Breaking News: Science and Religion Reconcilable

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Thought some of you might enjoy this interview with Francis Collins, head of the Human Genome Project and an evangelical Christian. He talks about his faith and why in his view it’s not incompatible with science. Bonus for Al: Collins got his religious start reading C.S. Lewis’s book Mere Christianity. Since folks like me will always be in the minority, hopefully folks like Collins can help keep the unwashed masses from voting to ban science because of the mistaken view that it undermines their faith(s).

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3 Responses to “Breaking News: Science and Religion Reconcilable”

  1. Capt MidKnight Says:

    Sandi,
    Thanks a lot for posting the Salon article. I’m off today to try and find Dr. Collins’ book. Way too many discussions on this subject have suffered from ignorance on one side and arrogance on the other. This author doesen’t seem to have either of those faults.

    Back in my Harding College days, I had one teacher, who later became a friend as well, who was a committed Christian and also a brilliant organic chemist. He was a great teacher and a real sweetheart of a person, but everytime I took one of his classes, I felt like I was trying to get a drink from a fire hose. Sounds like he and Dr. Collins would get along.

    I think I’m going to like him too.

    Thanks again

  2. Mystique Free Says:

    I thought this was interesting:

    “Science investigates the natural world. If God has any meaning at all, God is outside of the natural world. It is a complete misuse of the tools of science to apply them to this discussion.”

    I think it’s a mistake for atheists to demand a rational, provable explation for god and an even bigger mistake for believers to try to prove god scientifically. Either you believe or you don’t – belief is a gift, not an act of will.

  3. Capt MidKnight Says:

    Sandi,
    Just finished reading Dr. Collin’s book. I have had many thoughts and ideas over the years on this subject – feelings that I had trouble translating into words. Dr. Collins, thankfully, has the talent and the credentials to adress many of those thoughts and questions I’ve had for a long time but was never able to quite articulate.

    I’d recomend his book to anyone who is struggling with – or simply interested in – the subject of science vs religion, whether you are coming from a religious, theistic, scientific, agnostic, or atheistic point of view. This guy knows his science as well as his faith.

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