Three dollars and my expectations were too high for this book. Francis Collins, the head of the Human Genome Project, did not write his book The Language of God about his work on the Human Genome Project. I purchased this book with the expectations of reading about Collin’s work on sequencing of the base pairs that make up our DNA. I thought it would be a treatise on research and methodology in an effort to understand the stuff that we are made up of.
Collins book instead was his attempt to answer a few apologetic questions (Why Suffering?; The Harm of Religion; and why all the religions?). This chapter of the book brought nothing new to the table in apologetics, however; his story of personal faith was very interesting.
In the second section Collins makes the case for God as the speaker of the Big Bang (I see no problem here) but evolution as the method by which God brought life into its current state (a huge problem). Collins throws his hat in (actually he started the foundation) with fellow Old Testament guru Peter Enns. Enns, in the same way, denied the literal Adam and argues for evolution as the method of God’s action in this world.
Finally, the last section of the book is a critique of Creationism, both young and old, Atheism and its untenable premesis’ and the Intelligent Design movement. It is fairly easy to deduce that he has no need for any of these ideas and that they are all left wanting. He argues for BioLogos (life through speech), essentially that God ordered evolution to accomplish his purposes. Theistic evolution…from a book I had high hopes for.
Collins book includes little scientific research and even less application of scientific methods. It is more of a history of the interaction between science and faith. His interpretative methods need more fleshing out, his stance on Genesis 1-2 needs more explanation, and though he claims Biologos is different from theistic evolution, he does little to differentiate them.