Francis Collins Talks about Science, Medicine, Religion, and God’s Action in the World
Many of our readers know that the BioLogos Foundation was founded by former head of the Human Genome Project and current Director of the NIH, Francis Collins. Francis is a devout evangelical Christian whose adult conversion to faith has made him keenly aware of the challenges and opportunities both in communicating consensus science to other Christians, but also in talking about God with atheist scientists.
A few days ago on the Big Think blog, a publication dedicated to featuring the stories and ideas of “experts who are either at the top of their fields or disrupting their fields,” Francis gave a 40-minute interview about a number things: the NIH and how research in the US gets funded, the process by which geneticists link genes to diseases, why some people think it’s hard for scientists to believe in God, and some of his own views on the hiddenness of God in the natural world
We think our readers would be interested in the entire interview with Francis, but if you don’t have much time today and can’t listen to the whole thing, we think the chapters on why we need two kinds of truth and why God may desire his existence to be difficult to determine are especially relevant.