Francis Collins, leder av National Human Genome Research Institute i USA, sier oppdagelsen av det menneskelige genom bare har øket hans følelse av at Gud står bak skapelsen. I september utkommer hans bok The Language of God.
Collins ser ingen motsetning mellom religion og vitenskap. Vitenskapen kan bare beskrive det som finnes i denne verden. Gud befinner seg hinsides.
«When you have for the first time in front of you this 3.1 billion-letter instruction book that conveys all kinds of information and all kinds of mystery about humankind, you can’t survey that going through page after page without a sense of awe. I can’t help but look at those pages and have a vague sense that this is giving me a glimpse of God’s mind.»
Collins joins a line of scientists whose research deepened their belief in God. Isaac Newton, whose discovery of the laws of gravity reshaped our understanding of the universe, said: «This most beautiful system could only proceed from the dominion of an intelligent and powerful being.»
Although Einstein revolutionised our thinking about time, gravity and the conversion of matter to energy, he believed the universe had a creator. «I want to know His thoughts; the rest are details,» he said. However Galileo was famously questioned by the inquisition and put on trial in 1633 for the «heresy» of claiming that the earth moved around the sun.
Men Collins går lengre enn som så. Han er såkalt theist og mener at Gud griper inn i skaperverket:
Among Collins’s most controversial beliefs is that of «theistic evolution», which claims natural selection is the tool that God chose to create man. In his version of the theory, he argues that man will not evolve further.
«I see God’s hand at work through the mechanism of evolution. If God chose to create human beings in his image and decided that the mechanism of evolution was an elegant way to accomplish that goal, who are we to say that is not the way,» he says.