Science and the God Expulsion


President Obama recently appointed Dr. Francis Collins as the head of the National Institutes of Health, much to the chagrin of the majority of the scientific community. Dr. Collins made headlines in the scientific community thanks to his research in mapping the human genome. Now he’s making news, not for his research, but for his religion. Dr. Collins is an evangelical Christian.

In his article, “Science: Theists Need Not Apply“, Ken Connor makes the following point:

Those who profess a commitment to science while rejecting a belief in God want to expand the breadth of scientific inquiry without being subject to ethical constraints. Inevitably, this kind of thinking leads to manipulating or destroying the weaker among us in order to empower the stronger. This is the philosophy that has animated some of our history’s most gruesome acts of scientific “experimentation,” and it is espoused today by none other than President Obama’s “science czar,” John Holdren, who has advocated forced abortion and mass sterilization in the name of environmental responsibility.

If this is the kind of ideology that results when the age-old relationship between faith and science is destroyed, then Dr. Collins’s “embrace” of religion is the least of America’s troubles.

Collins has expressed his dissatisfaction with intelligent design and instead believes that God used the mechanism of evolution. Apparently, it is enough for the majority of scientists just to have a belief in God that should disqualify Collins from this post that he’s been appointed to. I’m waiting to hear some in the scientific community speak out against those who would advocate discrimination against those with a theistic viewpoint, regardless of how different it is from their own mainstream belief.

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2 Responses

  1. Kudos to President Obama, by the way. Sounds like a good pick from what I’ve read about this guy, besides whether or not he’s a Christian.

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