My father-in-law sent me this:
Last week I contacted you about a lecture at Caltech. Several couldn’t attend but asked if it would be available on line. The answer is yes.
Last Thursday, five of us from Calvary attended. Dr. Francis Collins, world-renown geneticist, physician, and Former Director of the National Human Genome Research Institute at the National Institutes of Health shared his journey from atheism to faith, propelled by science. His talk was followed by a Q&A session. Several of you asked if the talk was available. It is now available at this link: http://www.veritas.org/media/talks/662. (different university, same presentation) Note that you need to download either the audio file or the video file and then play it. The files are big, 50 and 80 MB respectively.
A few comments about this lecture:
I spent 7 years in graduate school at Caltech and since then I have been involved in literally hundreds of on campus events. Never in all of this contact with Caltech have I seen a born again Christian scientist give an address. This event was in Beckman Auditorium which seats maybe 1,400. Every seat was filled and people were standing in the back. Truly amazing considering that it was a cold rainy night and the lecture was at 8 PM.
Dr. Collins gave his personal testimony of how he moved from an atheist to belief in God and then in Jesus. Scientists cover many fields. Those who are the most adamant about atheism are typically the evolutionary biologists. That is why this talk is so important. Collins was responsible for the first complete mapping of human DNA and is a world class expert in biology. He talked about his belief not only in God but also in Jesus and how it changed his life. You could have heard a pin drop in the auditorium as he spoke. After his talk he responded to questions and this was probably the best part of the evening. Agnostic and atheist students and adults asked polite questions and he responded well. As part of the talk he discussed CS Lewis’ “Mere Christianity.” At the end of the talk, free copies of the book were available to all who were interested.
One part of his talk that was certainly controversial from a Christian viewpoint – the method God used to create the diverse species. His position is that: (1) the earth is old, (2) God initially created life, (3) God used the evolutionary process to create diversity of life up to Homo Sapiens and (4) at that point, God infused man with free will in His image.