Archive for December 4th, 2009

How Scientists Define God

December 4, 2009

Like geneticist Dr. Francis S. Collins, whom I interviewed for my book, Sixty Seconds: One Moment Changes Everything, many scientists arrive at the intersection of science and religion and invariably find themselves in the presence of God. Collins’ book, the New York Times bestseller, The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief, explores this phenomenon in detail.

Here are two more takes on the subject, from the Father of Relativity and a widely published Purdue University physicist.

My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble minds. That deeply emotional conviction of the presence of a superior reasoning power, which is revealed in the incomprehensible universe, forms my idea of God.
Albert Einstein
Quoted in Einstein’s April 19, 1955 obituary in the New York Times

If I get the impression that Nature itself makes the decisive choice what possibility to realize, where quantum theory says that more than one outcome is possible, than I am ascribing personality to Nature, (more…)