“I had always assumed that
faith was based on purely emotional and irrational arguments and was astounded
to discover that one could build a very strong case for the plausibility of
God,” he noted on CNN. “My earlier atheist’s assertion that ‘I know there is no
God’ emerged as the least defensible.” A geneticist, Collins was appointed
director of the $3 billion international Genome Project in 1993, which completed
sequencing the 3.3 billion pairs of nucleotides by 2004. The resulting gene map
offers hope to cure genetic disorders.
It also gave Collins a spectacular view into the magnificence, order, and finely-tune perfection of the DNA molecule, God’s software for every living thing. Directorship of the Genome Project was touted as the most prestigious job in science at the time.
“At the most fundamental level, it’s a miracle that there’s a universe at all,” he told National Geographic. “It’s a miracle that allows the possibility of complexity and laws that follow precise mathematical formulas. Contemplating this, an open-minded observer is almost forced to conclude that there must be a ‘must’ behind all this. To me, that qualifies as a miracle, a profound truth that lies outside of scientific explanation.”
“Science and faith can actually
be mutually enriching and complementary once their proper domains are understood
and respected,” he says. “There are some really important questions that science
cannot really answer, such as, why is there something instead of nothing? Why
are we here?
“In those domains, I have found that faith provides a better path to answers.” Of particular importance to his faith is the concept of “moral law” – the denunciation of oppression, murder, treachery, falsehood and the injunction of kindness to the aged, the young, the weak and helpless, to paraphrase C.S. Lewis.
“After 28 years as a believer, the Moral Law stands out for me as the strongest signpost of God,” he writes in his book.
After obtaining a degree in
quantum mechanics, he decided to change paths in life and pursued medicine. As a
resident he watched people suffering terminal disease without blaming God. To
the contrary, faith seemed to give them strength and, in many cases, improve
their symptoms, he said.
“They had terrible diseases from which they were probably not going to escape, and yet instead of railing at God, they seemed to lean on their faith as a source of great comfort and reassurance,” he said. “They weren’t, somehow, perceiving it as the really awful thing that it seemed to me to be. And that was interesting and puzzling and unsettling.
Francis S. Collins, current head of the National Institutes of Health
P. S. One day while admiring the Cascade Mountains, he accepted God completely.
P. S.S. If interested in the full article, please go to http://blog.godreports.com/2015/03/nih-director-turned-from-atheism-to-god-as-he-contemplated-science/
With permission from
Francis S. Collins
and Mark Ellis, God
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