God

Card, Orson Scott

All the universe is just a dream in God's mind, and as long as he's asleep, he believes in it, and things stay real.

Seventh Son Chapter 10 (p. 126)

Dawkins, Richard

If God is a synonym for the deepest principles of physics, what word is left for a hypothetical being who answers prayers, intervenes to save cancer patients or helps evolution over difficult jumps, forgives sins or dies for them?

Forbes ASAP Snake Oil and Holy Water (p. 236) October 4,1999

Feynman, Richard

God was invented to explain mystery. God is always invented to explain those things that you do not understand. Now when you finally discover how something works, you get some laws which you're taking away from God; you don't need him anymore. But you need him for the other mysteries. So therefore you leave him to create the universe because we haven't figured that out yet; you need him for understanding those things which you don't believe the laws will explain, such as consciousness, or why you only live to a certain length of time—life and death—stuff like that. God is always associated with those things that you do not understand. Therefore I don't think that the laws can be considered to be like God because they have been figured out.

In P.C.W. Davies and J. Brown (eds) Superstrings: A Theory of Everything Chapter 9 (pp. 208-9)

Greenstein, George

As we survey all the evidence, the thought insistently arises that some supernatural agency—or, rather, Agency—must be involved. Is it possible that suddenly, without intending to, we have stumbled upon scientific proof of the existence of a Supreme Being? Was it God who stepped in and so providentially crafted the cosmos for our benefit?

The Symbiotic Universe Prologue (p. 27)

Hawking, Stephen

The idea that space and time may form a closed surface without boundary also has profound implications for the role of God in the affairs of the universe. With the success of scientific theories in describing events, most people have come to believe that God allows the universe to evolve according to a set of laws and does not intervene in the universe to break these laws. However, the laws do not tell us what the universe should have looked like when it started—it would still be up to God to wind up the clockwork and choose how to start it off. So long as the universe had a beginning, we could suppose it had a creator. But if the universe is really completely self-contained, having no boundary or edge, it would have neither beginning nor end: it would simply be. What place, then, for a creator?

A Brief History of Time Chapter 8 (pp. 140-1)

Herrick, Robert

Science in God, is known to be A Substance, not a Qualitie.

In J. Max Patrick (ed.) The Complete Poetry ofRobert Herrick Science in God

Jastrow, Robert

When an astronomer writes about God, his colleagues assume he is either over the hill or going bonkers.

God and the Astronomers Chapter 1 (p. 11)

Keillor, Garrison

We wondered if there is a God or is the universe only one seed in one apple on a tree in another world where a million years of ours is only one of their moments and what we imagine as our civilization is only a tiny charge of static electricity and the great truth that our science is slowly grasping is the fact the apple in which we are part of one seed is falling, has been falling for a million years and in one one-millionth of a second it will hit hard-frozen ground in that other world and split open and lie on the ground and a bear will come along and gobble it up, everything, the Judeo-Christian heritage, science, democracy, the Renaissance, art, music, sex, sweet corn—all disappear into that black hole of a bear.

The Atlantic Monthly Leaving Home (p. 48) Volume 260, Number 3 September 1987

Kepler, Johannes

...if there are globes in the heaven similar to our Earth, do we vie with them over who occupies the better portion of the universe? For if their globes are nobler, we are not the noblest of rational creatures. Then how can all things be for man's sake? How can we be the master of God's handiwork?

Conversations with Galileo's Sidereal Messenger Section VIII (p. 43)

Lambert, Johann Heinrich

If we admit the existence of a Supreme Disposer, who brought order out of Chaos, and gave form to the universe, it will follow that the universe is a perfect work, the impression, the character, the reflected image of the perfections of its author.

The System of the World PartI Chapter II (p. 9)

Orgel, Irene

"But before Man," asked Jonah, shocked out of his wits, "do you mean you understood nothing at all? Didn't you exist?"

"Certainly," said God patiently. "I have told you how I exploded in the stars. Then I drifted for aeons in clouds of inchoate gas. As matter stabilized, I acquired the knowledge of valency. When matter cooled, I lay sleeping in the insentient rocks."

The Odd Tales of Irene Orgel Jonah (pp. 17-18)

Polyakov, Alexander

We know that nature is described by the best of all possible mathematics because God created it.

In S. Gannes Fortune

Alexander Polyakov; 40: Probing the Forces of the Universe (p. 57) Volume 114, Number 8, October 13,1986

Reade, Winwood

When we have ascertained, by means of Science, the methods of nature's operations, we shall be able to take her place to perform them for ourselves...men will master the forces of nature; they will become themselves architects of systems, manufacturers of worlds. Man will then be perfect; he will be a creator; he will therefore be what the vulgar worship as God.

Martyrdom of Man Chapter IV (pp. 513, 515)

Thomson, J. Arthur

The heavens are telling the glory of God.

Concerning Evolution Chapter I, section 6 (p. 12)

Twain, Mark

If I were going to construct a God I would furnish Him with some ways and qualities and characteristics which the Present (Bible) One lacks. ..He would spend some of His eternities in trying to forgive Himself for making man unhappy when He could have made him happy with the same effort and He would spend the rest of them in studying astronomy.

In Albert Bigelow Paine (ed.)

Mark Twain's Notebook Chapter XXVI (pp. 301, 302)

von Braun, Wernher

The more we learn about God's creation, the more I am impressed with the orderliness and unerring perfection of the natural laws that govern it.

In Erik Bergaust Wernher von Braun The Starry Sky Above Me (p. 113)

Ziman, John

As has been said of some experiments in high-energy physics: the process to be observed has never occurred before in the history of the Universe; God himself is waiting to see what will happen!

Reliable Knowledge Chapter 3 (fn 11, p. 62)

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