Saturday, June 17, 2006

Finding God in the Genome

This London Times Online article on Francis Collins, the director of the US National Human Genome Research Institute, is likely to give the ID folks much to boast about and provoke well evolved caterwauling from the Neo-Darwinists.

From the article:
His book, The Language of God, to be published in September, will reopen the age-old debate about the relationship between science and faith. “One of the great tragedies of our time is this impression that has been created that science and religion have to be at war,” ...

For Collins, unravelling the human genome did not create a conflict in his mind. Instead, it allowed him to “glimpse at the workings of God”.

“When you make a breakthrough it is a moment of scientific exhilaration because you have been on this search and seem to have found it,” he said. “But it is also a moment where I at least feel closeness to the creator in the sense of having now perceived something that no human knew before but God knew all along.

“When you have for the first time in front of you this 3.1 billion-letter instruction book that conveys all kinds of information and all kinds of mystery about humankind, you can’t survey that going through page after page without a sense of awe. I can’t help but look at those pages and have a vague sense that this is giving me a glimpse of God’s mind.”
A sense of awe. If only every one of us could say that. Too often we are so caught up in the "importance" of ourselves and our lives that we lose perspective. We think too much of ourselves and too little of God. We put ourselves up on a pedestal and create a god who serves our desires, rather than worshiping Him as He has revealed Himself through His creation and through His Word.

For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie,
and worshiped and served the creature rather
than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.

Romans 1:25