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Templeton Prize Awarded
News Bytes 05/27/2020 11 Comments

The John Templeton Foundation awards an annual prize to a living individual chosen by a panel of judges. The honor goes to a person who makes a great contribution to the human condition in ways that intersect faith and science. The foundation is “philanthropic.” That means it seeks the good of people. And while it is motivated by human spirituality, it is not specifically Christian. The foundation selects individuals from various religious backgrounds for its honor. Most recently, though, the Templeton Prize is recognizing a Christian in healthcare. The foundation named Francis Collins for the 2020 award.

Collins is a physician and geneticist. He is also a professing Christian. Dr. Collins has served as the director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) since 2009. The John Templeton Foundation says it selected Collins for demonstrating how religious faith motivates scientific research. He will receive a cash prize worth a little over $1.3 million. The group made its choice late last year but delayed the announcement due to the coronavirus pandemic. Collins will formally receive the prize in a virtual ceremony later this year.

Does science contradict the Bible? Christians say no. Christians believe that true science only reveals more and more about our Creator and the creation, which was wonderfully made but now groans under the effects of sin. Illness is one of the most obvious conditions that humans suffer under due to the Fall.

Addressing suffering from diseases is an act of mercy that God allows doctors and scientists to pursue. In recent months, Collins and his NIH colleagues have shifted major parts of their work to combatting the virus. Collins said in a statement, “Almost my every waking moment is consumed by the effort to find treatments and a vaccine for COVID-19.”

He also said that while the complexity of human biology leaves him awestruck, he grieves “at the suffering and death I see all around. . . . But then I remember that the God who hung on the cross is intimately familiar with suffering.”

From 1993 to 2008, Collins worked with the Human Genome Project. That project mapped and sequenced the three billion DNA letters that make up the human genetic “instruction book.” It helped to give much greater understanding to how God made the human body.

Collins is also a book author. In 2006, he published The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief. It tells how he came to faith in Christ and also explains why he believes science does not conflict with the Bible.

(2020’s Templeton Prize winner, NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins, attends a Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on new coronavirus tests in Washington, D.C., on May 7, 2020. AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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Wow! I think that's super

Wow! I think that's super cooll!

2nd Comment

That is so neat he is a Christian. He sounds very firm in his beliefs. That is good. Bella, i think it is super cool too! And I had never even heard of this organization!

3rd comment P.S. this is Caro

I agree Riley. Has anyone read Charlotte's Web? Wasn't the rat named Templeton?

@ Caro

Yes, I have read Charlotte's Wed, and yes, the rat's name is Templeton!

Awesome! I'm so glad that Mr.

Awesome! I'm so glad that Mr. Collins got this award. My church has been going through Genesis, and with the creation story we were basically talking about this stuff: How science and Christianity go hand in hand. We also talked about the creation account and how it fits in with science. It was really fascinating. And yes, Caro, the rat in Charlotte's Web is named Templeton. That's a good book!

This is Mylee

Wow I am so glad he is a Christian , I am reading this science book about creation vs, evolution and creation is winning every time. Riley D. I have never heard of this organization before either. I have read Charlottes web before too. And the rats name was Templeton.

Charlotte's Web

Is a very good book. Has anyone seen the two movies? There's one that's animated and one that's live action. The animated one is the best. Also about the article: I think that's really cool, and I love seeing how much God and science go hand in hand. I've been learning about space in science, and I just can't understand how anyone could not realize that there's an ultimate Creator who made it all! I could go on a long rant about that, but that would take a very long time ;-)

Bible + Science

Has anyone here ever heard of Answers in Genesis? It is a creation organization. I am taking a class of theirs and I as learning how science confirms the Bible.

Answering to Questions

@Kara N: I have seen one of them and I think it was the animated one. Whichever one is older. When they came out with the new one, I heard people saying that the older one was better.
@Cortney K: It sounds familiar, but I can't put my finger on where I heard it. It sounds neat though!

This is Mylee

Yes I have seen both movies. Also I think we use to do answers in Genesis for school but I am not for sure.

I have

I have read the book and watched the movie very good! Also about the article, very good

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