How Scientists Define God

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, that is to something that is always everywhere. Omnipresent eternal personality which is omnipotent in taking the decisions that are left undetermined by physical law is exactly what in the language of religion is called God.
F. J. Belinfante

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2 Responses to “How Scientists Define God”

  1. ArrVee Says:

    assuming that they define “religion” as things pertaining to God, then the intersection of religion and science is science itself, since everything is under His control.

    science covers just that part of our world that we can reason out using our very limited capacity for understanding. But even using our limited tools like mathematics for instance, one cannot help marvel at the harmony that exists in the world that we can model and observe using it.
    – nature abounds for example, with what we call the “Fibonacci sequence” and “golden ratios” which manifest as optimal designs in living organisms, but those existed way before Fibonacci.
    – there is even a method to the madness of what we see as chaos, in the form of fractal mathematics, but this is just a hint of a greater order that exists behind that chaos
    – then there are also some concepts that can be directly modelled by mathematics, but escape our imagination: imaginary numbers and infinity come to mind

    the best of the best scientists can conjure up their best explanations of God, but these will be nothing compared to that obtained from a child.

  2. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Love it, ArrVee, especially “the intersection of religion and science is science itself.” Completely agree. Yogananda always emphasized that his techniques for God-realization were scientific. He wrote at length about the partnership of religion and science. His master, Swami Sri Yukteswar, wrote an entire book about it called “The Holy Science.”

    Thanks for another great contribution to my blog!

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