Nine Scientists Look at Religion

By Wayne Jackson

Richard Dawkins of Oxford University is a rabid, mouth-foaming atheist. He has made a career of fighting that which he believes does not even exist. In his recent book, The God Delusion, he claims that religious faith is a “virus of the mind,” and that the “infection” is socially spread by means of “persuasive opinion,” which he compares to “genetic drift.” How much more blessed society would be if he and those of his breed would contract a potent case of a sound theological virus!

More than forty years ago an article was published in the Reader’s Digest magazine. It was a condensed version of a piece produced earlier in a journal called, The Link, a publication of the chaplains division of the Armed Forces, issued out of Washington, D.C. The brief article contained the testimony of nine prominent scientists of varying disciplines. I hereby reproduce the material for the benefit of our readers.

Arthur H. Compton, Physicist

There can be no conflict between science and religion. Science is a reliable method of finding truth. Religion is the search for a satisfying way of life. Science is growing; yet a world that has science needs, as never before, the inspiration that religion offers.

Edwin Conklin, Biologist

The probability of life originating from accident is comparable to the probability of the unabridged dictionary resulting from the explosion in a printing shop.

Wernher von Braun, Missile Scientist

I believe in an immortal soul. Science has proved that nothing disintegrates into nothingness. Life and soul, therefore, cannot disintegrate into nothingness, and so are immortal.

Albert Einstein, Theoretical Physicist

The man who regards his own life and that of his fellow creatures as meaningless is not merely unfortunate, but almost disqualified for life.

Lise Meitner, Atomic Physicist

Only a higher power than man can control the powers of atomic energy.

George Davis, Physicist

If a universe could create itself, it would embody the powers of a creator, and we should be forced to conclude that the universe itself is a God.

Sir Isaac Newton, Mathematician

I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilest the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.

Albert McC. Winchester, Biologist

A deeper and firmer belief in God can be the only result of a better insight into truth.

Johannes Kepler, Astronomer

I give myself over to my rapture. I tremble; my blood leaps. God has waited 6000 years for a looker-on to His work. His wisdom is infinite; that of which we are ignorant is contained in Him, as well as the little that we know.

For more on Dawkins, see Richard Dawkins – God Hater.

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About the Author

Wayne Jackson has written for and edited the Christian Courier since its inception in 1965. He has also written several books on a variety of biblical topics including The Bible and Science, Creation, Evolution, and the Age of the Earth, The Bible on Trial, and a number of commentaries. He lives in Stockton, California with his dear wife, and life-long partner, Betty.