Dr Francis Collins, former director of the National Institutes of Health and Serious Christian

Science can’t answer everything. Therefore Jesus was the temporarily visible third of the Invisible Magic Friend.

We prayed to the Invisible Magic Friend to send us a vaccine for the Invisible Magic Friend’s Holy Virus and, praise be, he sent us not just one, but several. Isn’t he just brilliant!

You see, the Invisible Magic Friend gets people to do all his good work for him, thus cleverly making it look as if he doesn’t exist. Cunning eh?


6 thoughts on “Dr Francis Collins, former director of the National Institutes of Health and Serious Christian

  1. The bit at the end about science and religion both being a quest for the truth was Wilkinsonesque. Religion , as far as there is any enquiry, is about confirming what already has been deemed to be true. The archeology of the Midle East was and is distorted by Christians trying to shoehorn discoveries into their biblical narrative, which they have pre-empted into being true. They are/were not investigating if there was any historical validity to bible stories.

    There is an orthodoxy in some of science, but outside of totalitarian states, dissenters aren’t persecuted like heretics were, and where secular society hasn’t put at stop to it, still are. And of course, he was quiet on what benefits the religious quest for truth had brought to the wider world.


  2. The worst kind of TFTDer. He says he struggled for two years to align his belief in the supernatural with his scientific beliefs and is now happy to accept that it is all those prayers that led his one particular god to make the science work. Hallelujah!
    How does he then explain that Muslims would claim the same effect for their one particular god, or Hindus for their several particular gods, or any cult for their particular supernatural entity?
    And the final Today interview has Jane Goodall saying about the creation of beautiful music and architecture that “This cannot be chance.” Well if that is all god-given then so surely so must be the destruction of chimp habitats to help those humans who are now living in those areas. You can’t have it both ways.


  3. It’s the old ‘there must be more to life than this’ approach. It’s one of the main reasons why Invisible Magic Friends continue to ‘exist’ in the modern world.
    It’s a rotten position because of its inherent assumption. Why must there be a reason or purpose?
    But once you’ve assumed an IMF, it’s unsurprising that most people follow their society’s prevalent IMF. How is that searching for truth? We should hope for more from a top scientist.


  4. Confronted with this level of self-delusion, and self-deceit one can only sigh and wish the guy well in whatever he does. There is, however, the uncomfortable matter of how much damage a religious ego of this size might do to other susceptible minds? People like Collins; utterly confident in their warped convictions, are laughable, but also deeply disturbing.

    There’s no point in asking whether Collins has asked himself why his IMF ‘created’ the dreaded COVID and sent the pandemic on his people; he will, of course have a pat response, which will be a salad of cod science and scriptural nonsense.


  5. When Collins was appointed Director of the NIH, there were real concerns that he would allow his fairly fundamental Christian beliefs to influence his scientific decisions. For instance, he was on record as believing that consciousness involved supernatural processes, and therefore that it was a waste of time trying to investigate it using the techniques of science. This caused some disquiet among researchers who were receiving NIH grants to do just that.

    Fortunately, Collins has managed to keep his religious beliefs away from his NIH responsibilities. He is generally agreed to have done a sterling job at the NIH; and researchers into consciousness continue to benefit from NIH grants. But that doesn’t make up for the degree of self-delusion that he displayed today. And, as Liverpudlian says, his prestige and scientific expertise are unfortunately likely to bamboozle the unwary into thinking that he knows what he’s talking about when it comes to the IMF.


  6. Well, that was a real doozy with which to end 2021; this was Wilkinson-ism on steroids.

    The level of post hoc reasoning, confirmation bias and sheer delusion was hugely (un)impressive – this fella needs to be on TFTD more often, as on today’s evidence he’ll only demonstrate the intellectual squeamishness of devout piety better than any skeptic.


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