Belief is more than an anthology; it is a provocation, a brilliant and wide ranging series of readings on the possibilities, problems and mysteries of faith. This book belongs on the shelf of every believer – and every serious skeptic. - Rabbi David Wolpe
San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) February 23, 2010
“Is there a God?” is the most central and profound question we humans ask.
It’s a subject that’s been thoughtfully discussed, defended, and refuted throughout the ages. However, the debate has recently been dominated by extreme voices—outspoken atheists such as Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins who argue that faith in God is irrational.
But as Francis Collins argues in the introduction to Belief: Readings on the Reason for Faith(HarperOne; March 2010; Hardcover; $19.99; ISBN 9780061787348), “faith and reason are not, as many seem to be arguing today, mutually exclusive. They never have been.”
The renowned physician and geneticist and New York Times bestselling author of The Language of God has compiled a provocative collection of essays which reinforce the longstanding intellectual tradition on the side of faith. Including the writings of many of the world’s greatest thinkers from past to present—philosophers, preachers, poets, and scientists—Belief features the work of C.S. Lewis, Martin Luther King, Jr., Madeleine L’Engle, Elie Wiesel, Desmond Tutu, Mother Teresa, Mahatma Gandhi, and many others.
An essential companion for anyone seeking clarity on the ongoing debate between reason and faith, Belief proves once and for all, despite the doubts of a cynical world, the rationality of faith.
Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., is one of the world’s leading geneticists. The former Director of the National Human Genome Research Institute at the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Collins is the bestselling author of The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief and The Language of Life: DNA and the Revolution in Personalized Medicine. He has recently been appointed as the Director of the National Institutes of Health.
Additional Praise for Belief:
“Belief is more than an anthology; it is a provocation, a brilliant, wide ranging and powerful series of readings on the possibilities, problems and mysteries of faith. This book belongs on the shelf of every believer – and every serious skeptic.”
— Rabbi David Wolpe, author of Why Faith Matters
"Why believe? Let Francis Collins, the eminent scientist, public intellectual and careful thinker, help you answer life's most basic question. In this personal and persuasive book, Collins offers those authors who helped lead him to God…This life-giving, faith-filled and hard-nosed collection reveals why, as St. Anselm wrote, true faith always seeks to understand." — Rev. James Martin, SJ, author of My Life With the Saints
“As I read through the chapters, I felt I was at a banquet table with old friends. What a feast Francis Collins has served!”
— Philip Yancy, author of What's So Amazing About Grace
“Collins wisely surmises that the question of God’s existence is the most essential question we can ask for the answer defines life itself. I have had the privilege of knowing Dr. Collins for many years and have deeply enjoyed his friendship. While I do not share the perspective of every essay in this collection, they are a powerful counterpoint to the strident atheism of our day and any reader will be stirred to engage with this very profound question.”
— Ravi Zacharias, author of The Grand Weaver
“Belief is a wonderful exposé on the different arguments for religious and spiritual beliefs. These readings are critical for our understanding of religion and will be essential for fostering greater dialogue about the nature of religion in the future. An important read for anyone interested in the study of religion and spirituality.”
— Andrew Newberg, M.D., author of Why God Won't Go Away
Readings on the Reason for Faith
By Francis S. Collins
HarperOne, an Imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers
March 2010 | $19.99 | Hardcover | ISBN: 9780061787348