But Francis Collins is not merely a scientist, he is also a devout Christian, and in a world where it sometimes seems like science and Christianity are at odds, Collins (in his book The Language of God) argues they should not be.
For Collins, his study of science is what led him to become a Christian. Raised in an atheistic family, he eventually took (as he called it) the “comfortable position” (16) of agnosticism which allowed him to “avoid considering arguments . . . discomforting on either side" (16). However, his scientific endeavors finally provided nowhere to hide, and convinced him that there is indeed a god. But not just any god, but the personal, interactive Christian God––for him, the only logical choice.
The Language of God is a synthesis of Collins’s testimony, a discussion about the various at-odds world views in light of mapping the human genome, and a look at future uses and concerns of this new genetic knowledge.
At my mother’s request, our family book club read this book (in fact, today is discussion day). Parts of it aren’t the easiest read as it is scientific, even though Collins tries his best to put it in layman’s terms. But I feel it is an honest and fair discussion, and I would encourage everyone––Christian and non-Christian alike––to take the time to read it and reflect on it.