Intelligent quote of the day

572px-Francis_Collins“Well, evolution is a theory. It’s a very compelling one. As somebody who studies DNA, the fact that we are 98.4 percent identical at the DNA level to a chimpanzee, it’s pretty hard to ignore the fact that when I am studying a particular gene, I can go to the mouse and find it’s the similar gene, and it’s 90 percent the same. It’s certainly compatible with the theory of evolution, although it will always be a theory that we cannot actually prove. I’m a theistic evolutionist. I take the view that God, in His wisdom, used evolution as His creative scheme. I don’t see why that’s such a bad idea. That’s pretty amazingly creative on His part. And what is wrong with that as a way of putting together in a synthetic way the view of God who is interested in creating a group of individuals that He can have fellowship with — us? Why is evolution not an appropriate way to get to that goal? I don’t see a problem with that.”

—-American physiciangeneticist, and recently appointed Director-designate National Institutes of Health , Dr. Francis Collins responding to the most frequent question, “What do you say to your fellow Christians who say, ‘Evolution is just a theory, and I can’t put that together with my idea of a creator God’?”

The Protestant Revolution part 3

For those interested, here is the third part of the BBC’s The Protestant Revolution narrated by Tristram Hunt. Look for in this segment  for  American physiciangeneticist, Dr. Francis Collins who was recently appointed by U.S. President Barack Obama to be Director of the National Institutes of Health and is author of The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief, in which he sees no conflict of believing in evolution and believing in God simultaneously. Good for him!