Featured speaker Francis Collins

Science, Faith, Trust, and Truth: An Evening Conversation with Francis Collins

Date and Time:July 19, 2022 — 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM EST
Organizer:The Trinity Forum

We live in confusing times. Between being awash in data, pummeled with misinformation, surrounded by spin, and addled by an outrage industry, even the most discerning can find it difficult to know what to trust, who to listen to, and how to sift conflicting information streams. Increasingly, we are divided not merely along the lines of difference over values, but over reality.  How, in the midst of so much vehement disagreement and alternative facts, do we apprehend what is real and reliable? What or whom should we trust? If living wisely requires rightly discerning reality, how do we learn to seek and see what is true?

On July 19, we invite you to join us for an Evening Conversation with geneticist and former director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Francis Collins on “Science, Faith, Trust and Truth,” to explore ways of addressing our epistemic crisis and learning how to develop discernment of and desire for what is real in the midst of confusion and conflict. The evening will begin with drinks and appetizers, followed by remarks and a time for audience questions.

This event is held in partnership with: This event is made possible through the support of BioLogos and The Church of the Advent. It is made possible through the support of Templeton Religion Trust.

Featured speaker

BioLogos - Francis Collins

Francis Collins

Francis Collins is one of the world's leading scientists and geneticists, and the founder of BioLogos, where he is now a Senior Fellow. In his early scientific career, he discovered the gene for cystic fibrosis. Then he led an international collaboration that first mapped the entire human genome. For that work he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the National Medal of Science. In 2008 he was appointed to his current role as Director of the National Institutes of Health, where he has been overseeing the country’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2006, Collins wrote the best-selling book The Language of God. It tells the story of his journey from atheism to Christian belief, showing that science actually enhances faith. The tremendous response to the book prompted Collins to found BioLogos. He envisioned it as a forum to discuss issues at the intersection of faith and science and to celebrate the harmony found there. His reputation quickly attracted a large network of faith leaders, including Tim Keller, Philip Yancey, and NT Wright. These and others joined the BioLogos conversation and affirmed the value of engaging science as believers. BioLogos is now an organization that reaches millions around the world. In celebration of his world-class scientific accomplishments and deep Christian faith, Collins was awarded the Templeton Prize in 2020. It honors individuals who are "harnessing the power of the sciences to explore the deepest questions of the universe and humankind’s place and purpose within it.” He joined a prestigious group of previous winners, including Mother Teresa, Francis Ayala, Charles Townes, Desmond Tutu, and Billy Graham.