Watchwoman on the Wall

National Institutes of Health director Francis Collins

On Tuesday, National Institutes of Health (NIH) director Francis Collins, once again, challenged the commonly held sentiment that science and religion are inherently incompatible.

Collins, an evangelical Christian who spawned controversy after assuming the head position at the nation’s top medical research agency, lamented the presence of “angry atheists” in science and made a case for compatibility.

In 2009, President Barack Obama nominatedCollins to be the director of the NIH. Both a physician and a scientist, Collins was instrumental in seeing the Human Genome Project through to completion. Additionally, he has written and spoken intensely on matters of both science and faith.

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