Herewith is his comment (corrected for grammar and punctuation):
These days a lot of scientists and other very smart people are atheists. I’m wondering: if our Founding Fathers had the same knowledge of how the universe works and science that we have today, would they still have been men of great faith? Who knows?
Herewith is my response:
These days a lot of scientists and other very smart people are atheists.
A lot of stupid people are atheists as well. Conversely, a lot of scientists and other smart people are firm believers in the existence of God. The roster of believers drawn from the ranks the of greatest scientific minds since the Renaissance staggers the mind because it includes the likes of Nicholas Copernicus, Sir Francis Bacon, Johannes Kepler, Galileo Galilei, Rene Descartes, Blaise Pascal, Isaac Newton, Robert Boyle, Michael Faraday, Gregor Mendel, William Thomson Kelvin, Louis Pasteur, Max Planck and, yes, even Albert Einstein.
In my humble opinion, a scientist who declares that he is an atheist does no justice to empirical science and, in fact, displays the very parochialism and closed-mindedness of 19th century scientists who rejected the Germ Theory proposed by Ignaz Semmelweis.
In its pure form, empirical science is a process for quantifying the tangible, material universe and the so-called “scientific method” evolved over time into a reliable metric – but one that has application only to the natural world. It is utterly incapable of measuring in any way, shape or form the supernatural. Simply stated, empirical science can neither confirm nor deny the existence of supernatural phenomena, including the existence of God.
The prudent scientist will therefore neither accept the existence of God nor reject it because empirical science simply isn’t designed for this kind of investigation. It follows that an honest person of science is not an atheist but, rather, an agnostic.
I’m wondering: if our Founding Fathers had the same knowledge of how the universe works and science that we have today, would they still have been men of great faith? Who knows?
I know. And the answer is: Yes, of course they would. Faith is a peculiar and utterly illogical human attribute that reflects our ability to transcend logical empiricism and accept the existence of God based on evidence that cannot be verified empirically. It came as easily to them as it is incomprehensible to the contemporary atheist.
Dr. Ben Franklin was a man of towering intellect who, in my humble opinion, was a true scientific genius. Nevertheless, he had no doubt that God existed – and were he to be teleported to this day and age, I suspect the revealed wonders of this universe – from sub-atomic particles to Hubble photos of distant galaxies – would only confirm his faith.
Scotto, you might want to consider pondering Pascal’s Wager. Here’s to hoping you place your wager to win – or at least break even.