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Posted by on May 10, 2007 in Media, Religion | 0 comments

A scientist on evolution…

I find Francis Collins, head of the Human Genome Project, fascinating.

Educated at UVa and Yale, he spent much of his life as an atheist before finding Christianity. His thoughts on evolution:

(When asked, “What do you say to your fellow Christians who say, ‘Evolution is just a theory, and I can’t put that together with my idea of a creator God’?”)

“Well, evolution is a theory. It’s a very compelling one. As somebody who studies DNA, the fact that we are 98.4 percent identical at the DNA level to a chimpanzee, it’s pretty hard to ignore the fact that when I am studying a particular gene, I can go to the mouse and find it’s the similar gene, and it’s 90 percent the same. It’s certainly compatible with the theory of evolution, although it will always be a theory that we cannot actually prove. I’m a theistic evolutionist. I take the view that God, in His wisdom, used evolution as His creative scheme. I don’t see why that’s such a bad idea. That’s pretty amazingly creative on His part. And what is wrong with that as a way of putting together in a synthetic way the view of God who is interested in creating a group of individuals that He can have fellowship with — us? Why is evolution not an appropriate way to get to that goal? I don’t see a problem with that.”

Regardless of your stance on this issue, you must admit, his response is lucid and thoughtfully considered. I wish we saw more of this in public debate, and less of the screeching and name-calling.

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