By Dr. Francis Collins
Special to CNN
Editor’s note: Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., is the director of the National Human Genome Research Institute. His most recent book is “The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief.”
ROCKVILLE, Maryland (CNN) — I am a scientist and a believer, and I find no conflict between those world views.
As the director of the Human Genome Project, I have led a consortium of scientists to read out the 3.1 billion letters of the human genome, our own DNA instruction book. As a believer, I see DNA, the information molecule of all living things, as God’s language, and the elegance and complexity of our own bodies and the rest of nature as a reflection of God’s plan. . .
I find Collins to be very compelling, and I appreciate hearing a first-rate scientist (the head of the Human Genome project!) to defend the belief that it is possible to believe in God and evolution.
Also, if you want to hear more from Collins, I would recommend this radio interview from NPR, that was part of a 2 interview series where Collins defended the compatibility of science and faith, and another scientist (Richard Dawins) argued against it.