The Missing Links – January 13, 2013

 

  • A number of insightful responses to the controversy over Louie Giglio and the presidential inauguration.  For example, Joe Carter writes, “as the Giglio incident reveals, no amount of good works can atone for committing the secular sin of subscribing to the biblical view of sexuality. . . . Anyone who has ever spoken about the issue—or at least has not recanted from believing what God says about homosexuality—is to be treated as a bigot.”

  • Jonathan Morrow writes on “The God Gene, Neuroscience, And the Soul.”  As Francis Collins wisely observes, “Yes, we have all been dealt a particular set of genetic cards, and the cards will eventually be revealed. But how we play the hand is up to us.”

  • Bob Prokop on the extreme measures many skeptics demand as evidence for Christianity. “Some, like Loftus, have quite specifically demanded to see stars arrange themselves to spell out Bible verses, or some such nonsense like that.”

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Francis Collins to Head the NIH

President Obama has named human genome scientist Francis Collins to head the National Institutes of Health.  Christianity Today reports,

Obama called Collins “one of the top scientists in the world.” Obama said, “His groundbreaking work has changed the very ways we consider our health and examine disease.”

He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award. But he may be more widely known for his 2007 best-selling book, “The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief.” Collins also received a
Christianity Today‘s Book Award in 2007 for his book The Language of God: ‘A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief.

Collins converted to Christianity after reading C.S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity. He recently helped found the BioLogos Foundation, a website that attempts to bridge gaps between science and religion.

Christianity Today has interviewed Collins twice: “The Genome Doctor” and “Creation or Evolution? Yes!

As I noted in an earlier post, the BioLogos website is a good resource for material on Christianity and science.

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Interview with Human Genome Scientist Francis Collins

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CT also has a good Q and A with Francis Collins who describes his new BioLogos Foundation that “aims to be a bridge in the debate over science and religion and provide some answers to life’s most difficult questions.”

What led you to this new project?

After my book (“The Language of God”) I got thousands of e-mails from people, many of them troubled, many of them excited, many of them puzzled by what they heard. They wanted to engage in a further discussion that would drill more deeply.

I tried to keep up with those letters and quickly found out there was no way I could. I felt bad because the point was to start a conversation and I wasn’t holding up my end. There needed to be a place to provide some kind of responses to the questions that came up over and over again, and that sounds like a Web site.

What kind of answers will the Web site give?

Many of those questions do not have straightforward answers and we’re not trying to come at them as if they’ve never been asked before. We’ve distilled some possibilities into essays of three or four pages that an interested person might find helpful. They present options for serious believers who also trust science to give reliable data, all of which are consistent with both Scripture and science. It’s not like we pound the table and say there is only one answer and here it is.

The BioLogos website is here and looks like a good resource on Christianity and science.

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