Are Science And Faith Compatible?

I came across this interesting article the other day on the CNN website: Collins: Why this scientist believes in God, in which Francis Collins - the director of the Human Genome Project - shares his personal experience on the matter. (He also has a book out: The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief).

So we have possibly the world's leading scientist of the day sharing his personal opinion and experience that it is possible to pursue scientific endeavor and believe in God while maintaining intellectual integrity.

I think that's pretty hard to dismiss, however it seems (from some of the comments) that some of the naysayers will say nay no matter what.


"...believe in God while maintaining intellectual integrity."

What is intellectual integrity? Integrity against personal belief? or integrity against Faith?

Surely, integrity disitegrates as new ideas seeps in.

one cannot maintain intellectual integrity against tenets of FAITH because there will be no faith if that is so

Thanks for the comment.

It seems that your definition of faith excludes the possibility of 'reason'. However, many people, including myself, consider reason (and intellectual integrity) to be an important foundation for faith. provides the following definition for faith:
1. Confident belief in the truth, value, or trustworthiness of a person, idea, or thing.
2. Belief that does not rest on logical proof or material evidence.

Point 1 is more reflective of my understanding of faith. Point 2 is not the only definition, and in the extreme it is what I would consider to be 'unreasonable' faith.

It is very encouraging when someone with such creditionals in science says it does not contradict a belief in the God of the bible. But how sad that he feels evolution and the bible are compatiable. Answers in Genesis are a great resource for Christians who have a keen interest in understanding their world scientifically but feel they have to compromise on the details of the bible, Ken Ham says that the word of God in genesis has been compromised in order to fit in with MAN'S theories about the earth, evolution is another religion or belief about the past. There are ways of interpreting what we see in the present which do not involve evolution. The problem of sin when one has a belief in evolution is that the fossil record must have been laid down BEFORE man evolved, and yet the bible says MAN caused sin and death. There are many other parts of genesis that are compromised such as Noah and the Ark, the geneology of Jesus when one has a belief in evolution. But I thank God that there are scientists such as those who write and preach for AIG who can show people that secular science is not God, and man's word is not infalliable, and what is presented on tv as fact is theory, and assumption about the past which is being challenged.