"The tragedy of common sense
it that it is not
very common."
(Albert Einstein)

"Politically correct Christianity
is tolerated but despised.
Full Gospel Christianity is
respected but persecuted."

"If you marry the Zeitgeist
you will soon become widow."

"To reach the source of a river
you must swim upstreams."
(Stanislaw Jerzy Lec)

"I note that all those,
who are positive to abortion
already are born."
(Ronald Reagan)

Last modified: 2024 02 29 13:30

Science and faith

The Space Shuttle serves the Hubble Telescope

A general understanding today seems to be that science, once and for all, has disproved the existence of the supernatural, and that only unintelligent and ignorant people can believe in the God of the Bible. This opinion dominates media and the school curricula in the West. In media this opinion is openly stated, but at school it is often done more covertly (as it normally conflicts with the legislation in most Western countries, which forbid the school system to influence children neither for nor against religion).

If now these generally accepted opinions are correct, there remains a few things to be explained: Why do for instance around 40 percent of all scientists in USA believe in a personal God (according to articles in Nature April 3 1997, page 435, and July 23 1998, page 313), which by the way is almost the same figure as in a poll 80 years earlier? Have those scientists slept during the last 80 years and not noticed that modern science has proved that there is no God? And why, by the way, is the highest percentage of academic believers in a personal God, found among physicists and mathematicians? Have those physicists and mathematicians not understood the consequences of their own theories, while everyone else seem to have done so?!

Why is it, that a text book in biology, written by a mediocre junior high school teacher, who a bit superciliously states that long ago people believed in a Creator but today know better than so, makes such an impact? While on the other hand Albert Einstein many times spoke of the existence of a superior Intellect behind the Universe? In whom should we trust, the junior high school teacher or Albert Einstein? Einstein had, contrary to an average journalist or biology text book author demonstrably such profound and fundamental understanding of the Universe's secrets, that his thinking changed our entire world view. Perhaps he understood more of the origin of the Universe than most people. This is at least a possibility, which cannot be disregarded per definition!

Charles Townes, who shared the Nobel Prize for his discovery of the theory behind the laser, and who is a believing Christian, said in Newsweek, (July 27th 1998) that recent discoveries in cosmology reveal "a universe that fits into the religious worldview" and especially that "an Intelligence must have been involved in the formulation of the Laws of the Universe".

In this section of my home page I try to answer various questions regarding the relationship between faith and science. My aim is to show that they do not contradict one another. Instead it is a matter of two different but equally relevant perspectives on reality.

If you belong to those who regard your atheism as scientifically based, and think that all forms of faith are ridiculous and beyond all reason, then I challenge you to read my texts and then try to refute my arguments.

© Krister Renard