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Sunday, May 31, 2009
Francis S. Collins MD PhD
When I was an atheist and I decided to explore the rational underpinnings of belief in God, I expected to find none—and was astounded to discover that there are strong arguments from nature and philosophy that point to God’s existence.
Francis S. Collins
I don't remember how much you recall about the Human Genome Project, but its director had been a physician and scientist named Francis S. Collins MD PhD.
The Human Genome Project completed in 2003, mapped 3 billion letters or pairs of the human genome, or a complete set of DNA in the body. As a result, we learned that all human beings are 99.6% genetically similar to each other. We learned to do 1000 new tests for genetic illnesses and 350 biotechnology products are in development as a result. This work has the potential to completely change the way we diagnose and treat disease on Earth.
Yes, Dr. Collins was the highly entertaining man who spoke, and sang at your sister's college graduation. We also found the song he sang at the graduation on YouTube.
I found a link that I think you might like to see
As you remember, Dr. Collins was a Virginia homeschooled student, like yourself, who went on to get a degree in Chemistry, and then became a physician and genetics researcher afterward. His undergraduate degree came from the University of Virginia as yours likely would have been.
Besides being a very well rounded person, what I like most about Dr. Collins, is how his learning of the complexities of human genetics lead him to a stronger and more dimensional faith in God. He has written a wonderful book called "The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief". He is a highly respected scientist and highly respected Christian. I was surprized that the university chose someone of this caliber to speak, since you know I consider them pretty ungodly most of the time.
I wanted you to know that there are very bright people here on Earth like yourself who came to know of God's greatness as well. Love to Papa L.
I Love You So,