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Dr. Francis Collins is an “acclaimed scientist and a public Christian.” This is an excerpt from a long interview about COVID-19, Dr. Fauci, and Dr. Collins’ personal faith.

Even before he became the point person in a global effort to find a coronavirus vaccine, Dr. Francis Collins occupied an interesting perch in government. One of the few Obama appointees still serving in a major role in the Trump administration, Collins, who rose to prominence in 1990s as leader of the Human Genome Project, is the head of the National Institutes of Health, the federal government’s gargantuan hub for medical research. With an annual budget of $42 billion, the NIH is essentially unrivaled in the world as a research center. Among its 20,000 employees is Dr. Anthony Fauci, who runs the division focused on infectious diseases. Fauci was a mentor to Collins when the latter joined the NIH decades ago, and they remain close, talking at length on the phone most evenings. Intelligencer chatted with Collins about the prospects for a coronavirus vaccine — he’s optimistic — and about winning the $1 million Templeton Prize, awarded each year for remarkable work exploring the deepest questions of human existence. . . .

[W]hat was it like to recently win the Templeton Prize, the prestigious annual award recognizing individuals for their efforts to bridge the gap between science and faith? That must have been a nice surprise.
It was stunning to get that phone call and to look at the list of previous winners and try to imagine how this could possibly have happened — the first prize winner being Mother Teresa, and other prize winners along the way people I have incredible respect for, like Billy Graham and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. I could only conclude the committee must have made a terrible mistake. I’m really grateful, just the same, because I’m an amateur theologian. I’m a pretty good scientist. But to be put on this roster with those heroic figures was beyond any expectation I ever could have had.

You have worked, in your capacity as a scientist, to fund a fair amount of brain research, and you’ve also written a book called The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief. Before taking over at NIH, you started a foundation called BioLogos, which makes the case for a harmony between science and Christianity. What’s your perspective, at this point in your career, on what consciousness is?
That’s the big question in all of neuroscience. In terms of the scientific basis of consciousness, we really don’t have a clue. In terms of the spiritual significance, obviously it’s pretty important that we human beings seem to be special in our awareness of ourselves and our ability to imagine what other people are feeling at a given moment. All that is part of consciousness.

I was an atheist when I entered medical school. I was a Christian when I left — and it was much driven by this experience of trying to integrate the reductionist aspects of science into the much more fundamental issues I saw my patients wrestling with, like is there a God and does God care about me and what happens after I die?

Those are uncomfortable questions for an atheist 23-year-old, but ultimately they became totally compelling and required some investigation and some answers. Ultimately, out of that, it came to me that it makes a lot more sense to believe in God than to deny God’s existence. A scientist isn’t supposed to make assertions that you would call universal negatives, because you can never have enough evidence to do that, and yet that’s what atheism calls you to do.

I surprised myself as I began to look at the pros and cons of belief versus nonbelief — that actually through science there seem to be a fair number of pointers, not proofs, but pointers toward the idea of a creator and a creator who was not only interested in creating something out of nothing, but also in having that something ultimately give rise to creatures with big brains who would have consciousness, who would have self-awareness, and who would have curiosity not just about nature, but also about who they are and what kind of spiritual creatures they might be.

It took me a couple of years to get through those many thickets of intellectual debate, but it led me then at that point in my life to see science and spirituality as not in conflict but actually quite compatible, quite harmonious, quite self- and co-reinforcing. People said my head was going to explode, that it would not be possible to both study genetics and read the Bible. I’ve never found a problem with this at all, despite the way in which some scientists have caricatured faith to make it seem incompatible. Most of those caricatures don’t resemble my faith.

Similarly, the way that some people have caricatured science as a threat to God, that doesn’t resemble the science that I’m doing. It’s been a terrible, I think, consequence of our last century or so that this polarization has been accepted as inevitable when I see it not at all in that light. There are many interesting scientific questions that tap into the kind of area that you’re asking about, like what is the neuroscientific basis of consciousness? What is the neuroscientific basis of a spiritual experience? If there is such a neuroscientific basis, does that make this spiritual experience less meaningful or more so? Those are fun conversations to have.

Very few people seem to stand publicly and effectively at the juncture of those two worlds. There are certainly some, but not as many as one might expect. From your perspective as head of the NIH, and someone who has also won the Templeton Prize — when you lie in bed at night, what gives you hope about the next 50 or 100 years for humanity? What are the really hard problems that test your optimism and your faith?
Boy, that’s a big one. What is our future? I don’t want to see a future where this science-versus-faith conflict leads to a winner and a loser. If science wins and faith loses, we end up with a purely technological society that has lost its moorings and foundation for morality. I think that could be a very harsh and potentially violent outcome. But I don’t want to see a society either where the argument that science is not to be trusted because it doesn’t agree with somebody’s interpretation of a Bible verse wins out. That forces us back into a circumstance where many of the gifts that God has given us through intellectual curiosity and the tools of science have to be put away.

So I want to see a society that flourishes by bringing these worldviews together by being careful about which worldview is most likely to give you the truth, depending on the question you’re asking.

(Excerpt from The Intelligencer. )

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July 15, 2020

This is not an innocent, “Let’s see where Christianity and “science” merge.” It is an economic takedown of America and individual human rights, by a scientific dictatorship. I use the term “scientific” loosley, since we are being run by an unelected bureaucratic tyranny of “scientism”: the worship of science as our god. The exalted, “Look what we can do now” has overrun common sense and truth. Facts are manipulated to fit certain ends, usually for financial gain and limiting human freedom, real health, and choice. How abominable to be playing with our genes, DNA, or recording our personal genetics or editing our genes or cooking up the perfect baby for the elite in a petri dish. Gene editing is rife with uncertainty, just like injecting vaccines with intention to change our DNA, w RNA insertion capabilities. The whole cast of characters in this charade to benefit mankind is highly dubious. Connections to H Clinton also and Gates of course. And when Fauci’s daughter is capable of censoring what might be true about her father, we are left with fake news again. https://nationalfile.com/faucis-daughter-ali-fauci-is-a-software-engineer-for-twitter/

July 14, 2020

And Collins is often pictured hanging out with Gates and Fauci-a very unworthy gathering. I would not trust him.

Mel Teoh
July 13, 2020

Father God, use Dr. Collins mightily for Your kingdom that he may walk in the steps that You’ve created for Dr. Collins. Father God, I’m a bit confused by Dr. Fauci stand on protecting USA and telling the truth based on science and facts. However, my interpretation doesn’t count God. Only Yours count because You see Dr. Fauci’s heart, please help him to always tell the truth and fact so that it is consistent every time he is interviewed. Put in Dr. Fauci’s who You are that You’re a Just God and let Fauci be in awe and fear of You because You are God … In Jesus’ name we thank you.

Rolanda Shrader
July 13, 2020

Father, we bring Dr. Collins to you and ask You to give him wisdom. That he have discernment and not compromise with Your truths. That he would walk in the fear of the LORD as all believers should. We pray that he would be a light to the lost souls around him in these end times.
Bring all glory to You through his life and witness. In Jesus Name.

July 13, 2020

I am very disturbed that IFA put their stamp of approval on BioLogos. This is not a good organization and they are coming after the minds of your children and they are “playing for keeps”. Their goal is to blur the lines between Christianity and science. They are targeting Christian colleges & universities, seminaries and churches to undermine basic Christian doctrines.

BioLogos holds to a form of theistic evolution with the specific goal of undermining the doctrine of literal 6-day Creation. They do not believe God created the Heavens and the Earth in 6 days. They hold that Genesis is not literal. They are serious about this. One of my sons recently was a Biology major at a Christian college in the Midwest which used BioLogos funded text books, and he asked the professor why they couldn’t even present literal 6-day Creation as an option, and he was told they couldn’t teach something that wasn’t scientifically possible. I find this very disturbing because the virgin birth of Jesus Christ is also scientifically impossible. The problem here is once you undermine the very foundation of scripture, it starts to erode the truth of scripture in a domino effect. First it is the story of Creation, then the Flood, and I could go on from there. Literally you have undermined the authority of all scripture.

One of BioLogos tactics has been to hold conferences where they invite leading evolutionary teaching professors to rub shoulders with Christian leaders, bringing them together but with the goal of bringing evangelical leaders to embrace evolutionary thinking. I have read a number of blogs from the professors who BioLogos invites from the evolutionary side and these professors make no bones about their goals for attending – “We want to corrupt them from the inside out.”

BioLogos is spending many millions on funding research awarding large sums to Christian college professors willing to do research that explores how science and religion can coexist. While that sounds like a noble cause, BioLogos website clearly states, “We also accept the science of evolution as the best description for how God brought about the diversity of life on earth.” Their efforts to indoctrinate the Christian college curriculum with evolutionary thinking has been so successful that there are currently only a handful of Christian colleges left that embrace literal 6-day creation. If you want to know which Christian colleges still adhere to literal 6-day creation see Answers in Genesis (AIG) website.

BioLogos has been heavily funded by the Templeton Foundation from its very inception. So I do not find it surprising that the Templeton Foundation awarded Dr. Collins the Templeton Prize. What I am surprised about and what disturbs me greatly is that IFA is celebrating and highlighting this achievement.

“…there will be false teachers among you…And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed. By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words…” (2 Peter 2:1-3)

July 13, 2020

We learned in the 60’s that not everything labeled “ organic” was. Caroline, my father warned about many things including Templeton years ago.

July 12, 2020

I concur with Dr. Collins’ questions as a young university student & how he not only concluded that Christianity was plainly a conclusion after much ‘science/faith’ research, but I agree with his conclusion that neuroscience is definitely a COMPLEMENT to the understanding of ‘faith & Christianity’. During my 38-year teaching career of high school science/biology, I continually challenged my students to ask themselves: “If science cannot ‘prove’ that humans have no ‘soul’, does that mean humans don’t have a soul? It is an excellent lead-in to further discussion of the LIMITATIONS OF SCIENCE and, as Dr. Collins suggested, one ‘begins’ where the other ‘leaves off’; there-in lies his recognition of their ‘complementing each other’. Public school science needs to recognize & include his revelation in our national curriculum rather than the mainly strictly secular humanistic approach as is prevalent currently. We need more Dr. Collins’!!!!

July 12, 2020

IFA. are you truly aware of what the Templeton Foundation attempts to do?? Are you aware of what BioLogos is attempting to do, what they really believe and unfortunately are infiltrating even our Sunday schools with their beliefs??? Did you know that Templeton used to preach with Billy Graham and then he left his belief?? I am very alarmed that you embraced this article.

July 12, 2020

Without God life makes no sense.
The answers truly are found in Genesis, and praise You Lord for raising up those that through a relationship with You have the ability to stand, stand in their profession for You, Your righteousness and when they boast, boast of You Who sustains them, especially when the enemy of our souls want to remove them from any influence of our culture.
In Jesus Holy name we ask for protection over his eyes and ears, may the be firmly fixed on You and Your Glory. Amen

Darlene Estlow
July 12, 2020

Father, I pray for Dr Collins. Give him wisdom in his leadership of NIH.


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