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Wednesday, April 04, 2007

God is stubborn

God stubbornly refuses to leave the scene. And, as we are reminded this week, has proved very hard to kill indeed.

Here's a wonderful CNN interview with Dr. Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., the Director of the National Human Genome Project. Well worth your time to read how this medical doctor and physical chemist found faith and not fuzzy faith either - faith in Jesus Christ. A few pieces:


I had to admit that the science I loved so much was powerless to answer questions such as "What is the meaning of life?" "Why am I here?" "Why does mathematics work, anyway?" "If the universe had a beginning, who created it?" "Why are the physical constants in the universe so finely tuned to allow the possibility of complex life forms?" "Why do humans have a moral sense?" "What happens after we die?"

I had always assumed that faith was based on purely emotional and irrational arguments, and was astounded to discover, initially in the writings of the Oxford scholar C.S. Lewis and subsequently from many other sources, that one could build a very strong case for the plausibility of the existence of God on purely rational grounds. My earlier atheist's assertion that "I know there is no God" emerged as the least defensible....

....Here was a person with remarkably strong historical evidence of his life, who made astounding statements about loving your neighbor, and whose claims about being God's son seemed to demand a decision about whether he was deluded or the real thing. After resisting for nearly two years, I found it impossible to go on living in such a state of uncertainty, and I became a follower of Jesus.

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2 comments:

stormrider4477 said...

At least someone gets it... I like the recent fox news article stating that they had to adjust the jaw angle of an ancient skull because it didn't fall within the mamalian standards of 45 degrees that "all mammals have". I guess scientists think that it is not odd that all mammals "evolved" with exactly the same jaw angle. Pretty funny. I'm glad I was made by the perfect designer - God! Here's a link to the fox article (from 3/29/07) for anyone who's interested.
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,262500,00.html

Nick said...

Thanks, Stormrider. Great article, BTW. I like this:

Bromage said his team's reconstruction includes biological principles not known at the time of the skull's discovery, which state that a mammal's eyes, ears and mouth must be in precise relationships relative to one another.

"It doesn't matter if you're a rat, a kangaroo, an elephant, a human or a dog — their [facial features] are all organized to a very specific architectural plan," Bromage said.

For example, Bromage said, take any mammal and draw an imaginary line from the last permanent molar in its jaw that extends towards the opening of the ear and out the center of the eye socket. The angle of that line should be around 45 degrees.