Editor's Note: One of the things that has come out of the battle between extremists in the evolution/creation controversy has been a flow of literature from atheists claiming that good scientists and intelligent, educated people do not believe in God. This is simply not true. Tihomir Dimitrov has compiled an e-book on http://nobelists.net of quotations of Nobel Prize winning scientists. In each issue of this journal we hope to quote statements from some of these.
"To me it is unthinkable that a real atheist could be a scientist."
"I have never known a thinking man who did not believe in God."
"The impossibility of real science and real religion ever conflicting becomes evident when one examines the purpose of science and the purpose of religion. The purpose of science is to develop--without prejudice or preconception of any kind--a knowledge of the facts, the laws and the processes of nature. The even more important task of religion, on the other hand, is to develop the consciences, the ideals and the aspirations of mankind."
"Many of our great scientists have actually been men of profound religious convictions and life: Sir Isaac Newton, Michael Faraday, James Maxwell, Louis Pasteur. All of these men were not only religious men, but they were also faithful members of their communions. For the most important thing in the world is a belief in moral and spiritual values--a belief that there is a significance and a meaning to existence--a belief that we are going somewhere! These men could scarcely have been so great had they been lacking in this belief."
"This much I can say with definiteness--namely, that there is no scientific basis for the denial of religion--nor is there in my judgment any excuse for a conflict between science and religion, for their fields are entirely different. Men who know very little of science and men who know very little of religion do indeed get into quarreling, and the onlookers imagine that there is a conflict between science and religion, whereas the conflict is only between two different species of ignorance."
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