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The Language of Science and Faith: An Overview
The Language of Science and Faith surveys this intersection. The authors are evangelical Christians, committed to the historic truths of Christianity and the central role of the Bible in communicating those truths. But as scientists, the authors are mindful that the changing understanding of the natural world invites continuous reconsideration of some of those truths, particularly those relating to the natural world. Sometimes, as with Galileo, this changing understanding can seem threatening to faith. Other times, as seen recently with the discovery that the laws of nature are fine-tuned for life, this changing understanding is wonderfully faith-affirming.
The intersection of science and religion is a controversial place, filled with potholes, poisonous vines and landmines. Countless assertions, some of them contradictory, are made by Christians with great force on many topics, including the age of the earth, the source of morality, the nature of the Genesis creation account and the origins of humankind. The authors are mindful of these controversies and have striven to offer words of reconciliation and harmony, seeking to avoid adding fuel to fires that have been burning far too long. On the other hand, as scientists, the authors are convinced that there are truths about the natural world that must be confronted, no matter how disturbing they seem. But as Christians, the authors are also convinced that there are certain theological truths—like God is the Creator—that must be integrated into any understanding of nature if it is to be a Christian understanding.
On topics where legitimate disagreement exists, readers are offered a range of possibilities consistent with what is known about the natural world and the Bible. The approach to such controversies presented here derives from the belief that God has provided two distinct, complementary and reliable revelations—the Bible and the natural world. The Language of Science and Faith seeks a harmony in which the insights of both are respected and taken seriously, and one is not automatically assumed to trump the other.
A quick glance at the table of contents will reveal that The Language of Science and Faith is organized within a framework of questions. Each chapter gathers a collection of closely related topics and presents them as responses to questions. The authors hope this will make it easy for readers to find what they are looking for without having to hunt for it.
Readers interested in continuing the conversation in this book are encouraged to visit www.biologos.org.
—Adapted from the Preface and Acknowledgements in The Language of Science and Faith
About the Authors
Karl W. Giberson (Ph.D.) is a leading voice in America's creation-evolution controversy and the author or coauthor of four books on science and religion, including Oracles of Science: Celebrity Scientists Versus God and Religion (with Mariano Artigas), Species of Origins: America's Search for a Creation Story (with Donald Yerxa) and Saving Darwin: How to Be a Christian and Believe in Evolution, which was included in the Washington Post's "Best Books of 2008" list.
Giberson serves as professor of physics at Eastern Nazarene College, directs the Forum on Faith and Science at Gordon College, and is executive vice president of The BioLogos Foundation, which he helped launch.
He has published more than 150 articles, reviews and essays, and he blogs regularly at The Huffington Post.
Francis S. Collins (M.D., Ph.D.) is a world-renowned physician-geneticist known for his discovery of the causes of many human genetic diseases. He is also known for spearheading the Human Genome Project, which produced the first complete sequence of human DNA in 2003.
In 2006 Collins published The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief, which spent twenty weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. In 2007, he founded The BioLogos Foundation to respond to the many queries he receives about science and faith. Since August 2009, he has served as the director of the National Institutes of Health.
His most recent books, all authored prior to his current government position, include The Language of Life: DNA and the Revolution in Personalized Medicine and Belief: Readings on the Reason for Faith.
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