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Does science disprove God? Here's what some of the most prominent scientists in history have to say.


In the post-modern era where Atheism is becoming the trend, people say science disproves the existence of a God; however, what was said by those very scientists we look up to cannot be forgotten.


Isaac Newton

“Although the laws of motion and universal gravitation became Newton's best-known discoveries, he warned against using them to view the Universe as a mere machine, as if akin to a great clock. He said, "Gravity explains the motions of the planets, but it cannot explain who set the planets in motion. God governs all things and knows all that is or can be done."

(Tiner, J.H. (1975). Isaac Newton: Inventor, Scientist and Teacher. Milford, Michigan, U.S.: Mott Media. ISBN 0-915134-95-0.)


Johannes Kepler

“Kepler also incorporated religious arguments and reasoning into his work, motivated by the religious conviction and belief that God had created the world according to an intelligible plan that is accessible through the natural light of reason.”

(Barker and Goldstein. "Theological Foundations of Kepler's Astronomy", pp. 112–13.)


Charles Darwin

“Though he thought of religion as a tribal survival strategy, Darwin was reluctant to give up the idea of God as an ultimate lawgiver. He was increasingly troubled by the problem of evil...

In 1879 he wrote that "I have never been an atheist in the sense of denying the existence of a God. – I think that generally ... an agnostic would be the most correct description of my state of mind".

(Von Sydow 2005, pp. 4–5, 12–14) (Letter 12041 – Darwin, C. R. to Fordyce, John, 7 May 1879)


Blaise Pascal

"The Christian religion alone is adapted to all, being composed of externals and internals. It raises the common people to the internal, and humbles the proud to the external; it is not perfect without the two, for the people must understand the spirit of the letter."

(Pascal, Blaise. Pascal's Pensées (p. 63)).

On 23 November 1654, between 10:30 and 12:30 at night, Pascal had an intense religious vision and immediately recorded the experience in a brief note to himself which began: "Fire. God of Abraham, God of Isaac, God of Jacob, not of the philosophers and the scholars..." and concluded by quoting Psalm 119:16: "I will not forget thy word. Amen."

(Pascal, Blaise. Oeuvres complètes. (Paris: Seuil, 1960), p. 618)


Benjamin Franklin

“... Sunday being my studying day, I never was without some religious principles. I never doubted, for instance, the existence of the Deity; that He made the world, and governed it by His providence; that the most acceptable service of God was the doing good to man; that our souls are immortal; and that all crime will be punished, and virtue rewarded, either here or hereafter.”

(Franklin Benjamin "Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography". Section 2 reprinted on UShistory.org.)


Michael Faraday

“In June 1832, the University of Oxford granted Faraday a Doctor of Civil Law degree (honorary). During his lifetime, he was offered a knighthood in recognition for his services to science, which he turned down on religious grounds, believing it was against the word of the Bible to accumulate riches and pursue worldly reward, stating he preferred to remain "plain Mr. Faraday to the end.”

(West, Krista (2013). The Basics of Metals and Metalloids. Rosen Publishing Group. ISBN 1-4777-2722-1. p. 81.)


Gregor Mendel

“Mendel entered the Augustinian St Thomas's Abbey and began his training as a priest. Born Johann Mendel, he took the name Gregor upon entering religious life.”

(Hasan, Heather (2004). Mendel and The Laws Of Genetics. The Rosen Publishing Group.Pg. 47-62 ISBN 9781404203099.)


Max Planck

“Max Planck said in 1944, "As a man who has devoted his whole life to the most clear headed science, to the study of matter, I can tell you as a result of my research about atoms this much: There is no matter as such. All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force which brings the particle of an atom to vibration and holds this most minute solar system of the atom together. We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent mind. This mind is the matrix of all matter."

(Das Wesen der Materie [The Nature of Matter], speech at Florence, Italy (1944) (from Archivzur Geschichte der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Abt. Va, Rep. 11 Planck, Nr. 1797))



Final Thoughts

Yes, we must recognize that science is good and has helped the progression of humanity tremendously. But because of everything science has done to advance modern civilization, science has in fact become our idol in the 21st century. We have simply replaced the worship of the sun, moon, animals, and statues with science.

We must never forget that we, along with the rest of the universe, are all a part of God's creation and under his sovereignty no matter what era of history we are living in.


Romans 1:20-23: “For since the creation of the world His [God’s] invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they [human beings] knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.”


1 Corinthians 1:18-21: “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written:

“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,

And bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.”

Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.”

Amen

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