IS IT IRRATIONAL TO BELIEVE IN A SUPREME BEING?
AND TWO OTHER QUESTIONS
Michael T. Griffith
@All Rights Reserved
Is It Irrational to Believe in God?
A 1997 poll
conducted by Professor Edward Larson of the
Professor Charles H. Townes, Nobel Prize winner in physics: "In my view, the question of origins seems always left unanswered if we explore from a scientific view alone. Thus, I believe there is a need for some religious or metaphysical explanation if we are to have one."
Professor Werner Arber, winner of the Nobel Prize for physiology and medicine: "How such already quite complex structures [molecular organisms] may have come together, remains a mystery to me. The possibility of the existence of a Creator , of God, represents to me a satisfactory solution to this problem."
Professor Christian B. Anfinsen, Ph.D. in biochemistry from Harvard and a Nobel Prize winner in chemistry: "I think only an idiot can be an atheist."
Margenau, Emeritus Eugene Higgins Professor of Physics and Natural Philosophy,
Professor Ulrich Becker, Professor of Physics, MIT: "How can I exist without a creator? I am not aware of any compelling answer ever given."
Naumann, Professor of Chemistry and Physics,
Schawlow, Professor of Physics,
Smith, Ph.D. in mathematics from
Thirring, Director of the Institute for Theoretical Physics and a professor at
Professor Thomas C.
Emmel, Ph.D. in Population Biology from
Professor P. C. C.
Graham, Emeritus Professor of Protozoology at the
Can Science Explain the Origin of Matter and of Life?
Wigner, Nobel Prize winner in physics and Emeritus Professor of Physics at
Robbins, M.D. in Pediatrics from
Professor Jeffrey Steinfield, Professor of Chemistry at MIT: "I have become convinced that at some level physical reality must be more complex than our conscious minds are able to comprehend."
Professor John E.
Fornaess, Professor of Mathematics at
R. T. Brinkmann, California Institute of Technology: "[the high probability that the early earth's atmosphere contained oxygen would] preclude biological evolution as presently understood."
Institute for Biochemistry,
Dr. R. Merle
d'Aubigne, Chairman of the Orthopedic Department at the
Does Evolution Posit or Require "Miracles"?
Sir Francis Crick, Nobel Prize winner and avowed atheist: "An honest man, armed with all the knowledge available to us now, could only state that in some sense, the origin of life appears at the moment to be almost a miracle, so many are the conditions which would have had to have been satisfied to get it going."
Loren Eiseley, anthropologist: "After chiding the theologian for his reliance on myth and miracle, science found itself in the unenviable position of having to create a mythology of its own: namely, the assumption that what, after long effort, could not be proved to take place today had, in truth, taken place in the primeval past."
Dr. A. E. Wilder-Smith, three doctorates in the field of science: "Present-day biology has also discovered a magic wand which solves all biological and chemical problems with one wave of the wand. Does the origin of the most complicated machinery of a protein molecule need explanation? Do we need to explain how optical isomers are formed? Do we wish to know why the wings of certain butterflies are decorated with eagle's eyes? The magic wand called chance and natural selection will without exception explain all these miracles. It explains the origin of the most complicated biological machine--the enzymatic protein molecule. The explanation is fabulous--machines are formed of their own accord, spontaneously, just as the waving of a magic wand would demand. The same wand explains the billions of telenomical electrical contacts in the brain. It explains the most infinitely complicated wiring of the computer called the brain."
Pierre-P. Grasse, an evolutionary scientist and author of the book EVOLUTION OF LIVING ORGANISMS: "We repeatedly hear that chance is all powerful. Statements are insufficient. Evidence must be produced. . . . Directed by all-powerful selection, chance becomes a sort of providence, which, under the cover of atheism, is not named but which is secretly worshipped."
Dr. Robert E.
Clark, Ph.D. in organic chemistry from
Randy Wysong, D.V.M. and an instructor in human anatomy and physiology: "Evolution requires plenty of faith: a faith in L-proteins [left-handed molecules] that defy chance formation; a faith in the formation of DNA codes which if generated spontaneously would spell only pandemonium; a faith in a primitive environment that in reality would fiendishly devour any chemical precursors to life; a faith in experiments [i.e., origin of life experiments] that prove nothing but the need for intelligence in the beginning; a faith in a primitive ocean that would not thicken but would only hopelessly dilute chemicals; a faith in natural laws including the laws of thermodynamics and biogenesis that actually deny the possibility for the spontaneous generation of life; a faith in future scientific revelations that when realized always seem to present more dilemmas to the evolutionists; faith in probabilities that tenuously tell two stories--one denying evolution, the other confirming the creator; faith in transformations that remain fixed; faith in mutations and natural selection that add to a double negative for evolution; faith in fossils that embarrassingly show fixity through time, regular absence of transitional forms and striking testimony to a world-wide water deluge; a faith in time which proves only to promote degradation in the absence of mind; and faith in reductionism that ends up reducing the materialist arguments to zero and enforcing the need to invoke the supernatural creator."
Ankerberg, John and
E., DEFEATING DARWINISM: BY OPENING MINDS,
Moreland, J. P.,
editor, THE CREATION HYPOTHESIS,
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:† Michael
T. Griffith holds a Masterís degree in Theology from The Catholic Distance
University, a Graduate Certificate in Ancient and Classical History from
American Military University, a Bachelorís degree in Liberal Arts from
Excelsior College, and two Associate in Applied Science degrees from the
Community College of the Air Force.† He
also holds an Advanced Certificate of Civil War Studies and a Certificate of
Civil War Studies from