3rd chapters of Genesis in 1611 when the first English translation of the Latin Vulgate was published as the Bible. (I hope you don’t think the 7th verse of the 3rd chapter of Genesis is filth!) I took the second step based on a second and more thoughtful look at the same evidence. It’s that simple. If you can provide a better exegesis for the 2nd and 3rd chapters of Genesis please e-mail the exegesis to me as soon as possible.

    Show the sodomy exegesis to people you know and ask them to intelligently criticize it. We are all frightened. But we cannot let ourselves be governed by our fears–this is basic to all religion and philosophy. Thinking is really the only activity that sets humans apart from the rest of the animal kingdom.

    Good luck to you. And thank you for writing to me. I do appreciate hearing from people–it rarely happens.

    Best wishes always,

    Robert Hagedorn

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