BRAZIL - ‘Science Does Not Kill God’

Arno Froese

The annual Templeton Prize, which recognizes outstanding contributions to “affirming life’s spiritual dimension,” was awarded to Brazilian Marcelo Gleiser—a theoretical physicist dedicated to demonstrating science and religion are not enemies.

A physics and astronomy professor whose specializations include cosmology, 60-year-old Gleiser was born in Rio de Janeiro, and has been in the United States since 1986.

An agnostic, he doesn’t believe in God—but refuses to write off the possibility of God’s existence completely.

“Atheism is inconsistent with the scientific method,” Gleiser told AFP from Dartmouth College, the New Hampshire university where he has taught since 1991.

“Atheism is a belief in non-belief. So you categorically deny something you have no evidence against.”

“The first thing you see in the Bible is a story of creation,” he said. Whatever your religion, “everybody wants to know how the world came to be.”

This fundamental curiosity unites science and religion, though each provides very different answers: science has a methodology, where hypotheses are eliminated.

“Science can give answers to certain questions, up to a point,” Gleiser pointed out.

“This has been known for a very long time in philosophy, it’s called the problem of the first cause: we get stuck,” the physicist, a father of five, said.

“We should have the humility to accept that there’s mystery around us.”

For Gleiser, who grew up in Rio’s Jewish community, religion is not just about believing in God: it provides a sense of identity and community

“At least half of the world population is that way,” he said.

“It’s extremely arrogant from scientists to come down from the ivory towers and make these declarations without understanding the social importance of belief systems.”

“When you hear very famous scientists making pronouncements like ... cosmology has explained the origin of the universe and the whole, and we don’t need God anymore. That’s complete nonsense,” he added.

“Because we have not explained the origin of the universe at all.”, 19 March 2019

Arno's commentary

What a profound statement: “Atheism is a belief in non-belief.” That means the atheist needs to continue believing that he does not believe.

In the meantime, there are many volumes of books written by Christian scientists, clearly explaining that the existence of the world can only come about by an intelligent Creator. Evolution in most cases is based on coincidences without further scientific proof. Most attempt to defend their stand by throwing the time issue into their argument.

Belief is definitely a key to understand what is written in the first verse of the Bible: “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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