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The Language of God by The Veritas Forum

Is there room for faith and science? Can belief in the transcendent arise from the study of science? Dr. Francis Collins is a world-renowned geneticist, physician, and Former Director of the National Human Genome Research Institute at the National Institutes of Health. In this video, shared with the Veritas Forum at Caltech in 2009, he shares his journey from atheism to faith.

Have I let us into a dilemma here by talking about my own personal faith conversion and then telling you that I think evolution is true? Well, actually, no. Forty percent of scientists are believers in a personal God. Most of them in my experience have arrived at this in the same way, putting this together - a way that is actually pretty simple, and almost obvious, but it’s amazing how little it gets talked about, and it goes like this:

Almighty God, who is not limited in space or time, created our universe 13.7 billion years ago with that fine tuning, the parameters precisely set to allow the development of complexity over long periods of time. All very intentional. God’s plan included the mechanism, a revolution that was the way in which the marvelous diversity in living things on our planet was to come to be - and, most especially, that plan included us human beings after evolution in the fulness of time. Which is a long time for us, but maybe the blink of an eye for God.

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