Dr. Francis Collins (born April 14, 1950), a former atheist who converted to Christianity, is the current director of the National Institutes of Health. He was appointed by President Barack Hussein Obama in 2009. Pope Benedict XVI has also appointed him to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. Formerly, Collins was the head of the Human Genome Project at the National Human Genome Research Institute.
He is the author of "The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief" and is a speaker for the Veritas Forum at college campuses. He cites C.S. Lewis's writings on Christianity in turning him away from atheism, which he now renounces as the least rational worldview.
Collins promotes theistic evolution, which he calls BioLogos. He believes a non-literal interpretation of creation as it appears in Genesis. However, he believes the fine-tuning of the physical constants and the existence of a Moral Law prove the existence of a loving God.
He is also an advocate for therapeutic cloning without the use of embryonic stem cells.
The Language of God, 2006