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.

Arthur Compton--Nobel Laureate in Physics

Compton received his Nobel Prize in 1927 for his discovery of the change of wavelength in X-rays when they collide with electrons (the Compton effect), confirming the dual nature of electromagnetic radiation as both a wave and a particle. He got his Ph.D. from Princeton and did research at Cambridge, and was a professor at the Universities of Minnesota, Washington, and Chicago.

"From earliest childhood I have learned to see in Jesus the supreme example of one who loves his neighbors and expresses that love in actions that count, who knows that people can find their souls by losing themselves in something of great value, who will die rather than deny the truth in favor of the popular view held by his most respected contemporaries. That Jesus lives so vitally in men today makes me hope that by following in his footsteps in my small way I also may live forever."

"For myself, faith begins with the realization that a supreme intelligence brought the universe into being and created man. It is not difficult for me to have this faith, for it is incontrovertible that where there is a plan there is intelligence. An orderly, unfolding universe testifies to the truth of the most majestic statement ever uttered:  'In the beginning God ... .'"

"In their essence there can be no conflict between science and religion. Science is a reliable method of finding truth. Religion is the search for a satisfying basis for life."

"What nobler ambition can one have than to cooperate with his Maker in bringing about a better world in which we can live? Science has created a world in which Christianity is a necessity."

"I believe that its insistence on the inherent value of individual men and women Christianity has the key to survival and the good life in the modern world."

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