The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief is a book by Francis Collins in which he advocates theistic evolution. Francis Collins is an American physician-geneticist, noted for his landmark discoveries of disease genes, and his leadership of the Human Genome Project (HGP). In the book, Collins describes briefly the process by which he became a Christian.
Collins raises arguments for the idea of God from biology, astrophysics, psychology and other disciplines. He cites many famous thinkers, most prevalently C. S. Lewis, and also including Saint Augustine, Stephen Hawking, Charles Darwin, Theodosius Dobzhansky and others. In 2007 Christianity Today judged it one of the best books of the previous year.
The book proposes the name "BioLogos" as a new term for theistic evolution.
Bios is the Greek word for "life". Logos is Greek for "word," with a broader meaning in Heracleitean Philosophy and Stoicism--namely the rational principle ordering the universe. In Christian theology, "Word" refers to Christ in this role, as the creative agent for all that exists. This application is especially elucidated the first section of the gospel of John, forming part the textual basis for Christian belief in the Trinity. It is an alternative title to God the Son for the second person of the trinity.
"BioLogos" expresses the belief that God is the source of all life and that life expresses the will of God. It represents a fresh new term for theistic evolution, a potentially confusing term for the position held by biologists who are also believers. BioLogos represents the view that science and faith can co-exist in harmony.
BioLogos rests on the following premises:
In a review Robert K. Eberle wrote that Collins' "defense of evolution that is one of the stronger points in his book," but it "runs counter to the creationists and Intelligent Design crowd.
Sam Harris wrote a review, criticising Collins's waterfall argument with a comparison to the myth of Romulus and Remus, and arguing his treatment of altruism's evolution ignored kin selection and exaptation and that rationalists should ask whether evidence suggests the existence of God rather than whether it is compatible with it. As well as criticising Collins's treatment of the big bang, Harris accused Collins of misquoting Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking on religion and of misrepresenting the Galileo affair.
Decoding the Language of God.(Decoding the Language of God: Can a Scientist Really Be a Believer? - A Geneticist Responds to Francis Collins)(Brief article)(Book review)
Apr 01, 2010; Decoding the Language of God George C. Cunningham, MD, MPH Prometheus Books 59 John Glenn Drive, Amherst, NY 14228-2119...