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Why the Fuss About Dr. Francis Collins' Faith?

090710-dr-francis-collinsI'm excited about the the commentary Dr. Francis Collins, former head of the Human Genome Project, wrote for the August issue of Sojourners, so I enjoyed most of NPR's news story yesterday about Dr. Collins' nomination to be head of the National Institute of Health.

Except for the surreal part that lapsed into repeated skepticism about one of the aspects of his life on which Dr. Collins has been most vocal: the positive relationship between science and his evangelical Christian faith.

After a perfectly reasonable description of Collins' qualifications as a scientist who has skills as an administrator and communicator, and who can navigate governmental politics, NPR anchor Steve Inskeep and science correspondent John Hamilton

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