Books and Readings

The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief
Dr. Francis Collins
Free Press, New York, 2006

 Dr. Francis Collins is a physician and geneticist known for spearheading the Human Genome Project and for his landmark discoveries of disease genes. With Collins at the helm, the Human Genome Project produced a finished sequence of human DNA in 2003.  Formerly an atheist, Collins became a Christian in his 20s after realizing his perspective did not provide answers to profound questions about the meaning of life and was inconsistent with observations about the nature of the universe and humankind. He wrote about finding harmony between the scientific and spiritual worldviews in The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief, which spent 20 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list. Collins coined the term BioLogos to define the conclusions he reached about how life, or bios, came about through God’s word, or logos. DNA, therefore, may be considered God’s language.

 Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense
N. T. Wright
HarperCollins 2006

 English Bishop Nicholas Thomas Wright makes a case for Christ in his non-fiction work, Simply Christian. Wright argues that Christianity makes sense of the world.  Evaluating it from all angles in his highly acclaimed book, Wright’s critical examination of the world’s dominating monotheistic religion makes for a good read, especially for beginners seeking an introduction to Christianity.  Wright addresses the most frequently asked questions about Christianity, providing answers in simple terms, ‘echoing’ the book’s title. His literary style connects with a reader who may be unfamiliar with theological terminology while inviting the scholar to engage Christian concepts on a deeper level. Regardless of religious expertise, or lack thereof, upon of Simply Christian, the reader will have developed a greater appreciation of the Christian faith.

The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism
Timothy Keller
Dutton 2008

In this apologia for Christian faith, Keller mines material from literary classics, philosophy, anthropology and a multitude of other disciplines to make an intellectually compelling case for God. Written for skeptics and the believers who love them, the book draws on the author’s encounters as founding pastor of New York’s booming Redeemer Presbyterian Church. One of Keller’s most provocative arguments is that all doubts, however skeptical and cynical they may seem, are really a set of alternate beliefs. Drawing on sources as diverse as 19th-century author Robert Louis Stevenson and contemporary New Testament theologian N.T. Wright, Keller attempts to deconstruct everyone he finds in his way, from the evolutionary psychologist Richard Dawkins to popular author Dan Brown. The first, shorter part of the book looks at popular arguments against God’s existence, while the second builds on general arguments for God to culminate in a sharp focus on the redemptive work of God in Christ. Keller’s condensed summaries of arguments for and against theism make the scope of the book overwhelming at times. Nonetheless, it should serve both as testimony to the author’s encyclopedic learning and as a compelling overview of the current debate on faith for those who doubt and for those who want to re-evaluate what they believe, and why.

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