Politics and Religion. We’re not supposed to talk about that, right? Wrong! We only say that nowadays because the loudest, most extreme voices have taken over the whole conversation. Well, we‘re taking some of that space back! If you’re dying for some dialogue instead of all the yelling; if you know it’s okay to have differences without having to hate each other; if you believe politics and religion are too important to let ”the screamers” drown out the rest of us and would love some engaging, provocative and fun conversations about this stuff, then ”Talkin‘ Politics & Religion Without Killin‘ Each Other” is for you!
Wednesday Jan 31, 2024
Wednesday Jan 31, 2024
Are science and belief in God incompatible? Dr. Francis S. Collins, renowned for having led the Human Genome Project and the former Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), says science and faith are two different ways of understanding God's creation.
We dove right in and had so much to explore!
- His father's folk music collection that is a true national treasure;
- Connecting music with the mysteries of the universe both as a scientist and a person of faith;
- An encounter with a heart patient that led Dr. Collins to his faith in Christ;
- How he got the job to lead the Human Genome Project (no, it wasn't an answer to an ad on Craigslist);
- Leading the NIH during a worldwide pandemic;
- The ongoing harrassment and even death threats he and his colleagues at NIH have had to endure;
- Struggling to understand the emergence of the anti-vax movement;
- Nurturing relationships with folks who hold very different views such as the late Christopher Hitchens;
- The BioLogos Foundation;
- And the most interesting book club in the world!
Dr. Francis Collins is the former director of the National Institutes of Health. And was the longest serving director of NIH — spanning 12 years and three (very different) presidencies. Dr. Collins is a physician-geneticist noted for his landmark discoveries of disease genes and his leadership of the international Human Genome Project, which culminated in April 2003 with the completion of a finished sequence of the human DNA instruction book. Dr. Collins' research laboratory has discovered a number of important genes, including those responsible for cystic fibrosis, Huntington's disease, a familial endocrine cancer syndrome and, most recently, genes for type 2 diabetes among others. Dr. Collins was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in November 2007 and the National Medal of Science in 2009.
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