Religious beliefs[ edit ] Einstein used many labels to describe his religious views, including " agnostic ",  " religious nonbeliever "  and a "pantheistic"  believer in " Spinoza's God ". I came—though the child of entirely irreligious Jewish parents—to a deep religiousness, which, however, reached an abrupt end at the age of twelve. Through the reading of popular scientific books I soon reached the conviction that much in the stories of the Bible could not be true. The consequence was a positively fanatic orgy of freethinking coupled with the impression that youth is intentionally being deceived by the state through lies; it was a crushing impression.
The world needs more public scientists like the brilliant British physicist. On a number of occasions, Hawking spoke almost religiously of the anthropic principle, the mind-boggling, infinitesimal level of fine-tuning necessary for the universe to exist at all.
Eric Metaxas explained the principle in a Wall Street Journal essay: Alter any one value and the universe could not exist. For instance, if the ratio between the nuclear strong force and the electromagnetic force had been off by the tiniest fraction of the tiniest fraction — by even one part in ,,, — then no stars could have ever formed at all.
In science, the fine-tuning of the parameters required for life has such an incredibly small probability to have arisen that the famous British cosmologist Stephen Hawking has described it as follows: Others, though drawn to agnosticism, have expressed their inescapable conviction that a supreme power created the laws of nature.
Albert Einstein famously wrote: In this way the pursuit of science leads to a religious feeling of a special sort. And no, contrary to an urban legend that made the rounds, Hawking was not converted to Christianity on his deathbed by the pope.
But whatever else may be said of his thoughts about God, he was too honest and fair-minded to deny that a deep commitment to science is not incompatible with a deep faith in a Creator who brought the universe, life, and mankind into existence.
So many of his fellow scientists, after all, embrace both. Newton, who was named to the Lucasian Chair in Mathematics at Cambridge University in — three centuries before Hawking was named to the same position — was arguably the most influential thinker in the history of science.
To call his innovations, discoveries, and calculations revolutionary would be a grievous understatement.
Newton discovered the composition of light, deduced the laws of motion, invented calculus, computed the speed of sound, and defined universal gravitation.
He laid the foundations of classical mechanics, built the first reflecting telescope, and extended every field of mathematics known in his day.
At the same time, as I wrote in this columnhe was a profoundly religious believer. For Darwin, too, religious feeling was no impediment to scientific rigor.
The notion that his theory of evolution exploded all basis for belief in a God who created life on Earth is not one Darwin himself gave credence to. For the eponymous father of Darwinian natural selection, evolution is the mechanism devised by God to produce the extraordinary diversity of the plant and animal kingdoms.
There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed by the Creator into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being evolved.
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Home. Social. The best argument for the existence of God will be a “big-picture” kind of argument. God Doesn’t Believe in Atheists The Bible teaches that atheists are not really atheists. The Bible teaches that atheists are not really atheists.
That is, those who profess to be atheists do ultimately believe in God in their heart-of-hearts. My truth is that the origins of existence are truly beyond human understanding and no one can claim to have informed knowledge on this subject, just uninformed opinion.
It is believed by many of the faithful that God offers free will to all believers and that includes free will to do evil. My idea about the existence of God is that it is the projection of theory of mind onto the world.
Put a little more rigorously, for any given individual, God as a concept exists to the extent that the individual imbues the world with anthropomorphic attributes through application of theory of mind.
Jefferson was deeply committed to core beliefs - for example, the existence of a benevolent and just God. Yet, as with any human, some of Jefferson’s beliefs shifted over time and were marked by uncertainty, and he accepted that some of his less central beliefs might be wrong; e.g. his belief that everything in the universe had a wholly.
Aug 29, · There has been a modest decline in the share of Americans who believe in God since the Religious Landscape Study was first conducted in (from 92% to 89%), and a bigger drop in the share of Americans who say they believe in God with absolute certainty (from 71% to 63%).