Bulletin Banner

Return to July/August 2014 articles.

Nobel title

Article title

“If religion is to be acceptable to science, it is important to examine the hypothesis of an intelligence working in nature. The discussion of the evidences for an intelligent God is as old as philosophy itself.

“The argument on the basis of design, though trite, has never been adequately refuted. On the contrary, as we learn more about our world, the probability of its having resulted by chance processes becomes more and more remote, so that few indeed are the scientific men of today who will defend an atheistic attitude.”

“To me God appears in three aspects, all of which are closely related. The first aspect of God is universally recognized. It is simply the best one knows, to which he devotes his life. The best includes the love of one’s fellow men, particularly those for whom one has some special responsibility. It includes truth of whatever kind may serve as a guide to life.

“The second aspect of God that I recognize is the basis of existence and of life and of motivation, which I think of as a conscious Power. This Power appears to be as having a special concern for its conscious creatures who share the responsibility for shaping their part of the world.

“More particularly, I follow Jesus’ teaching that this Power that is the basis of existence holds toward me and all other persons the attitude of a wise and loving father. This recognition of kinship with the Creator-God is for me a matter of vital importance. …

“The third aspect of God that I recognize is that which shows itself in the lives of noble men. It is in their lives that I see exemplified the virtues to which I would commit my own life.

“For me the outstanding example of these noble men is Jesus. His teaching and example of his life form the most reliable guide that I have found for shaping my own actions. It is because I accept his leadership that I call myself a Christian.”