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The Big Question: Can Science Prove the Existence of God?

Many people think that science and religion are incompatible. God and his many wonders dwell in the realm of mystery and endless possibility. Science, meanwhile, is all about numbers and facts, and finding definite answers. There are many things that science can prove, but can it prove the existence of God? It’s a question that writers, thinkers and scientists themselves have weighed in on…

Many people think that science and religion are incompatible. God and his many wonders dwell in the realm of mystery and endless possibility. Science, meanwhile, is all about numbers and facts, and finding definite answers. There are many things that science can prove, but can it prove the existence of God? It’s a question that writers, thinkers and scientists themselves have weighed in on…

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Jon Morrison, author of Clear Minds & Dirty Feet: A Reason to Hope, a Message to Share

“…God cannot be put in a test tube and either verified or falsified. God is a spiritual being and is outside the reach of empirical scientific research.”


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Cosmologist Ed Harrison

“Here is the cosmological proof of the existence of God. The fine-tuning of the universe provides prima facie evidence of deistic design. Take your choice: blind chance that requires multitudes of universes or design that requires only one.”

Fibonacci's sequence in a sunflower.

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Vera Kistiakowsky, professor of physics at MIT

“The exquisite order displayed by our scientific understanding of the physical world calls for the divine.”


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Physicist Isidor Isaac Rabi

“[Physics] filled me with awe, put me in touch with a sense of original causes. Physics brought me closer to God. That feeling stayed with me throughout my years in science. Whenever one of my students came to me with a scientific project, I asked one question, ‘Will it bring you closer to God?’”


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Charles Townes, 1964 Nobel Physics Laureate

“Science wants to know the mechanism of the universe, religion the meaning. The two cannot be separated. Many scientists feel there is no place in research for discussion of anything that sounds mystical. But it is unreasonable to think we already know enough about the natural world to be confident about the totality of forces.”


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Johannes Kepler, astronomer

 “I had the intention of becoming a theologian…but now I see how God is, by my endeavors, also glorified in astronomy, for ‘the heavens declare the glory of God.’”


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George Greenstein, author of The Symbiotic Universe

“As we survey all the evidence, the thought insistently arises that some supernatural agency–or rather, Agency—must be involved. Is it possible that suddenly, without intending to, we have stumbled upon scientific proof of the existence of a Supreme Being? Was it God who stepped in and so providentially crafted the cosmos for our benefit?”

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Physicist Marcelo Gleiser

“To me, science is one way of connecting with the mystery of existence. And if you think of it that way, the mystery of existence is something that we have wondered about ever since people began asking questions about who we are and where we come from. So while those questions are now part of scientific research, they are much, much older than science.”


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Francis Collins, former director of the National Human Genome Research Institute

“Science’s tools will never prove or disprove God’s existence.”

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