(Say the Jesus Creed morning and evening during Lent.)
This series is from RJS and she is an expert in this topic and way beyond what I could do. I’m honored to have her leading this discussion.
Almost two years ago now Francis S. Collins, Head of the Human Genome Project at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), published a book entitled The Language of God. This book describes how Dr. Collins, an outspoken evangelical Christian reconciles his faith with his science. With this post we begin a blog series on this book. Of course there are many good books available dealing with the relationship of science and faith – so why, you may ask, is this book so important? And why is it worth a blog series?
This book has three sections. The first is autobiographical. Dr. Collins tells the story of his journey to faith from a childhood raised by parents best classified as highly educated unconventional free-thinkers; how he found God (or God found him) and how he reconciles the various attacks on faith with his belief.
The third section of the book discusses the various ways that science and faith have been and can be reconciled.
Finally in an appendix Dr. Collins discusses several of the ethical dilemmas arising from modern bioscience.
Before beginning to dig into this book in the next post there are several questions to consider.
Do you think that there is a real conflict between science and faith? Why or why not?
How does the rhetoric of the 20th and now 21st century on the science/faith conflict impact the church?