[asa] Article (in our local paper) on evolution mentions Collins

From: Dave Wallace <wmdavid.wallace@gmail.com>
Date: Sat Mar 07 2009 - 10:06:48 EST

Collins was quoted in a multi page article on evolution.


"Francis Collins summed up the importance of this in a TV interview.
(Collins was head of the Human Genome Project and was director of one of
the U.S. National Institutes of Health. He is also a fundamentalist
Christian who sees no conflict in this.) "Yes, evolution by descent from
a common ancestor is clearly true. If there was any lingering doubt
about the evidence from the fossil record, the study of DNA provides the
strongest possible proof of our relatedness to all other living things ..."

"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."

Another good line:

"We don't regard the Origin of Species as a holy book, or The Descent of
Man. So what he said, we don't care about it."

However, a second article goes on to undo any good done by the previous one.


"To be committed to science is to be committed to the idea that there is
no original design or purpose in the universe. What pushed God from the
picture once and for all is the realization that science is a
progressive endeavor that can in principle never come to an end:
Something came from nothing, the more complex came from the less
complex, and the appearance of design or intent is just that -- appearance."

It almost seems people such as the author have a secret wish to keep
evolution from being accepted. Why do they always have to push their
philosophical naturalism?

Dave W

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