Are there any Christian scientists out there?

I hear atheists and scientists mocking Christians saying they have a lower IQ, and that no intelligent scientist can have faith in God.

However, my research is showing that almost all of the greatest scientists with high IQ that revolutionized our world were men of faith.

Would you say Albert Einstein was a man low IQ and lacked intelligence? Based on today's standards he would be labelled that for saying the following:

"Science can only be created by those who are thoroughly imbued with the aspiration toward truth and understanding. This source of feeling, however, springs from the sphere of religion. To this there also belongs the faith in the possibility that the regulations valid for the world of existence are rational, that is, comprehensible to reason. I cannot conceive of a genuine scientist without that profound faith."

So how do you make sense of Einstein's faith and statement above with the massive anti-faith posture in modern science?

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  • 4 years ago
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    You shouldn't have mentioned Einstein, for he was a deist, and every anti-God person on here will attack your question for claiming that he was "a man of faith". So here is a sample answer to your actual question about scientists alive today, who have faith in God as creator of this universe and all life in it - only a few of the British ones I know of; a complete global list would run to hundreds of pages of names.

    Prof. Frank Russell Stannard, OBE - Physicist

    Michael Pole - Physicist

    Rev. Dr. John Polkinghorne, KBE - Physicist

    Rev. Prof. Alister McGrath - Biophysicist

    Dr. John C Lennox - Mathematician

    Dr. Francis S Collins - Gene pioneer

    Prof. Norman C Nevin, OBE - Medial geneticist

    Prof. John Bryant - Molecular biologist

    Dr. Denis Alexander - Immunologist

    Dr. Christopher Southgate - Biochemist

    Prof. Sir John Houghton, CBE - Physicist

    Prof. Sir Ghillean Prance - Botanist

    Prof. Bob White - Geophysicist

    Prof. Colin Humphreys, CBE - Materials scientist

    Rev. Dr. Rodney Holder - Astrophysicist

    The above all contributed a chapter each to the book below, they all believe God created the heavens and the earth and have no problems with current theories about them being billions of years old. Oh, and they are just a tiny few of the ones in Britain. We'd be here till the middle of next month if I tried to list theistic scientists from all over the world!

    Another British theoretical physicist to add to that list, Prof. Edgar Andrews, expert in large molecules, BSc, PhD, DSc, FinstP, FIMMM, CEng, CPhys. He wrote the second book detailed below.

    Also, Prof. Tom McLeish, Prof. of Physics, applications of physics to biology, wrote the third book below.

    Source(s): God, The Big Bang & Bunsen Burning Issues Ed. by Nigel Bovey (Authentic Media 2008) Who Made God? Searching for a theory of everything by Edgar Andrews (EP Books 2009) Faith & Wisdom in Science by Tom McLeish (Oxford University Press 2014)
  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    Einstein was talking about a general sense of awe of the universe, which any good scientist has.

    And there are scientists with religious inclinations (Francis Collins would be one). I assume they are able to keep their beliefs and their work separate. It's not as if science is the only field with a potential contradiction : you have teachers who probably don't actually like children but who are good at teaching them, doctors who smoke and are in terrible shape but who are good diagnosticians, etc.

    While I personally can't see how a person could reconcile being a hardcore scientist with being religious, it's their work that counts.

  • 4 years ago

    and that no intelligent scientist can have faith in God.

    - Only idiot fundies say that.

    However, my research is showing that almost all of the greatest scientists with high IQ that revolutionized our world were men of faith.

    - If you did any real research you would discover that most of those "religious" people HAD to be "religious" or they would have been burned at the stake. Try actual thinking some day.

    So how do you make sense of Einstein's faith

    - How about if you read everything he said, you brain dead twit. And "faith" has nothing to do with religion except where they have hijacked it.

  • Sean
    Lv 6
    4 years ago

    I am a Christian and a scientist, as is my wife and many other people we know; all of which vary in intelligence and wisdom. Just because someone becomes a Christian does not mean they have sacrificed their brain to God. I came as I was and just sought him. I took steps to avoid brainwashing and manipulation, but I honestly sought God. By doing so, I found him, as many others have done over the course of years.

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  • 4 years ago

    < my research is showing that almost all of the greatest scientists with high IQ that revolutionized our world were men of faith> Has your research shown you that pronounced atheists were at best discriminated against if not ostracized from their communities in the past? You can't get an honest assessment of anyone's true beliefs when there are penalties associated with certain ones of them. Do you really think there are no atheists in Saudi Arabia, or do you think the death penalty might dissuade people from letting their true beliefs be known? And Einstein, like many people, expressed various views about god and religion at different times in his life.



  • Nous
    Lv 7
    4 years ago

    Why do people like you LIE?!

    Why so ignorant about a man who was so incensed at the lies by BAD Chrsitians like you?!

    "I do not believe in a personal God and I have never denied this but have expressed it clearly. If something is in me which can be called religious then it is the unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it." – Einstein

    The word god is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honourable, but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish. No interpretation no matter how subtle can (for me) change this. – Einstein

    I cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes the objects of his creation, whose purposes are modeled after our own -- a God, in short, who is but a reflection of human frailty. Neither can I believe that the individual survives the death of his body, although feeble souls harbor such thoughts through fear or ridiculous egotisms. – Einstein

    Only 7 per cent of members of the American National Academy of Sciences believed in God. Whilst only 3.3 per cent believed in God in the UK’s Royal Society.

  • Sergio
    Lv 6
    4 years ago

    There used to be many respectable Christian scientists many many years ago that left their religion outside the lab. In modern times we have nothing but a bunch low IQ creationists. Einstein's quote is nothing, but his opinion -nothing more.

  • 4 years ago

    😉 Bonjour, Hello

    As an atheist, I say that ' faith ' or not faith, has nothing to do with intelligence.

    A. Einstein has just been conditioned for believe in one god, by his parents / family.

    Then we know that when the children are conditioned very early to believe something,, it's very difficult to make them understand the reality. This even when they have all the proofs given by science.

    It happens the same with the story about Santa. You can be sure that if never parents reveal the kids the reality, they still would believe in it once they are adult.


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  • 4 years ago

    The scientists they are mocking are 'creation scientists'. These are people who know nothing about science but want to tell biologists and geologists they are wrong. They're idiots.

  • 4 years ago

    Okay, so some site has posted that quote as an example right? Did you bother to check it? If you had you would have found that in solitude it's out of context! Here is the full quote in context:

    “It would not be difficult to come to an agreement as to what we understand by science. Science is the century-old endeavor to bring together by means of systematic thought the perceptible phenomena of this world into as thoroughgoing an association as possible. To put it boldly, it is the attempt at the posterior reconstruction of existence by the process of conceptualization. . .

    . . . Accordingly, a religious person is devout in the sense that he has no doubt of the significance and loftiness of those superpersonal objects and goals which neither require nor are capable of rational foundation. They exist with the same necessity and matter-of-factness as he himself. In this sense religion is the age-old endeavor of mankind to become clearly and completely conscious of these values and goals and constantly to strengthen and extend their effect. If one conceives of religion and science according to these definitions then a conflict between them appears impossible. For science can only ascertain what is, but not what should be, and outside of its domain value judgments of all kinds remain necessary. Religion, on the other hand, deals only with evaluations of human thought and action: it cannot justifiably speak of facts and relationships between facts. According to this interpretation the well-known conflicts between religion and science in the past must all be ascribed to a misapprehension of the situation which has been described.

    For example, a conflict arises when a religious community insists on the absolute truthfulness of all statements recorded in the Bible. This means an intervention on the part of religion into the sphere of science; this is where the struggle of the Church against the doctrines of Galileo and Darwin belongs. On the other hand, representatives of science have often made an attempt to arrive at fundamental judgments with respect to values and ends on the basis of scientific method, and in this way have set themselves in opposition to religion. These conflicts have all sprung from fatal errors.”

    From Einsteins Essay: Science and Religion (1954)

    Rather inconveniently for your question, adding the context changes the meaning of the quote!

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