Sunday, July 30, 2006

An Atheist Scientist Confronts the Evidence and...

In scanning through Kathryn Judson's "annex" to her charming blog, Suitable for Mixed Company, I came across her reference to a very interesting article from last week's Washington Times. It is a fine piece written by Richard Ostling about Dr. Frances Collins, a one-time atheist whose honest investigations of both science and the claims of Christianity resulted in a thorough conversion to the Faith. Indeed, Collins' book, The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief, has helped create a new inquisitiveness and respect for the compatibility of religion and science among his peers.

Here are the opening paragraphs of Ostling's story...

He opened the session by improvising on hymns at the piano and concluded it by accompanying a singalong on the guitar. In between, he delivered a compelling account of his unlikely conversion from atheism to evangelical Christianity.

The lanky, amiable platform personality wasn't some traveling revivalist but one of the world's leading biologists.

Francis S. Collins led the international Human Genome Project that mapped the 3.1 billion chemical base pairs in humanity's DNA. He now directs the U.S. government program on applying that information to medical treatments.
He's also emerged as a surprise advocate for faith and for its compatibility with science.

The 56-year-old Dr. Collins addressed the clash of science and religion last weekend during a conference at Williams College sponsored by the C.S. Lewis Foundation -- appropriately so, since the writings of the English literature scholar were instrumental in Dr. Collins' conversion.

He pursues the theme again next week at a Calvin College convention of the American Scientific Affiliation. The organization of scientists affirms "the divine inspiration, trustworthiness and authority of the Bible" on faith and morals. Dr. Collins is a member...

Read the rest of the Wahington Times article right here.