The Language of God was a book that I read during the most intense crisis of faith that I’ve ever had. Faced with the possibility that the apparent reality of evolution might invalidate the existence of God, I spent hours reading, praying, discussing, etc. to find out the truth. The Language of God was a critical part of that journey.
Knowing that Dr. Collins was an incredibly reputable researcher and yet somehow found a way to reconcile evolution and faith helped provide the impetus to search for my own intellectual and spiritual reconciliation. Some of the insights and arguments he made clarified some misconceptions I had and made me feel like there was hope to find the common ground between science and faith.
Ultimately, I found that place, and eventually became an evolutionary biologist in the process, publishing research that I would have once found terrifying to read in my anti-evolution period. Now I operate in a place where I can help fellow Christians engage with science, and evolution specifically, in a meaningful way. Furthermore, I’ve been able to help those skeptical of the existence of God understand that people can be scientists and follow Jesus Christ, and not somehow have their heads explode!
Dr. Collins’ courage and compassion in publishing that book changed my life forever and for the better, so I’ll forever be grateful to him. Congratulations!!!