The author of The Language of God: 'A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief has been outspoken about his faith in the past.
''The NIH director needs to focus on science,'' Collins told the Associated Press on Monday. ''I have no religious agenda for the NIH.''
The AP reports that Collins resigned from the Web site the day before assuming his new job, but was proud of its work.
"I do think the current battle that's going on in our culture between extreme voices is not a productive one," he said. "The chance to play some kind of useful role in that conversation by pointing out the potential harmony was something that seemed to be making ...1