Faith at Altitude

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Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Science and Faith

I read a fascinating interview with Francis Collins this weekend in the February issue of Discover magazine, a scientific publication written for folks who aren't all that scientific. Collins heads the National Human Genome Research Institute and is, by all accounts, a brilliant scientist. He's also a Christian who recently published a book called "The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief." He buys evolution and supports embryonic stem cell research -- probably the most interesting part of the interview, for my money -- but he takes scientists to task for sometimes belittling religious belief.

"Is there any dogma more unsupported by the facts than from the scientist who stands up and says, 'I know there is no God'?" Collins says in the interview. "Science is woefully unsuited to ask the question of God in the first place. So give the religious folks a break. They are seeking the kind of spiritual truths that have always interested humankind but that science cannot really address."

It doesn't look like Discover posted the interview online. But, if you run across a copy of this issue of Discover -- it has a fat naked guy on the cover -- you might want to pick it up.


Blogger my_take said...

I'll have to look that article up. But, brilliant scientist or not, I find it hard to accept one can believe in Darwinian evolution (ie biological macro evolution; that all life emerged by itself, totally random and undirected, developed naturally over time to form more and more complex creatures), and be a christian. It seems that most evolutionists would agree that if one wants to call himself a christian and be an evolutionist, one must check his brain at the church door. That said, here's two quotes that I believe show how polar opposite these starting points are.

From British atheist Bertrand Russell.
"That man is the product of causes which had no prevision of the end they were achieving; that his origin, his growth, his hopes and fears, his loves and beliefs are but the outcome of accidental collocations of atoms; that no fire, no heroism, no intensity of thought or feeling, can preserve an individual life beyond the grave; that all the labors of the ages, all the devotion, all the inspiration, all the human genius are destined to extinction...that the whole temple of man's achievements must be buried....; only with the scaffolding of these truths, only with the firm foundation of unyeilding despair, can the soul's habitation henceforth be safely built."

And Paul, Romans 1:18-20
"...that which is known about God is evident within them; for God is made evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so they are without excuse. For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God, or give thanks; but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools."

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