Thank you so much for posting what you are reading. You are tipping me off to some exciting topics & books.
Mr. Grant- I just recently stumbled upon an article about a book by the Director of the Human Genome Project, Francis Collins- The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief. Have you read this?
Littleravengirl-I recently heard an interview with Francis Collins on NPR's "Fresh Air". I am happy to report that he sounded like a committed evangelical christian. On the other hand, he is a theistic evolutionist. He stated in the interview that the scientific record provides "incontrovertible proof" that Darwin's theory is true. He said that Genesis 1 & 2 should not be read literally. He gave his testimony during this interview. He was apparently already an accomplished scientist when he came to Christ. Already having scientific presuppositions may explain his stance on this. I am sure that Dr. Grant can eloborate more, but thought I would let you know since I just heard this interview last week. In Christ - Jason Parolini
All: I too have read and heard some interviews of Collins--though I have not yet bought his book. I plan to do so. He does indeed sound as if he is a professing Evangelical Christian. His theistic evolutionary position notwithstanding, he has been afforded an open forum to say some very profound things.
Dr. Grant -You are absolutely correct about his open forum. The day before his interview on "Fresh Air", they interviewed Richard Dawkins about his new book "The God Delusion". The interviewer (Terry Gross) asked Dr. Collins a very pointed question about how he can be a scientist which deals with evidence and a christian which is a matter of faith. In the mind of the interviewer (and Richard Dawkins) clearly the "scientific method" and faith are in opposition to one another. His reply was winsome and wonderful. He quoted the Bible. Yea, that's right, he quoted Hebrews 11:1 and pointed out that in the very definition of biblical faith the term "evidence" is used..... Christ is risen! Christ is risen indeed!! Jason Parolini
Wow! This is great stuff. I will have to check out that interview on NPR, thanks so much for letting me know about it Jason.I went to look for his book the other day at B&N in the science section, and became frustrated because they had books on how science disproves God, but I had to go to the Christianity section of the bookstore to find the book written by Dr. Collins. I personally think they should have the books side by side.
Hi George,I heard your lecture on Islam at the Vision Forum conference on History. You said to the effect, "Every Islamic country that exists today was conquered through military might, violence, and coercion." I have been telling this to a lot of people. And although I believe what you said, I have been feeling pretty vulnerable not having the facts you used to backup that statement. It's a pretty startling track record of Islam: not one example of a Jonah or a St. Patrick who won the culture through love and good deeds, but all through the sword.Someone responded recently to me by saying "Malaysia and Indonesia are two Muslim majority countries that were never invaded any Muslim armies. India remained under Islamic rule for 1000 years, but most of the ruler were secular. Emperor Akbar had Hindu wives and started his own religion. Islam spread their because of Muslim saints. If Islam spread by force, then 1000 years of rule in India and 400 years of rule in Spain should have been sufficient to convert both nations to Islam."My questions to you are 1. Can you provide me the list of currently existing Islamic countries you had in mind when you made that statement, and can you provide the historical circumstances that led to their Islamic majority, and 2. How did Malaysia become Islamic, and 3. to what extent historically has India been under Islamic rule? I don't consider India Islamic today.
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