Forum: Science and Religion Prize – Francis Collins

January 17th, 11:15am

Bill Newsome will lead a forum that focuses on the recent award of the prestigious Templeton Prize in science and religion to Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health.  Collins, who led the successful US national effort to map the human genome, is an internationally renowned scientist and an outspoken person of faith.  His 2005 book, “The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief”, is a wonderful exposition of faith, science, and how they are harmonious in Collins’ experience.  The Templeton Award ceremony, held at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington DC, is a powerful testament to Collins’ positive impact on Christians and scientists around the world.  Bill will play excerpts from the ceremony and facilitate a discussion of Collins’ core messages. 

For those who have the time and interest to do some viewing in advance, the highest yield bits in Bill’s judgement are Collins’ personal testimony about his journey to faith (8 1/2 minutes):

and his beautiful acceptance speech (21 minutes):

For those with more time or interest, the entire ceremony, which includes personalities as diverse as Jane Goodall, Renee Fleming, NT Wright, Barack Obama and George W Bush, can be viewed here: