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What Scientists say and think about God? – You’ll be surprised

For Big questions, we also need great minds.

As we started our journey from the article, “How many times have we asked ourselves about the origin of creation“.

We continue and search thoughts expressed by the greatest scientists in our history. Nothing about theologians.

OK! Is there a “Creator” or a “Great Intelligence”?

An atheist says: “We can’t proof it by science, and we can’t see anything. Then God doesn’t exist.” Agnostics, on the other hand, claim that the existence of any deity is unknown or unknowable.

Adventure with the science guys

  • Galileo Galilei (1564 – 1642)
  • Charles Darwin (1809 – 1882)
  • Albert Einstein (1879 – 1955)
  • Michio Kaku (1947 – present)
  • Dr. Francis Collins (1950 – present)
  • Bill Nye (1955 – present)
  • Neil DeGrasse Tyson (1958 – present)

Galileo Galilei – “That great book”

Mathematics is the language with which God has written the universe. Philosophy is written in that great book which ever lies before our eyes — I mean the universe — but we cannot understand it if we do not first learn the language and grasp the symbols, in which it is written. This book is written in the mathematical language, and the symbols are triangles, circles and other geometrical figures, without whose help it is impossible to comprehend a single word of it; without which one wanders in vain through a dark labyrinth.

Galileo Galilei in “The Assayer” (1623), as translated by Thomas Salusbury (1661), p. 178, as quoted in The Metaphysical Foundations of Modern Science (2003) by Edwin Arthur Burtt, p. 75

Charles Darwin – “I have never been an atheist”

Charles Darwin (1809-1882) in his last years, as he wrote in a letter (1879) to John Fordyce:

[My] judgment often fluctuates…. Whether a man deserves to be called a theist depends on the definition of the term … In my most extreme fluctuations I have never been an atheist in the sense of denying the existence of a God. — I think that generally (and more and more so as I grow older), but not always, — that an agnostic would be the most correct description of my state of mind.

Letter to John Fordyce (link)

Albert Einstein – “A superior mind”

It’s interesting because a scientist see Nature and Universe by a completely different way rather than a usual man. A great scientist spend his lifetime looking for the deepest laws and rules in our cosmos.

Scientific research can reduce superstition by encouraging people to think and view things in terms of cause and effect. Certain it is that a conviction, akin to religious feeling, of the rationality and intelligibility of the world lies behind all scientific work of a higher order. […] This firm belief, a belief bound up with a deep feeling, in a superior mind that reveals itself in the world of experience, represents my conception of God. In common parlance this may be described as “pantheistic” (Spinoza).

A.Einstein, in answers he gave to the Japanese magazine “Kaizō” in 1923.

Albert Einstein had a special and personal concept of God, influenced also by Spinoza (1632-1677, philosopher).

Dr. Michio Kaku – “Is God a Mathematician?”

The mind of God we believe is cosmic music, the music of strings resonating through 11 dimensional hyperspace. That is the mind of God.

Dr. Francis Collins – “A different set of questions”

Some scientists see religion as a threat to the scientific method that should be resisted. But faith “is really asking a different set of questions.”

— says Collins

Dr. Francis Collins has served as the director of the National Institutes of Health since August 2009. He is the former director of the National Human Genome Research Institute, where he led the successful effort to complete the Human Genome Project—which mapped and sequenced all the human DNA and determined aspects of its function. The project built the foundation upon which subsequent genetic research is being performed. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences. In 2007 Collins received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honour, and in 2009 Pope Benedict XVI appointed him to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.

Collins has also published several books about the intersection of science and faith, including the New York Times bestseller “The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief.”

Why its so hard for scientists to believe in god

Bill Nye – “We are actually Agnostic”

Neil DeGrass Tyson – “Atheist or Agnostic?”

One of the most famous and contemporary agnostic scientists is Neil DeGrasse Tyson (Astrophysicist).

Final thoughts

As final thoughts, it’s not a matter of only scientific research. Because our ability and position to answers some ambitious questions are faraway our prediction. I can’t imagine when we could be able to find out and solve such mysteries. One thousand years? Two thousands? One Hundred thousands?

Excluding our extinction by ourselves, of course…

We can give one conclusion. There is a higher order, a predictable design. There are signs that every phenomenon is following a specific, designed rule that connects everything.
We can also see that this is the result of an intelligence somehow.

I’d like to leave you with an interesting piece from an interview with Martin Rees, a famous cosmologist. In this interview, he shares his thoughts about the Nature Laws.

This post will be updated with new sources and researches!

Feel free to share your knowledge and sources to make a constructive conversation.