Francis Collins on Faith vs. Science

FRANCIS COLLINS, U.S. DIRECTOR OF THE HUMAN GENOME PROJECT: “Will we turn our backs on science because it is perceived as a threat to God, abandoning all the promise of advancing our understanding of nature and applying that to the alleviation of suffering and the betterment of humankind?

“Alternatively, will we turn our backs on faith, concluding that science has rendered the spiritual life no longer necessary, and that traditional religious symbols can now be replaced by engravings of the double helix on our altars?

“Both of these choices are profoundly dangerous. Both deny truth. Both will diminish the nobility of humankind. Both will be devastating to our future. And both are unnecessary. The God of the Bible is also the God of the genome. He can be worshipped in the cathedral or in the laboratory. His creation is majestic, awesome, intricate and beautiful—and it cannot be at war with itself. Only we imperfect humans can start such battles. And only we can end them.”

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3 Responses

  1. Christian Le says:

    How could science be a threat to God while He is the Creator of all sciences. However we should never worship science as a god or the intellectual pride of scientists but the Creator of the universe who revealed Himself and allowed mankind and humble scientists who have the reverent fear of God within their souls to discover the great things He has done, ultimately in Christ Jesus our Lord – the Creator of all!

    I greatly admire Isaac Newton. He has been called “the greatest scientific genius the world has known.” Yet he spent less time on science than on theology. He wants to know His Creator intimately, know more about Him and his greatness!

  2. Randy Gore says:

    I agree with what Collins states here. Ironically though, he and BioLogos does not follow this advice as it trades the man-made philosophies of Darwinian Evolution, and its attempt to fuse those together with the Bible and ultimately violate the teachings in the Bible, for the truth of the Word itself and the more scientific explanations of nature (which correspond with the literal reading of the Creation texts). BioLogos is a sellout to humanistic philosophies on origins and thus violates both the Word of God and true science.

  3. Thomas Quine says:

    I wonder what Collins has in mind when he speaks of worship in the laboratory. The laboratories in mainstream venues are hostile to teleology. Even Collins’ impressive resume has done little to change that situation.

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