“Francis Collins finally awarded the Templeton Prize”

From Uncommon Descent:

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He was always very much their sort of guy; one wonders what took them so long:

“As a Christian for 43 years, I have found joyful harmony between the scientific and spiritual worldviews, and have never encountered an irreconcilable difference.”

Media Release, “Francis Collins, Geneticist and Physician” at Templeton Prize (May 20, 2020)

That’s vintage Templeton. There was, of course, the affair of Collins and the premature infants:

Medical ethicists were appalled. “The word ‘unethical’ doesn’t even begin to describe the egregious and shocking deficiencies in the informed-consent process for this study,” said Michael Carome, MD, the director of the Health Research Group at the nonprofit (and politically liberal) group Public Citizen. “Parents of the infants who were enrolled in this study were misled about its purpose. … They were misled to believe everything being done was in the ‘standard of care’ and therefore posed no predictable risk to the babies.” Carome, who previously served in the Office for Human Research Protections in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, helped lead the effort to expose the misconduct of researchers and to ensure that the abuses did not recur…

Chief among the defenders of the premature-infant study was NIH head Francis Collins. One of Obama’s key science appointees, Collins was known for his work as head of the Human Genome Project as well as for being an outspoken evangelical Christian. Unlike most evangelicals, however, Collins had supported Obama for president in 2008, and many of his views were out of sync with those of other evangelicals. He was among the NIH officials permitted to review the OHRP’s second compliance letter, and according to Public Citizen, he led a public relations campaign to undermine the OHRP’s initial findings. Citing e-mail messages, Public Citizen accused Collins of seeking to have the second OHRP compliance letter issued the day before an article coauthored by Collins was to be published in the New England Journal of Medicine defending the premature-infant study. Public Citizen found it “disturbing” that Collins and his coauthors “essentially leaked” to journal editors “the fact that OHRP soon would be issuing a compliance oversight letter to UAB putting on hold all compliance actions related to the investigation.”

John G. West, “From Science to Scientism in the Obama Era” at World

Story goes on; gets worse. But in the Age of Abortion, premature infants are only human on a technicality anyway, one that infant euthanasia will slowly remove. The matter may not have even come up when Collins was considered for the award.

Collins was a founder of BioLogos, a God-and-Darwin group that we used to hear much more about. Oddly, one of the more recent things we heard was that it was attempting to distance itself from the views of its founder. Maybe just a rumour; one wonders what they’re thinking now…

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That’s the thing.

At leas the honest, straightforward Darwinians openly insist that the lives of children have exactly the value “society” — that is, the State — places on them. They don’t blaspheme God’s Name, or insult my intelligence, by claiming that God is pleased with the murder of the innocent.

We have the power. Not you. Not God. And, as we all know, Power Justifies All Things.”

Evil, of course. But clear, direct, pointed evil, without any play-pretend Christian tripe.

There are levels in hell, for those who murder the innocent… and for those who justify it. And, interestingly enough, it won’t be atheistic Darwinians that will be slotted in the hottest place.

The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers.

And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.

But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.

Luke 12:46-48,King James version

Open enemies are one thing.

Treasonous servants, something else again.

Taking them together, I would also like to know why there is almost nothing on the BioLogos website that attempts to convince atheists that God is real. More.

One can only guess, but given all this time one suspects: The purpose of BioLogos is to accommodate Christians to a God who isn’t really there, but it’s hard to see why an atheist would be interested.

BioLogos distances itself from views of founder?

Odd, how Christians are always the one who gets to compromise, to be tolerant, to change their thinking.

Never Secularists. Never Atheists. Never Muslims.

Just Christians.

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