I know in some sense I’m on Francis Collins’s website, so I want to clarify that I’m not about to bash him personally. I’ve been reading The Language of God though, and I want to address some things.
First, his attempt to explain the problem of evil was cringe-worthy. I literally cringed and closed the book in slight pain. I kid you not, my head started hurting as I contemplated just how wild his claims were on pgs 42 - 47. Especially this one:
Perhaps on rare occasions God does perform miracles. But for the most part, the existence of free will and order in the physical universe are inexorable facts. While we might wish for such miraculous deliverance to occur more frequently, the consequence of interrupting these two sets of forces would be utter chaos. (Collins 44)
How? That last sentence makes no sense, and he doesn’t even expound it, he just moves on. That Collins thought he could rationally explain God’s decision to continue letting evil exist in ~5 pages, when humans for thousands of years have written tomes on this topic, is simply astounding.
Second, how can Collins attack ID when he essentially makes an ID argument his book’s thesis? In fact, the book’s subtitle is an ID claim! "The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence For Belief ". Huh?? This is extremely confusing, and even contradictory. The book has an entire chapter devoted to dismantling ID, yet the purpose of the book is to point to an intelligent designer. Collins explicitly claims that the Big Bang and the universe’s fine-tuning point to God. I do believe that nature points to God but … I’m just legitimately lost. How does the founder of BioLogos (which is resolutely anti ID) rail against ID but advocate ID at the same time? It’s perplexing and not helpful.
All of that aside, I’ve been learning more about evolutionary processes, and I think I’m steadily warming up to a point of view more in line with BioLogos’s. I’m just going to just read Adam and the Genome, hopefully it’s more consistent.