Why We Oppose Francis Collins as Head of the National Institutes of Health
Many Christians are rejoicing that President Obama has appointed Dr. Francis Collins as head of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). After all, Collins is both a respected, accomplished scientist - who achieved fame as head of the Human Genome Project - and he is an evangelical Christian. But here at Creation Moments, we're not overjoyed by the president's pick.
Why? As Chuck Colson pointed out in his "Breakpoint" commentary yesterday, Collins "is an evolutionary theist who believes in the common descent of all life. His book, The Language of God, tries to harmonize evolution and Christianity in a way that I simply cannot agree with.... He also is in favor of certain kinds of embryonic stem cell research. Again, I could not disagree with him more."
And neither could we. While we do not doubt Collins' sincerity and love for the Lord, we know the damage that can be done by someone who attempts to straddle the fence between two opposing worldviews. Just look at his stance on embryonic stem cell research. Our prayer is that Collins will eventually make a choice between the two worldviews and that he will end up as an evolution-rejecting, Bible-believing creationist. But until that time comes, Collins will only give added respectability to theistic evolution, a viewpoint that we feel is just as harmful as pure Darwinism itself.