Dr. Francis Collins, who helped lead the sequencing of the human gene map, announced last Wednesday he was stepping down as director of the U.S. National Human Genome Research Institute in order to pursue writing and other opportunities.
Genome institute director Collins to resign
I have to say that I am very sad to hear this news. Dr. Collins is arguably the most powerful Christian within the scientific community. And to have someone of that character at the spearhead of such an important project has been divine Providence. Collins' book, The Language of God, is possibly the most high profile book from a Christian research scientist since Galileo. (Ok, so maybe not that bad, but it's close.)
Reasons To Believe interviewed Dr. Collins a while back. His perspectives are very interesting. Although he is a theistic evolutionist, he is also obviously a very devout Christian.
I guess for me personally, Collins represents something very important - there are real opportunities for Christians to make a difference in mainstream science if we can stop being so negative and confrontational about every little thing. Christians are frequently portrayed in the media as backward and ignorant. But no one can say that about Collins. Collins is a role model for all Christian children. Consider having your child do a report about Dr. Collins. He is a modern day intellectual hero, embodying what it means to love God with our heart, soul, and MIND.