Today, many atheists believe only in science and oppose the existence of God. However, the famous scientists, the “fathers of modern science,” claim their belief in God. True scientists will not arbitrarily make conclusions, they will not use limited “insights” to deny the infinite “unknown.”
Because as the genius Einstein admits, “We know nothing about [God, the world] at all. All our knowledge is but the knowledge of schoolchildren. Possibly we shall know a little more than we do now. But the real nature of things, that we shall never know, never.”
Many Western scientists grew up in religious families. When they grew up passionate about science they did not, therefore, give up faith in God. For them, the search for new things in science seems to be just about finding the rules that God hides.
“Giant” scientists like Nicolaus Copernicus, Galileo Galilei, Isaac Newton, James Clerk Maxwell, Albert Einstein, among others think that this world is the masterpiece of God and recognize themselves as faithful believers in the Creator.
The point of view of a true scientist’s science and theology is evident in the statement of the 1932 physics Nobel laureate, the father of quantum mechanics, Werner Heisenberg, “The first sip of a glass of natural science will make you an atheist, but at the bottom of the glass, God awaits you. Will we be able to get to the bottom of the glass?”
A great scientist, Louis Pasteur’s vision is similar to Heisenberg, he said, “The more I study nature, the more I stand amazed at the work of the Creator. Science brings men nearer to God.”
While Einstein was young, he did not have a firm belief in God, but after a life of scientific research, he finally concluded, “The more I study science, the more I believe in God.”
The father of relativism also said, “Everyone who is seriously involved in the pursuit of science becomes convinced that a spirit is manifest in the laws of the Universe-a spirit vastly superior to that of man, and one in the face of which we with our modest powers must feel humble.”
Einstein concluded that the atheist view will even hold back science because atheists tend to disbelieve what is beyond their understanding. It is difficult for them to accept the new things, while the purpose of science is to find that which does not yet exist. If thousands of years ago, we could not prove the existence of the atomic nucleus, if at that time, we arbitrarily concluded that the atomic nucleus did not exist, so we made a big mistake?
Isaac Newton, a devout Christian, also showed that he had absolute faith in God, and he affirmed, “This most beautiful System of the Sun, Planets, and Comets, could only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intelligent and powerful being.”
Newton’s belief in God is also evident in the statement, “The half-hearted thinker will not believe in God, but people who think carefully with a full heart will have to believe in God.”
According to statistics in a book called by Baruch A. Shalev, “100 Years of Nobel Prizes” published in 2003: Between 1901 and 2000 reveals that 654 Laureates belong to 28 different religion. Most 65.4% have identified Christianity in its various forms as their religious preference. Overall, Christians have won a total of 78.3% of all the Nobel Prizes in Peace, 72.5% in Chemistry, 65.3% in Physics, 62% in Medicine, 54% in Economics and 49.5% of all Literature awards. According to U.N. statistics, in the last three centuries, among 300 outstanding scientists in the world, 242 believe in God.
Thus, a belief in God does not interfere with scientific research. A belief in God will even help scientists make greater efforts in research because there is something that motivates them to “look for things created by God.”
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