Like C.S. Lewis and many other great thinkers, Dr. Collins was a confirmed atheist until he opened his mind to the possibility of God and the evidence for a Creator who made what science can only study. He came to realize it took greater faith and a considerable amount of hubris to be an atheist and to reject any evidence that might contravene that view. He said science and faith are different ways of finding truth and that "they are not only compatible, but ... wondrously complimentary."
As leader of the Human Genome Project, Dr. Collins led a team of more than 2,000 scientists from six countries. "Together," he said, "we determined all three billion letters of the human genome, our own DNA instruction book, and made all those data freely available on the Internet every 24 hours. It is hard to get your mind around how much information this is. ... Suppose we decided to take a little time this morning to read the letters of the human genome together, just to express our awe at God's creation. If we took turns reading, and agreed to stick with it until we were all the way through, we would be here for 31 years! And you have all that information inside each of the 100 trillion cells of your body."
It takes a lot of faith (or denial) to believe random chance produced such order in the human body, much less order in the observable universe. Yet there are those who would seek truth only in what they can see. Truly, an incomplete mind is a terrible waste.