Science and Creation
Religion is dealing with our present, but "unseen values" such as love, soul, conscience; purpose and meaning of our life; our place in the universe etc. In contrast, science is dealing, with the material and physical processes of the world, how things are working, what makes them work. We need both religion and science, and we should understand their interaction with each other, (e.g. soul and body), and we need to know, where to draw the line, when we need to apply them individually, e.g. unselfish sacrificial love cannot be explained with science, and on the other hand, the force of the gravity cannot be understood with religion. I love science and I would not join any church, if the two concepts, science and religion were not compatible.
Comments about Religion and God from the World's Most Eminent Scientists
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"Scientists who utterly reject Evolution may be one of our fastest-growing controversial minorities… Many of the scientists supporting this position hold impressive credentials in science"
Full comment is available at: Science Digest Special (Winter 1979), pp. 94-96, Larry Hatfield, “Educators Against Darwin,”
Dr. Werner Karl Heisenberg — Theoretical physicist, one of the key creators of quantum mechanics
Notable award: Nobel Prize in Physics (1932); Max Planck Medal (1933)
“The first gulp from the glass of natural sciences will turn you into an atheist, but at the bottom of the glass God is waiting for you.”
Full comment is available at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Werner_Heisenberg
Prof. Dr. Antony Hewish — Radio Astronomer, known for: Pulsars
Notable award: Nobel Prize for Physics, (1974); Eddington Medal; Royal Astronomical Society (RAS)
"Our culture these days seems to have little room for the sacred. It is widely thought that religion is out of date and irrelevant and has no place in our scientific age; that faith is superstitious nonsense that should have been left behind in kindergarten." "... we should be prepared to accept religious mysteries such as the existence of God and that God became Man around two thousand years ago."
Full comment is available at: www.questionsoftruth.net/foreword
Dr. Christian B. Anfinsen — Biochemist, known for: Ribonuclease, Anfinsen's dogma
Notable award: Nobel Prize in Chemistry (1972)
"We must admit that there exists an incomprehensible power or force with limitless foresight and knowledge that started the whole universe going in the first place”
Full comment is available at: http://godevidence.com/2010/08/quotes-about-god
Prof. Dr. Ernst Boris Chain — Biochemist
Notable award: Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (1945)
"These classic evolutionary theories are a gross oversimplification of an immensely complex and intricate mass of facts, and it amazes me that they were swallowed so uncritically and readily, and for such a long time, by so many scientists without a murmur of protest."
Full comment is available at: http://www.icr.org/article/3767/
Prof. Dr. Arthur Holly Compton — Professor of Physics
Notable award: Nobel Prize in Physics (1927)
"Science can have no quarrel, with a religion which postulates a God to whom men are as His children"
Full comment is available at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Holly_Compton
Prof. Dr. Sir John Carew Eccles — Neurophysiologist
Notable award: Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (1963); Knight Bachelor (Kt); Companion of the Order of Australia (AC)
"God the Creator of the cosmos with its fundamental laws, beginning with the exquisite quantitative design of the so-called Big Bang and its aftermath… The other is the Immanent God to whom we owe our existence. In some mysterious way, God is the Creator of all the living forms"
Full comment is available at: http://creation.com/john-eccles
Prof. Dr. Robert Andrews Millikan — Physicist
Notable award: Nobel Prize in Physics (1923); Comstock Prize
Full comment is available at: http://creation.com/robert-millikan
Prof. Dr. Nevill Francis Mott — Professor of Physics
Notable award: Nobel Prize in Physics (1977); Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS); Order of the Companions of Honour (CH)
“I believe in God, who can respond to prayers, to whom we can give trust and without whom life on this earth would be without meaning. I believe that God has revealed Himself to us in many ways and through many men and women, and that for us here in the West the clearest revelation is through Jesus and those that have followed him.”
Full comment is available at: http://www.doesgodexist.org/NovDec09/Nevill_Mott-Nobel.html
Prof. Dr. William D. Phillips — Physicist, known for: Laser cooling
Notable award: Nobel Laureate in physics (1997); Albert A. Michelson Medal
"Why do I believe in God? As a physicist, I look at nature from a particular perspective. I see an orderly, beautiful universe in which nearly all physical phenomena can be understood from a few simple mathematical equations. I see a universe that, had it been constructed slightly differently, would never have given birth to stars and planets, let alone bacteria and people."
Full comment is available at: www.templeton.org/belief/essays/phillips.pdf
Prof. Dr. Max Karl Ernst Ludwig Planck — Theoretical physicist
Notable award: Nobel Prize in Physics (1918); Goethe Prize; Pour le Mérite, Lorentz Medal; Franklin Medal; Copley Medal
“Both religion and science need for their activities the belief in God, and moreover God stands for the former in the beginning, and for the latter at the end of the whole thinking. For the former, God represents the basis, for the latter – the crown of any reasoning concerning the world-view.”
Full comment is available at: http://nobelist.tripod.com/id1.html
Rev. Dr. John Polkinghorne — Physicist, Priest, and Writer,
Notable award: Templeton Prize; Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (KBE); Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS)
"...I think that science and religion are in fact cousins, cousins under the skin, and the main reason that they are cousins is that they both share in this search for truth: truth to be attained through well-motivated belief." ... "Religion engages with people’s deepest values and priorities in a way that science doesn’t."
Full comment is available at: www.questionsoftruth.net/discussion-at-royal-society
Prof. Dr. Israel Isaac Rabi — Physicist
Notable award: Nobel Prize in Physics (1944); Elliott Cresson Medal; Medal for Merit; Public Welfare Medal
"Even in casual conversation, God entered, not every paragraph, more like every sentence"
Full comment is available at: http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/Isidor_Isaac_Rabi.aspx
Prof. Dr. Arthur L. Schawlow — Professor of Physics, known for: Laser spectroscopy
Notable award: Nobel Prize for Physics, (1981); Stuart Ballantine Medal; Young Medal and Prize
“But the context of religion is a great background for doing science. In the words of Psalm 19, ‘The heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament showeth his handiwork’. Thus scientific research is a worshipful act, in that it reveals more of the wonders of God’s creation.”
Full comment is available at: http://www.doesgodexist.org/NovDec08/Nobel-Schawlow.html
Prof. Dr. Richard Errett Smalley — Professor of Chemistry and a Professor of Physics and Astronomy
Notable award: Nobel Prize in Chemistry (1996)
"Recently I have gone back to church regularly with a new focus to understand as best I can what it is that makes Christianity so vital and powerful in the lives of billions of people today, even though almost 2000 years have passed since the death and resurrection of Christ."
Full comment is available at: http://www.doesgodexist.org/NovDec11/Nobel-Richard.Smalley.html
Prof. Dr. Joseph Hooton Taylor, Jr. — Astrophysicist; known for: Pulsars
Notable award: Nobel Prize in Physics (1993); Henry Draper Medal; John J. Carty Award; Wolf Prize in Physics
"There is no conflict between science and religion. Our knowledge of God is made larger with every discovery we make about the world.” “My wife and I spend time with our faith group; it’s a way for us to make connections with our philosophical views on life, why we are on the Earth, and what we can do for others.” “We are a group of Christians who believe that there can be a direct connection between an individual and the Spirit, which we may call God.”
Full comment is available at: http://www.doesgodexist.org/JanFeb11/James.H.Taylor--Nobel.html
Prof. Dr. Charles Hard Townes — Physicist
Notable award: Nobel Prize in Physics (1964); SPIE Gold Medal; Templeton Prize; National Medal of Science; Young Medal and Prize
“I strongly believe in the existence of God, based on intuition, observations, logic, and also scientific knowledge. ... "Science, with its experiments and logic, tries to understand the order or structure of the universe. Religion, with its theological inspiration and reflection, tries to understand the purpose or meaning of the universe." ... "I am a physicist. I also consider myself a Christian. As I try to understand the nature of our universe in these two modes of thinking, I see many commonalties and crossovers between science and religion. It seems logical that in the long run the two will even converge.”
Full comment is available at: http://nobelist.tripod.com/id1.html
The Push And Pull Between Science And Religion Over The Last Few Centuries
During the 18th and 19th centuries, secular humanism gained a foothold in popular opinion. Perhaps it was a rejection of the religious dogma of the previous centuries or a fascination with the new technological advancements, but this time, the rudimentary science of the day was used to provide a secular, humanist theory of creation. These early evolutionary theories were built on one premise: that somehow out of a combination of oxygen and carbon a cell was formed and began a slow process of development.
Some changes within species were noted due to genetic anomalies or adaptation and this allowed scientists to postulate that life evolved the same way. Of course such a transformation from single cells to a complex living system would require billions of years, so the geological age of the earth had to be made to match such a long time period. This quaint theory could have withstood centuries of critique except that In Darwin’s day there were no microscopes capable of identifying chromosomes or more importantly DNA. Now we know, that there is no possibility of the blueprint of every cell, the DNA, developing through adaptation, natural selection or survival of the most fit.
We believe that the discovery of the DNA was reserved for these times so that man would have one last chance to stand in awe of his creator, before life on this planet ends and we stand before God in judgment. God as the creator of the earth and all life is the “elephant in the room” upon which all theology depends. Unless we can accept scientific fact and Genesis as a literal explanation of the universe and creation, we can’t fully accept the resurrection of Jesus and second coming of the Messiah.
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