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Decoding the Language of God: Can a Scientist Really Be a Believer?

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In his bestselling book, The Language of God, Francis Collins—the new director of the National Institutes of Health and the scientist who led the Human Genome Project—attempted to harmonize the findings of scientific research with Christian belief. In this response to Collins’s work, fellow geneticist George C. Cunningham presents a point-by-point rebuttal of The Language ...more
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Published (first published December 1st 2009)
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Mazola1
Decoding the Language of God is a geteticist's point-by point refutation of Francis Collins' bestseller, The Language of God. In that book, Collins gave comfort to believers by arguing that a scientist can combine belief in science with belief in God. To say that Cunningham thinks that's nonsense would be an understatement. He firmly believes, and argues, that science cannot be used to support the existence of God or the supernatural. For him, science and religion are contradictory worldviews, a ...more
mike
Jul 17, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The "she said" to Francis Collins's "he said" on the compatibility of faith and science, Cunningham presents a nearly page-by-page refutation of Collins's popular book.

Ultimately he wastes our time in exactly the same way that Collins does. Each of them asserts, "I know I'm right and here are the reasons you
don't prove me wrong."

The core problem here is that nobody can seem to prove a positive; they're all busy refuting the arguments against their worldviews.

At the base of each of these worldvi
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Scott Holstad
Dec 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Not spectacular, not bad. This book is designed to be a point-by-point refutation of Francis Collin's claims about his faith in a personal god as being compatible with science. Well, many people, including a very vast majority of the world's scientists, that the two are not compatible. I don't think Cunningham has to make much effort to show the flaws, holes, logical fallacies, etc, that Collins presents in his book and thinking. Really don't need to make much of a stretch here. Unfortunately, I ...more
Preston
Nov 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an excellent book that is a great read after finishing Francis Collins', "Language of God". The chapters are carefully designed to analyze and critique Collins' attempt to harmonize scientific theory & a personal God. I think it is critical in any debate to give both sides of the issue at hand a fair chance to discuss and refute their viewpoints, and this book provides that critical counterbalance.
Tucker
Apr 10, 2011 added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who're looking for a second or third book on atheism, but not a twentieth book
Recommended to Tucker by: the author, selling copies at an atheist conference
This is an atheist scientist's response to Francis Collins, a prominent American scientist who published the popular book The Language of God attempting to reconcile his evangelical Christian worldview with his scientific worldview, a book which was in turn influenced by Collins's readings of C. S. Lewis's Christian philosophy such as Mere Christianity. Therefore, Cunningham spends a significant amount of time arguing against Lewis as well as against Collins.

I have not read Collins's book; I did
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Jun 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Decoding the Language of God: Can a Scientist Be a Believer? by George C. Cunningham

"Decoding the Language of God..." is a wonderful, well-written book by geneticist George C. Cunningham who rebuts Francis Collins' best-selling book, "The Language of God..." It's a book that cogently, and with lucid logic effectively destroys all of Mr. Collin's main points. The book is composed of the following nine chapters: 1. From Belief to Atheism, 2. Evidence and Rules of Engagement, 3. The War of Worldvi
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Baal Of
Feb 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A solid point-by-point refutation of Francis Collin's claims about his faith in a personal god being compatible with science. Thorough and easy to read, with only minor mistakes. I did find the author's repeated attempts to contrast his approach with the so-called militant atheists, particularly Dawkins, to be self-congratulatory and excessive.
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