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The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for by Francis S. Collins

By Francis S. Collins

Dr. Francis Collins, head of the Human Genome venture, is likely one of the world's prime scientists. He works on the leading edge of the research of DNA, the code of lifestyles. but he's additionally a guy of unshakable religion in God and scripture.

Dr. Collins believes that religion in God and religion in technological know-how can coexist inside someone and be harmonious. In The Language of God he makes his case for God and for technology. He has heard each argument opposed to religion from scientists, and he can refute them. He has additionally heard the useless rejection of medical truths by way of a few humans of religion, and he can counter that, too. He explains his personal trip from atheism to religion, after which takes readers for a gorgeous travel of recent technology to teach that physics, chemistry, and biology can all healthy including trust in God and the Bible. The Language of God is vital studying for someone who wonders in regards to the private questions of religion: Why are we the following? How did we get the following? What does lifestyles suggest?

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Surprising but mundane events are not automatically miraculous. For the deist, who sees God as having created the universe but then wandering off in some other place to carry out other activities, there is no more reason to consider natural events as miraculous than there is for the committed materialist. For the theist, who believes in a God who is involved in the lives of human beings, various thresholds of assumption of the miraculous are likely to apply, depending on that individual's perception about how likely it is that God would intervene in everyday circumstances.

Science is progressive and self-correcting: no significantly erroneous conclusions or false hypotheses can be sustained for long, as newer observations will ultimately knock down incorrect constructs. But over a long period of time, a consistent set of observations sometimes emerges that leads to a new framework of understanding. That framework is then given a much more substantive description, and is called a "theory"—the theory of gravitation, the theory of relativity, or the germ theory, for instance.

By Bayes's Theorem it is now possible to calculate the "posterior" probabilities, and conclude that there is a 96 percent likelihood that the deck of cards you drew from was one of the "miraculous" ones. This same analysis can be applied to apparently miraculous events in daily experience. Suppose you have observed a spontaneous cure of a cancer in an advanced stage, which is known to be fatal in nearly every instance. Is this a miracle? To evaluate that question in the Bayesian sense will require you to postulate what the "prior" is of a miraculous cure of cancer occurring in the first place.

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