As in every profession, even scientists disagree about some things. And there have been times when something they all seemed to think was true, turned out later to be incorrect. So obviously, I am not saying that just because someone in the scientific field believes a certain thing proves that it’s true, since there are others in this field who believe the opposite.
This is simply to point out that – shocker! – there are actually people who are considered highly intelligent who believe that there is evidence of ‘a God’.
Here are a few:
Victor F. Weisskopf 1908-2002
He said the following,
“The Judeo-Christian tradition describes the beginning of the world in a way that is surprisingly similar to the scientific model.”** The following quote is certainly not original with me, but I have often said, “We Christians recognize that there was a Big Bang, we just know Who the Banger was.”
Professor of Physics, Emeritus
Institute Professor Emeritus
He was noted for his theoretical work in quantum electrodynamics, the structure of the atomic nucleus and elementary particle physics. He also made major contributions to the development of quantum theory, especially in the area of Quantum Electrodynamics.He became head of the physics faculty at MIT after World War II.
Antony Flew 1923-1910
(BOOK) There Is a God: How the World’s Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind
by Antony Flew, Roy Abraham Varghese
In one of the biggest religion news stories of the new millennium, the Associated Press announced that Professor Antony Flew, the world’s leading atheist, now believes in God.
Flew is a pioneer for modern atheism. His famous paper, Theology and Falsification, was first presented at a meeting of the Oxford Socratic Club chaired by C. S. Lewis and went on to become the most widely reprinted philosophical publication of the last five decades. Flew earned his fame by arguing that one should presuppose atheism until evidence of a God surfaces. He now believes that such evidence exists, and There Is a God chronicles his journey from staunch atheism to believer…..
He was also critical of the idea of life after death, the free will defense to the problem of evil, and the meaningfulness of the concept of God.
But, in 2004 he changed his position, and stated that he now believed in the existence of an Intelligent Creator of the universe, which shocked fellow atheists. He stated that in keeping his lifelong commitment to go where the evidence leads, he now believed in the existence of a god (though he did not claim to believe in a god of any certain religion).
Francis Collins, 1950-
from CNN Collins: Why this scientist believes in God
I had always assumed that faith was based on purely emotional and irrational arguments, and was astounded to discover, initially in the writings of the Oxford scholar C.S. Lewis and subsequently from many other sources, that one could build a very strong case for the plausibility of the existence of God on purely rational grounds. My earlier atheist’s assertion that “I know there is no God” emerged as the least defensible. As the British writer G.K. Chesterton famously remarked, “Atheism is the most daring of all dogmas, for it is the assertion of a universal negative.”
He has been elected to the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences, and has received the National Medal of Science, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Took part in discovery of the genes for cystic fibrosis, Huntington’s disease, and neurofibromatosis.
Invented positional cloning.
Directed National Human Genome Research Institute Director for 15 years.
Awards and honors (from Wikipedia)
While leading the National Human Genome Research Institute, Collins was elected to the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences. He was awarded the Canada Gairdner International Award in 1990. He was a Kilby International Awards recipient in 1993. Collins received the Golden Plate Award of the American Academy of Achievement in 1994. He received the Biotechnology Heritage Award with J. Craig Venter in 2001, from the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) and the Chemical Heritage Foundation. Collins and Venter shared the “Biography of the Year” title from A&E Network in 2000. In 2005, Collins and Venter were honored as two of “America’s Best Leaders” by U.S. News & World Report and the Harvard University Center for Public Leadership……
Michael Faraday, 1791-1867
Albert Einstein kept photographs of 3 scientists in his office: Isaac Newton, James Clerk Maxwell and Michael Faraday.
The unit of electrical capacitance is named the farad, with the symbol F, in honor of Michael Faraday.
He began work at the Royal Institution of Great Britain in 1813. By 1833, he became Fullerian Professor of Chemistry there. In 1848 and then again in 1858 he was offered the Presidency of the Royal Society, but turned it down.
Pieter Zeeman, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1902, said the following about Faraday:
…recalling the two titles of Faraday’s basic work: “Magnetization of light”, “Illumination of lines of force.”They appear to us to be almost prophesies, because we have now seen that light can in fact be magnetized, and… in nature itself, in the northern lights, an example of illumination of the magnetic lines of force of the Earth by the electrons escaping from the sun.
Here are a few of Faraday’s discoveries:
1821: Discovery of Electromagnetic Rotation
1823: Gas Liquefaction and Refrigeration
1825: Discovery of Benzene
1831: Discovery of Electromagnetic Induction
1834: Faraday’s Laws of Electrolysis
1836: Invention of the Faraday Cage
1845: Discovery of the Faraday Effect
1845: Discovery of Diamagnetism as a Property of all Matter
Samuel Morse 1791 – 1872.
Invented the telegraph and Morse Code.
At Yale, some of his studies included Chemistry, Natural Philosophy (Physics), French, Greek, Geometry, and Geography. At the age of 19, he graduated from Yale with Phi Beta Kappa honors from the most prestigious of America’s honor societies.
Ernest Walton 1903 – 1995
Winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics after he artificially split the atom and proved that E = mc2.
He graduated from Trinity College in Dublin in 1927 with a Master’s degree in Physics.
Walton performed the first artificial nuclear disintegration in history by crashing protons at 400,000 volts into a thin sheet of lithium metal, splitting lithium atoms into fast moving helium nuclei (alpha particles).
Arthur Eddington 1882 – 1944
Experimentally verified Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity, and was the first scientist to propose that stars get their energy from nuclear fusion.
Became Plumian Professor of Astronomy at Cambridge in 1913 where he taught for over 30 years. He was made director of the Cambridge Observatory in 1914.
Gerald Schroeder 1939 –
Spent five years on the staff of the MIT physics department.
His Doctorate is in two fields: Earth sciences and physics.
Has over 60 publications in the world’s leading scientific journals.
Worked with nuclear disarmament and was present at the detonation of a long series of nuclear weapons [atomic bombs]. He also has consulted for agencies of the governments of Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Canada, USA. Results of his work have been reported in Time, Newsweek, Scientific American. He has several books (that appear in 10 languages), including:
Genesis and the Big Bang, The Science of God which was Amazon.com’s best selling book in the field of physics/cosmology for all of 1998. Also, The Hidden Face of God, discovering the unity that binds all existence, and God According to God, A scientist proves we’ve been wrong about God all along.