GOD and science: why is GOD not often mentioned in modern-day scientific discussions?
If anybody observes most of the modern-day scientific literature that has been published throughout history, they would likely come to a sensible and obvious conclusion that science and many scientists—who like citing peoples’ works—have not been leaving much room for discussions about GOD works in their literature or publications.
Most people will perfectly understand that science—as a man-made endeavor—relies only on the five senses to arrive at certain beliefs and conclusions about nature.
On the other hand, GOD—Who will remain eternally invisible—can not be perceived or studied by the five physical senses; rather, He can be perceived by man’s spirit and spiritual senses if man has sufficient faith.
Many scientists—especially physicists—do not even believe in the existence of GOD; they don’t believe that GOD controls natural phenomena and things that they study on Earth and in outer space.
To be honest, it’s not always easy to find a scientist, scientific paper or publication, that discusses GOD. Scientists could believe and idolize GOD, but they hardly relate Him with the beliefs and scientific works they publish in their writings.
Until a few decades ago, many religions opposed a lot of scientific theories which have made nature (GOD’s creation) more understandable to mankind than religion has
About half a century ago, almost around the time of Galileo Galilei, some world Christian leaders vehemently opposed scientific theories and called many scientific practices “witchcraft”.
A few scientists and their beliefs about GOD
Aristotle is probably the first natural philosopher or ancient scientist in recorded history to speak and write about GOD. One could wonder what inspired him to do both!
Aristotle called GOD the “unmoved mover” who created the celestial (spiritual) and terrestrial (physical) worlds which He placed side by side, and in harmony with each other.
Aristotle spoke and wrote about the one Supreme GOD, but didn’t criticize or deny the existence of numerous other gods which the Greeks and other nations popularly believed in, and worshipped.
Sir Isaac Newton—a great scientist whose views should always be taken seriously—believed that GOD is the One responsible for ordering motion and gravity, and coordinating the movement of planets.
Albert Einstein believed so much in GOD, His existence and power to such an extent that he attempted to study and analyze GOD’s thinking.
Sir Isaac Newton perceived and believed that it wouldn’t be possible for the level of perfection behind natural phenomena to exist without guidance and control from a supreme being who created such perfection and harmony.
Sir Isaac Newton believed that GOD placed each universe where they are, and they will remain there forever. He also believed that GOD has been preventing planets from destruction due to the sun’s rays which are very powerful.
Some past studies reported that during the classical period, a few leading physicists studied the circumstances surrounding some declarations related to the existence of a supreme GOD and His involvement in the universe!
According to Laplace’s scientific determinism (the knowledge that natural phenomena obey definite scientific laws), all phenomena in the universe obey laws, and there is always a reason or cause for everything that happens.
However, Laplace did not mention GOD in his scientific works. When asked by French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte why he didn’t mention GOD in his works, Laplace replied by saying he didn’t feel the need to do so.
Hawking—who once let the world know he is an atheist—said that no GOD or supreme being rules the universe, and there is nothing supernatural about the universe.
It seems that although most scientists don’t discuss GOD in their works, some of them secretly saw the need for a GOD Who rules creation—this might still be the case in the present- or modern-day.
It is likely that even though many scientists had secret beliefs about GOD, they didn’t write about the connection between Him and their popularly accepted theories which explain natural phenomena—creations of GOD.
It is quite clear that GOD and the supernatural are difficult to explain because they are invisible or spiritual, and many people do not have the spiritual abilities to perceive, understand or explain how GOD and the supernatural work or make things happen.
And although many scientists don’t believe or discuss GOD in their works, GOD created nature and thus has a role in the behavior of natural phenomena studied by science and scientists.