Belief: Readings on the Reason for Faith

Belief Readings on the Reason for Faith Is there a God is the most central and profound question that humans ask With the New Atheists gaining a loud voice in today s world it is time to revisit the long standing intellectual tradition on

  • Title: Belief: Readings on the Reason for Faith
  • Author: Francis S. Collins
  • ISBN: 9780061787348
  • Page: 134
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Is there a God is the most central and profound question that humans ask With the New Atheists gaining a loud voice in today s world, it is time to revisit the long standing intellectual tradition on the side of faith Francis Collins, New York Times bestselling author of The Language of God and renowned physician and geneticist, defends the reason for faith in this pr Is there a God is the most central and profound question that humans ask With the New Atheists gaining a loud voice in today s world, it is time to revisit the long standing intellectual tradition on the side of faith Francis Collins, New York Times bestselling author of The Language of God and renowned physician and geneticist, defends the reason for faith in this provocative collection Collins is our guide as he takes us through the writings of many of the world s greatest thinkers philosophers, preachers, poets, scientists both past and present, including such luminaries as C S Lewis and Augustine, and unexpected voices such as John Locke and Dorothy Sayers Despite the doubts of a cynical world, this essential companion proves once and for all the rationality of faith In the twenty first century, many seem to have concluded that the spiritual experience and the life of the mind ought to occupy separate domains, and that disruptions, conflicts, and disenchantments will result if the firewall comes down Surely humanity s ongoing search for truth is not enriched by such limitations In the words of Socrates, the key to a fully mature and richly rewarding life, both for us as individuals and as a society, is to follow the argument wherever it leads, unafraid of the consequences If this collection of essays provides even a small encouragement in this direction for the seeker, the believer, or the skeptic, that will be gratifying indeed from the Introduction

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    1. Belief-Francis S. CollinsHarperOne, 2010312 pagesEssays; InspirationalSource: LibrarySummary: An anthology exploring faith and visiting the works of many brillaint thinkers including those expected as CS Lewis and St. Augustine as well as the unexpected like Dorothy Sayers.Thoughts: The book is divided in to different sections with essays relating to a particular theme are grouped together. Originally I was just going to share my favorites but since I loved almost all of them, I decided to go th [...]

    2. The three hundred of so pages contained within the bindings of Belief have changed the world and continue to do so each day. The insights compiled are the foundations of modern day Christian belief, and take the reader from Ancient Greece to post-World-War-2 England to the American civil rights movement to Nazi Germany and to the heights of Tibet. No review could do justice to the messages of the 33 brilliant minds, but I will highlight a few that inspired and broadened my thinking. N.T. Wright [...]

    3. I randomly saw this on the nonfiction shelf at my library and was eager to give it a read, as I've been on a nonfiction/religion/philosophy kick lately. I have to admit that I only made it through about 65% of the essays, as some of them were too abstruse for my liking. I expected the general theme to be more of an examination of the reasonS why faith and God are such an important part of life, not the reasonING as to why they do/do not exist. I've never been great at logic problems, and some of [...]

    4. This anthology of arguments for belief in God focuses mainly on the Western/Christian concept of deity; however, there are a few selections from Jewish and Eastern perspectives. The book covers a very wide arena. While all of the writings argue for belief in deity, they do not all have the same concept of deity. The various arguments for belief are inconsistent in their epistemology and ontology. There is also some inconstancy among these authors in their definition of the divine. Considering ev [...]

    5. This is a great collection of essays to have for anyone who believes in God. Great ideas from not only Christians but also from Jewish and Eastern religions. Some of the essays were a little hard to follow in the "Classic Arguments" chapter, and some others felt a little out of place but overall it was worth the read. For anyone who wants to know the best essays were the ones written by Madeleine L'Engle, Art Lindsley, Elie Wiesel, John Polkinghorne, C.S. Lewis, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Gandhi, The [...]

    6. This book is a collection of persuasive essays and excerpts arguing the existence of God. I am very fond of seeing logical and scientific arguments on both sides of this debate, and consequently really enjoyed reading this.

    7. Belief sets out to demonstrate that "faith" and "reason" (as they are commonly talked about) are not opposed to each other. By presenting powerful writings from several different authors, it aims to undo that perception. People need not abandon their rationality to embrace a religious view. Even if someone ends up disagreeing with the conclusions of the various authors, and remains skeptical, they cannot possibly say the authors are not engaging with their own reason. There is room for respectfu [...]

    8. Enjoyed this collection of readings from a variety of sources--from Plato and Thomas Aquinas to Madeleine L'Engle and Martin Luther King, Jr. to Desmond Tutu and Gandhi.The readings are divided into following sections: Classic Arguments for Faith and ReasonThe Meaning of TruthLoving God with All Your MindFaith and the Problem of Evil and SufferingFaith and the Cry for JusticeThe Harmony of Science and FaithMiracles, Longing, and MysticismLove and Forgiveness as Pointers to GodVoices from the Eas [...]

    9. Dr. Collins states in the introduction: "The increasingly secular Western world seems to be loosing touch with the long history of intellectual arguments supporting a rational basis for faith." Personally, I see no conflict (actually just the opposite) between the truth I see in nature (including evolution) and belief in the God of Abraham. The conflict we see today is largely, in my opinion, contrived by lazy "scientists" and religious leaders to help them maintain control and wealth. Belief is [...]

    10. A wonderful anthology of spiritual readings addressing the seeming conflicts between faith and reason. The selections are drawn from classics of Christianity to voices from Eastern religions. Many selections are worthy of multiple readings to capture the precise arguments made by the various authors, from Augustine to the Dalai Llama. If you find Dawkins, Hitchens and Co. cold and strident, you will appreciate Francis Collins careful structuring of this very good anthology. Collins' introductory [...]

    11. a most worthy collection of smart writings on the persistent idea that faith and reason are not in conflict and furthermore that religion and science are not in conflict. francis s. collins is the current director of the human genome project. my most recent learning during this current crash course on this alleged conflict area (religion and science) is "genetic fallacy" time to get that one in hand for sure! enpedia/wiki/Genetic_

    12. the writings of incredibly intelligent, even brilliant, people fill this book. it was a great challenge for my brain. i confess i skipped a bit towards the end, though. i got the gist of what most were saying and it was very encouraging to read - however challenging. i would definitely recommend to anyone.

    13. The book is a collection of essays on belief in God. Collins did a really good job in putting them together, and in covering a large amount of territory. A few articles were sufficiently good and interesting that I had to inflict them on my wife and one of my sons. I am now tempted to purchase books by some of the authors that I have never read before.

    14. Very useful little anthology filled with insightful selections that do not typically appear in other works of this kind. So, this is not just a repetition of selections I have already read in other anthologies.

    15. A good book. It is not overly detailed, as the work is a collection of essays and chapters from other famous works, but it is interesting. If you are looking for a light read about why faith is plausible, you may want to check this book out.

    16. Does it bother anyone else that every one of these arguments has already been disproven ten times over or is completely off topic?

    17. Even if we assume that these mathematical principles can be understood by humans, we cannot answer (scientifically) why humans are able to comprehend it and how they came to be.

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