Author of the Language of God (great book!), he regularly debates Franis Hawkins on NPR. A scientist, geneticist, and follower of Jesus, he speaks clearly of the partnership of science and God.
In an age where Hitchins and others claims that religion is not only wrong, but harmful, because it flies in the face of science, Collins speaks about the true harmony between science – specifically the human genome project – and faith in God. Francis warns from going into the ditch on either side of faith – running to atheism to avoid hard questions or closed-eyed fundamentalism that denies God’s beautiful complexity of creation for an ignorant “faith”. Can you be a follower of Jesus and a geneticist, or will your head explode? Collins argues for harmony between the two.
Since the death rate remains at one per person 🙂 Francis stresses we all have to come to grips with the question of God. And nature points to His existence (Ps 19:1) in many ways! Some are, for example:
- There is something instead of nothing
- The “unreasonable effectiveness” of mathematics
- The Big Bang needs a Big Cause
- The precise tuning of physical constants in the universe – just the most finite change in the balance of the universe precludes life
- The universality of Moral Law
Instead of girding faith to battle science, what if science actually supported the actuality of God. What if faith and science all pointed to a higher, brighter, Creative Mind that still maintains the universe? Just like Judo harmonizes with an opponents force instead of fights it, what if faith were to ignore the shrill voices from each extreme (atheism and fundamentalism) and sought faith in science, and science in faith.
For example what if God’s plan included the mechanism of micro evolution to ensure the diversity of creation and the ability to adapt to the creation on which we live? In other words, God continues to create today (as evidenced by mankind’s getting taller over years). Who are we to tell God – “I wouldn’t have done it that way”? Must there be a conflict between the worldviews of faith and science? Do not the book of the Bible and the book of Nature harmonize to point us to Creator God?