Though the nomination of Francis Collins to direct the NIH was applauded and endorsed by many, others raise criticism, particular on Collins' "very public embrace of religion", as the New York Times puts it. As described in his book, The Language of God, Collins converted to Christianity at the age of 27. That's where Collins has encounter the vitriol of some science bloggers who say that Collins' faith will affect his ability to direct good science. PZ Myers says that Collins will be able to manage the institution well enough, but adds that "we can also trust him to drape Jesus over every major announcement, use the office as a platform for promoting religiosity." Similarly Jonathan Eisen writes that Collins will do the job well though he has "mixed feelings" and Larry Moran just says that the announcement is "bad news." At the Intersection, however, Chris Mooney is "glad of the choice. It elevates to new prominence someone who merges top tier science with religion–a powerful way to show that you really can have both in your life."
Francis Collins and the Science Bloggers
Jul 10, 2009