American physician-geneticist, noted for his landmark discoveries of disease genes.
Appointed director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 2009.
"One of the great tragedies of our time is this impression that has been created that science and religion have to be at war." - Francis CollinsHe was an atheist in grad school and became an evangelical Christian, while practicing medicine and seeing how dying people got strength thru faith.
His best selling book "The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief", 2006, describes how C.S. Lewis' "Mere Christianity" helped move him from atheism to belief. In addition to scientific arguments he points to the fact that all cultures and religions of the world endorse a universal, absolute and timeless Moral Law, as "the strongest signpost of God".
In this talk, "The Language of God", at a Q conference, Collins explores our two foundational sources of knowledge: nature and the Bible. He proposes a way of thinking about science and faith that sees each as complementary to the other. As a leading researcher, Collins illustrates how his work with the Human Genome Project validates current biological theory without calling into question his faith in a moral, personal God.
Q (www.qideas.org/about/history-mission.aspx) is a group started around 2007 to reintroduce Christians to what had seemed missing in recent decades from an American expression of Christian faithfulness, by bringing together innovators, social entrepreneurs, entertainers, artists, church-shapers, futurists, scientists, educators, historians, environmentalists and everyday people doing extraordinary things can come together to learn and collaborate.
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