Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Human Genome Project leader defends his Christian faith and the theory of evolution

This past summer, I had the privilege of hearing Dr. Francis Collins, head of the Human Genome Project, speak at the C.S. Lewis Foundation's Summer Institute at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass.

Collins' lecture was controversial because he explained why he believes in the theory of evolution, as opposed to creationism and intelligent design, while also explaining how he came to faith through the work of C.S. Lewis.

A crew from the PBS program Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly filmed the lecture and included excerpts of it in a feature on him. You can watch the entire eight-minute feature if you have Real Player or Windows Media Player at: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/week947/profile.html .

Also, the outstanding Richard Ostling, religion writer for the Associated Press, wrote a column about Collins back in July that is still relevant insofar as it can give some context to Collins' difficult relationship with his own community of believers:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/07/21/AR2006072100927.html

Collins' book on the genetic code and his Christian faith, The Language of God, is very good; you can buy it at Amazon.com at this link:
http://www.amazon.com/Language-God-Scientist-Presents-Evidence/dp/0743286391/sr=1-1/qid=1169612411/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/002-6205581-1610448?ie=UTF8&s=books

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