God Is Real Say Many Scientists

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Is God Real?

Some of the finest scientists and thinkers believe God is real. Others accept the possibility. A few are die-hard against the belief.

Let’s take a look at what scientists have to say. On this website, we will also see what non-scientists think about this profoundly important question: is there a God? Do they believe God is real?

What’s your definition of a real God?

A lot depends on your definition of God. Do you believe God is a kind and compassionate, super incomprehensible, infinite being of light and love and the source of the whole universe? Then most people including scientists wouldn’t have a problem.

If, however, like some people did in the old days, do you still believe God is a narrow and  partial? That he or she or it is an unthoughtful, angry, and warring being? Someone who hates anyone who doesn’t subscribe to a certain viewpoint? If so, many will say that that God doesn’t exist.

In this sense, many people call themselves spiritual, but not religious. This is because religion has gotten a bad rap due to terrorism and other unfortunate atrocities. Religious people are also openminded towards other beliefs. But to distinguish themselves from the human history of religion which has sometimes been ugly, some people they  prefer to call themselves spiritual. They continue to believe in Yahveh, Jesus, Buddha, Allah, Krishna, Swaminarayan, and others.

Scientists in General Believe God is Real

Do scientists believe there is a God? Across centuries right till the present day, many scientists have answered yes to the question Is God Real? Many have also gone on record in the high-ranking science journal Nature stating their belief in a noble, personal God. [1]

A “personal God” means a God who listens to our prayers and cares for us. In contrast, an impersonal God would create the universe but not have any feelings towards us. In the landmark Nature journal survey, American scientists were asked if they believed in a God to whom they could pray. 39.3 percent replied yes. 

Researchers who conducted the study observed that if they had used a broader definition of God, this would have revealed an even higher percentage of believers. [2]

For instance, a broader definition may have included belief in a God that created the universe and its laws, but left it to unfold automatically without ever intervening or answering prayers. A type of impersonal God, but God none the less.

When such a large percentage of scientists affirm on record some form of spiritual belief, it’s a sign that scientific discoveries such as the Big Bang, evolution, or any other discovery – do not disprove God’s existence. 

In fact, there are many scientific or rational reasons to believe God is real. Some discoveries, such as my own, are very new.

They demonstrate there are numerous new emerging agreements and  parallels  – what I call “convergences” – between ancient spiritual beliefs about our world and  modern discoveries. These connections indicate spirituality and science are merely different pathways to similar discoveries and truths.

Albert Einstein Believed God is Real

One of the world’s most brilliant scientists was the German-American physicist Albert Einstein. He believed God is real. Einstein has become a household name around the world. It’s because of his brilliant mind. He was the scientist who discovered the Theory of Relativity. His findings overturned centuries of western science and beliefs about the nature of space and time. He was considered a genius.

Even though he believed God is real, he was spiritual. He didn’t hold a traditional belief in a God that judges and condemns people who don’t follow any particular faith. He didn’t believe even in a personal, humanlike God. 

Yet he believed some sort of God or divinity did exist. He called it  a ‘superior intelligence.’ God is a conscience, all-knowing, and noble being.

Not only that, but Einstein was openly against simplistic atheism. This is the militant type that rejects the belief that a narrow, angry God is real, but ignores more rational and spiritual beliefs about God. 

Following are some of Einstein’s comments about atheism and God. They were published by Princeton University Press. Einstein used to teach at Princeton. 

Said Einstein:

“Mere unbelief in a personal God is no philosophy at all.” [3]

“Then there are the fanatical atheists who’s intolerance is the same as that of the religious fanatics, and it springs from the same source….They are creatures who can’t hear the music of the spheres.” [4]

“In view of such harmony in the cosmos which I, with my limited human mind, am able to recognize, there are yet people who say there is no God. But what makes me really angry is that they quote me for support of such views.” [5]

“My comprehension of God comes from the deeply felt conviction of a superior intelligence that reveals itself in the noble world.” [6]

Militant atheists go out of their minds when they hear these quotes from one of the finest intellectual minds that ever existed. To be fair, the majority of other atheists are respectful and well-meaning people.

Is God Real? Yes, says Einstein.

Physicist Stephen Hawking Said God May Be Real

One of the most eminent and prominent scientists of recent times was the British physicist Stephen Hawking. You might remember him. He was the Oxford physicist who had an unfortunate paralyzing condition. He moved  around in a hi-tech wheelchair. He spoke through a computer that simulated a human voice. Hawking was an expert on the Big Bang theory. It proves beyond doubt that our universe had a creation “moment,” a beginning about 13.7 billion years ago.

This is important because scientists didn’t like this belief initially. They thought that matter cannot be created from nothing. Therefore it must have always existed. The universe had no creator.

Then they discovered the Big Bang. In fact, a priest discovered it.  He was a talented mathematician who had studied at MIT. From Belgium, his name was Georges Lemaitre. 

Because of its spiritual implications of a creator, scientists resisted the discovery for many years. Even Edwin Hubble rejected it. Today, the Big bang is well-known and accepted by science.

Many amongst the spiritual point to the Big Bang as a proof that God is real. They say that the appearance of our universe 13.7 billion years ago is proof of a ‘creation event.’ This implies, since the universe was created, it must have a creator.

However, the atheist  Hawking argued that the Big Bang is not necessarily a proof of God the creator. He reiterated this argument to a packed auditorium at the California Institute of Technology last year. He used intricate arguments based on quantum theory and general relativity. 

Essentially splitting hairs in a bid to cast any doubt he could on the belief that God is real, Hawking’s argument was basically this: there was no sharp moment of creation at the Big Bang. Time was blurry in the beginning. This means that the existence of the universe had no clear beginning. If it didn’t have a clear beginning, it didn’t have a clear creation moment and this undermines – in his view – the notion that it was created. 

Atheists jump on this hair split as proof that God is not real. The spiritual see it as desperate  hairsplitting.  

Yet, to his credit, Hawking still openly conceded that “God may exist.” 

He stated this on US national television during an interview with Larry King on Larry King Live in the USA.

King asked, “Do you believe in God?” 

Hawking: “God may exist but science can explain the universe without the need for a creator.” [7]

You can see that Hawking does not use his conclusions about the blurry beginning of the Big Bang as proof that there is no God. He is intellectually careful and honest. 

Hawking’s point is simply that the Big Bang cannot be used as a definitive proof of a creation moment, and by extension, a creator. More evidence is needed to do that and it might appear from some other topic. Indeed, my own new discoveries provide some of the additional evidence needed.

Is God Real? Maybe, says Hawking. 

Physicist Richard Feynman Says Laws of Physics Are a “Miracle”

The late Richard Feynman used to be one of America’s leading quantum physicists. He was a Nobel Prize winner and had become a household name in the United States. He had made brilliant scientific contributions to quantum theory. Today, quantum theory is so important it is considered the ‘Crown Jewel’ of physics.

Now consider this. Atheists try to replace God with mathematical laws of nature. If a spiritual person says “God created the universe” the atheist says “No. The laws of nature created it.”  

Then the spiritual person says, “Who created the laws of nature?” The atheist replies, “But who created God?” The spiritual person says, “God is eternal and wasn’t created.” The atheist replies, “The laws of nature are eternal and not created.” And so the discussion goes round and round forever. Or does it stop somewhere? 

There is a humongous problem with the laws of nature that are spoken of so casually today.

If you’re so clever, why aren’t you on CNN? said detractors to me

Feynman is one of the few scientists to talk about it. I used to speak about it a lot as a monk. But I was rejected. “If what you say is true, why isn’t any one else pointing it out? Why aren’t you on CNN?”

Eventually, I discovered the following quotes from Richard Feynman. I showed them to those who attacked me. They fell silent, dumbstruck.

My argument was this: atheists try to replace God with these mathematical laws of nature. These laws would have to  exist within the material universe of spacetime because atheists don’t believe in anything that exists outside of space and matter. 

Problem: if matter is all that exists, atheists now have to prove that the laws themselves are material entities. A law can’t just be a rule. To affect the material universe, the law itself must be material. It must be detectable. The trouble is, scientists can’t find these laws or rules written or embedded anywhere.

The “laws of nature” are as invisible and undetectable as God!

Said Feynman: “In the case of physics we have double trouble. We come upon these mathematical interrelationships but they apply to the universe, so the problem of where they are is doubly confusing… . In the case of physics, because the laws are applied to the physical world and work, it gets harder to say where they are. … Those are philosophical questions that I don’t know how to answer.” [8]

No other scientist has been able to answer it either.

Another time Feynman said, “Why nature is mathematical is a mystery … The fact that there are rules at all is a kind of miracle.”

Are the laws of nature, actually laws of God? 

Are they spiritual in nature and therefore invisible, the affect of an incomprehensibly intelligent God? Are God’s Laws Real? Science cannot disprove it, says Feynman.

Atheist Leonard Mlodinow Says Science Cannot Conclude God Is Not Real

An openly atheist scientist, the US physicist Leonard Mlodinow says the following about this important question Is God Real?

“While science often casts doubt on spiritual beliefs and doctrines insofar as they make representations about the physical world, science does not – and cannot – conclude that God is an illusion.” [9]

One reason for this is as follows. 

If an indescribable, incomprehensible God exists beyond space and time, it means God is not physical. And if God transcends our material universe, there’s no way our mathematical theorems or physical equipment will ever detect God.

Is God Real? Science cannot disprove it, says Mlodinow. 

Militant Atheist Richard Dawkins Says God Could Be Something “Incomprehensible”

A ‘militant’ and vociferous atheist from Oxford University Richard Dawkins also concedes God may be real.

He admitted this in a high profile TIME Magazine “Science vs. God” debate with Francis Collins. Collins is a theist, geneticist, and leader of the Human Genome Project. 

TIME Magazine: “Could the answer be God?”

DAWKINS: “There could be something incredibly grand and incomprehensible and beyond our present understanding.” [10]

This is a monumental admission from an atheist who has written volumes attacking organized religions and the belief that God is real. His attack is not sweeping and absolute. It’s surgical.

By his admission, he makes it clear that the God whose existence he opposes. It is simply the barbaric and vengeful God. By his own admission, the God he opposes is not the mainstream compassionate and intelligent God that most people believe is real.

He opposes the narrow beliefs to which only a minority of people subscribe anyway. Even the majority of theists – spiritual folk themselves – do not believe in a barbaric vengeful God. In fact, it is likely that the majority of them would join Dawkins in his disbelief in a barbaric God.

The God whose possible existence Dawkins speaks of is not a human-like, merciless one. This God is ineffable, indescribable, incomprehensible. This is the belief of the majority of people. No intelligent person  can deny that such a God might exist.

Is God Real? Could be, says Dawkins.

Physicist Andrei Linde Believes Hindu Beliefs Align With Science

Another important scientist of the Big Bang is Stanford physicist Andrei Linde. Linde was recipient of the Fundamental Physics Prize in 2012. He made brilliant work developing the Big Bang theory. 

In a 1997 he gave an interview in Berkeley, CA. He said he noticed remarkable similarities between scientific theories and ancient Yoga beliefs about our world.

“When I was studying Indian philosophy,” said Linde, “I was extremely excited that what they say sometimes is painfully close to what I think. With many parts of Indian philosophical thought, you never know whether it is in an allegorical way of expressing things, or whether it is literally what people thought at that time.” [11]

That was the state of research in 1997.

Today in 2020, more than two decades later, numerous new discoveries have emerged.

 They have been published in peer-reviewed journals and vetted by other leading cosmologists. They indicate that there are far too many similarities between some ancient beliefs and modern discoveries  to be a coincidence.

These new findings are remarkable evidence that spiritual insight and knowledge could be as real as scientific knowledge.

It seems Mlodinow is somewhat ignorant concerning ancient yoga’s “representations about the physical world.”

New discoveries also indicate that the beliefs of ancient yoga may be connected with the pre-biblical Israelites. Many of their ancient beliefs before organized religion took over, were strikingly similar and too numerous and vivid to be a coincidence.

The findings on ancient yoga beliefs about our world and universe have been vetted by a leading cosmologist and science writer of the UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE, Professor Pankaj S Joshi. 

These discoveries are a game-changer in the science vs. spirituality discussion. 

Science is actually confirming ancient Hindu or Yoga beliefs about our world and universe. 

Yet extremists on both sides – religious and scientific – are trying to ignore them. 

Why? Apparently, perhaps because they are too deeply invested in their extreme atheistic or religious views. Why so invested? Possibly because these new universal discoveries render their narrow beliefs redundant and irrelevant.

Read these new discoveries in my book God Is Real – The Stunning New Convergence of Science and Spirituality 

God Is Real, Proof of God, Science and Religion, Sanjay C Patel, fomer monk

References

1. Scientists Are Still Keeping the Faith, Edward J. Larson and Larry Witham, Nature, 386, 03 April 1997, pp. 435-436; doi:10.1038/386435a0

2. God Of The Quantum Vacuum, New Scientist, volume 156, issue 2102, 4 Oct 1997, p. 28.

3. The Expanded Quotable Einstein, collected and edited by Alice Calaprice, Princeton University Press, 2000, p. 216 

4. Ibid., p. 214

5. Ibid.

6. Ibid., p. 203

7. Stephen Hawking, on Larry King Live, CNN, 9-10-2010, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9AdKEHzmqxA. Retrieved 27 November 2011

8. Superstrings: A Theory of Everything? by P. C. W. Davies, Julian Russell Brown, p. 208

9. War of the Worldviews – science vs spirituality, by Leonard Mlodinow and Deepak Chopra, p. 256

10. God vs. Science, by Dan Cray/Los Angeles, “ Time Magazine, Sunday, Nov. 05, 2006.

11. Andrei Linde quoted in “Science and the Spiritual Quest: New Essays by Leading Scientists,” by Philip Clayton, p. 186