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Are Science and Faith in God Compatible?
Prominent Scientists Say ? "YES"


"There is no incompatibility between science and religion... Science shows that God exists." - Prof. D. Barton, Nobel Prize Chemistry 1969


Science and faith are usually viewed as incompatible. For centuries science has been on the ascendancy, seemingly faith has been on the retreat. As the boundaries of man's knowledge have extended, the less God has been relied upon to explain the unknown.

Surprisingly recent scientific discoveries point to the existence of a Creator. As Professor Wolfgang Smith says "the physics of today is inviting at last the more thoughtful... to reexamine 'the question of God'."

Twentieth century developments have banished forever the idea of an unchanging, ever existing universe. Einstein's theory implied that the universe is not static, but dynamic and must have had a beginning. Hubble's 1969 observations of various stars revealed that the universe is in fact expanding. The "Big Bang" theory was born.

This view was greatly strengthened when Penzias and Wilson of Bell Labs discovered extraterrestrial micro-wave radio signals in 1965. This radiation is now universally accepted as the cosmic record of the fireball which gave birth to the universe.

Dr. Arno Penzias, who received the 1978 Nobel Prize for his co-discovery of cosmic background radiation comments:

"Astronomy leads us to a unique event, a universe which is created out of nothing..." Moreover, "the creation of the universe is supported by all the observable data astronomy has produced so far."

Big Bang - "Like Looking at God"

Early in 1992 astrophysicist George Smoot reported finding slight, but persistent, fluctuations in the cosmic background radiation -- like ripples in a pond after a stone has been thrown in. "If you're religious," said Professor Smoot, "this is like looking at God" (Time, Dec. 28/92).

It is not merely the realization that the universe had a beginning which leads scientists to contemplate a Creator-God. Science has discovered that many fundamental parameters are just right for the generation of life. For example, if the mass of the proton were significantly different, no stars would ever have been produced, the universe would never have come into existence.

"The existence of the universe requires me to conclude that God exists." - Robert A. Naumann, Prof. of Chemistry & Physics, Princeton

As Nobel-prize winner, Penzias expresses it:

"Astronomy leads us to... a universe... with the very delicate balance needed to provide exactly the conditions required to permit life, and one which as an underlying (one might say 'supernatural') plan."

These findings raise the question "... whether the universe is the product of intelligent design, whether the human experience is part of some unfolding purpose?" (Robert Wright, Time 28 Dec. 92) As Physicist, Paul Davies states it:

"The impression of design is overwhelming."

Present Day Einstein Ponders —Is the Universe an Act of God?

Stephen Hawking expresses the view:

"It would be very difficult to explain why the universe should have begun in just this way; except as the act of a God who intended to create beings like us."

Hawking's contemporaries see the 'finger of God' in the origin and development of the cosmos. One expresses it this way:

"There is so much in... the universe we inhabit, the exact balances needed to support life... every one of which is vitally necessary for... life. These physical properties of the universe lead me to favour a Designer or Creator... I believe in a creator." - Jay Roth, Emeritus Professor, Univ. of Connecticut

Today, it is no longer superstitious and old-fashioned to be a scientist who believes in God. Rather, research leads many scientists to such a conclusion.

Zoologist Thomas Emmel states:

"To me, the concept of God is a logical outcome of the study of the immense universe that lies around us..." and "To me, God exists as the Supreme Being who started this creation... and he was responsible... for the development of life on earth. The evidence is all-too-pervasive..."

Chemist, Steven Bernasek says:

"I believe in... God. His existence is apparent to me in everything around me, especially in my work as a scientist."

Scientists Propelled Toward a Personal God

"Why does the universe go to all the bother of existing? ... does it need a creator, and, if so, does he have any other effect on the universe?" —Stephen Hawking

Many scientists have been compelled by their unfolding knowledge of the universe towards the belief in a Creator-God. Some have stopped with the thought of an unknown and unknowable God, who began everything and now passively observes the results of His work. However, other scientists have taken a step beyond, to seek a personal God who can be known and experienced.

Former MIT and UCLA Prof. Wolfgang Smith, says:

"To me personally nothing is more evident, more certain, than the existence or reality of God... to believe in God is to 'participate' in Him."

Edward Nelson, Math professor at Princeton says:

"I believe that the origin of the universe is the... free act of its Creator... I believe in, pray to and worship God."

Finally, John Polkinghorne of Cambridge writes:

"I accept... God the Creator, the One who holds the world in being... I am a Christian believer... I believe that God exists and has made himself known in human terms in Jesus Christ."

Perhaps these are the 'modern magi', the present-day equivalent of the three wise men. In the Bible, these astronomers realized that the long-promised Messiah, the king of the Jews, was being born in Israel and they came to worship Him. Shouldn't we follow them?

by Dr. Nigel Tomes
 


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