I have a question for my detractors. We theists are constantly chided by atheists and skeptics for our “blind faith,” whereas they claim they base their views on solid scientific evidence. It’s also popularly thought that progress in science will eventually replace “religious superstitions” (see “Deconstructing the God of the gaps“). Here’s my question…. If it’s all about the “evidence” then why is Francis Collins a devout Christian and Richard Dawkins a militant anti-Christian atheist?
They’re both brilliant scientists in their field; they both have the same scientific data available to them in genetics and biology. Collins was not raised in a Christian home and was an atheist when he entered college but became a Christian while in medical school. (You can hear Collins’s testimony here). Dawkins was raised as a Christian and became an atheist as a teenager.
So, in light of these things, why did these two scientists make opposite conclusions about God?