You are a Christian, arent you, son?
Let me explain the problem science has with religion. The atheist professor of philosophy pauses before his class and then asks one of his new students to stand.
You are a Christian, arent you, son
Yes sir, the student says.
So you believe in God
Is God good
Sure! Gods good.
Is God all-powerful Can God do anything
Are you good or evil
The Bible says Im evil.
The professor grins knowingly. Aha! The Bible! He considers for a moment. Heres one for you. Lets say theres a sick person over here and you can cure him. You can do it. Would you help
him Would you try
Yes sir, I would.
So youre good…!
I wouldnt say that.
But why not say that Youd help a sick and maimed person if you could. Most of us would if we could. But God doesnt.
The student does not answer, so the professor continues. He doesnt, does he My brother was a Christian who died of cancer, even though he prayed to Jesus to heal him. How is this Jesus good Hmmm Can you answer that one
The student remains silent.
No, you cant, can you the professor says. He takes a sip of water from a glass on his desk to give the student time to relax.
Lets start again, young fella. Is God good
Er..yes, the student says.
Is Satan good
The student doesnt hesitate on this one. No.
Then where does Satan come from
The student falters. From God
Thats right. God made Satan, didnt he Tell me, son. Is there evil in this world
Evils everywhere, isnt it And God did make everything, correct
So wh o created evil The professor continued, If God created everything, then God created evil, since evil exists, and according to the principle that our works define who we are, then God is evil.
Again, the student has no answer. Is there sickness Immorality Hatred Ugliness All these terrible things, do they exist in this world
The student squirms on his feet. Yes.
So who created them
The student does not answer again, so the professor repeats his question. Who created them There is still no answer.
Suddenly the lecturer breaks away to pace in front of the classroom.
The class is mesmerized. Tell me, he continues onto another student. Do you believe in Jesus Christ, son
The students voice betrays him and cracks. Yes, professor, I do.
The old man stops pacing. Science says you have five senses you use to identify and observe the world around you. Have you ever seen Jesus
No sir. Ive never seen Him.
Then tell us if youve ever heard your Jesus
No, sir, I have not.
Have you ever felt your Jesus, tasted your Jesus or smelt your Jesus Have you ever had any sensory perception of Jesus Christ, or God for that matter
No, sir, Im afraid I havent.
Yet you still believe in him
According to the rules of empirical, testable, demonstrable protocol, science says your God doesnt exist. What do you say to that, son
Nothing, the student replies. I only have my faith.
Yes, faith, the professor repeats. And that is the problem science has with God. There is no evidence, only faith.
The student stands quietly for a moment, before asking a question of His own. Professor, is there such thing as heat
And is there such a thing as cold
Yes, son, theres cold too.
No sir, there isnt.
The professor turns to face the student, obviously interested. The room suddenly becomes very quiet. The student begins to explain. You can have lots of heat, even more heat, super-heat, mega-heat, unlimited heat, white heat, a little heat or no heat, but we dont have anything called cold. We can hit down to 458 degrees below zero, which is no heat, but we cant go any further after that.
There is no such thing as cold; otherwise we would be able to go colder than the lowest -458 degrees.
Every body or object is susceptible to study when it has or transmits energy, and heat is what makes a body or matter have or transmit energy. Absolute zero (-458 F) is the total absence of heat. You see, sir, cold is only a word we use to describe the absence of heat. We cannot measure cold. Heat we can measure in thermal units because heat is energy. Cold is not the opposite of heat, sir, just the absence of it.
Silence across the room. A pen drops somewhere in the classroom, sounding like a hammer.
What about darkness, professor. Is there such a thing as darkness
Yes, the professor replies without hesitation. What is night if it isnt darkness
Youre wrong again, sir. Darkness is not something; it is the absence of something. You can have low light, normal light, bright light, flashing light, but if you have no light constantly you have nothing and its called darkness, isnt it Thats the meaning we use to define the word.
In reality, darkness isnt. If it were, you would be able to make darkness darker, wouldnt you
The professor begins to smile at the student in front of him. This will be a good semester. So what point are you making, young man
Yes, professor. My point is, your philosophical premise is flawed to start with, and so your conclusion must also be flawed.
The professors face cannot hide his surprise this time. Flawed Can you explain how
You are working on the premise of duality, the student explains.. You argue that there is life and then theres death; a good God and a bad God. You are viewing the concept of God as something finite, something we can measure. Sir, science cant even explain a thought.
It uses electricity and magnetism, but has never seen, much less fully understood either one. To view death as the opposite of life is to be ignorant of the fact that death cannot exist as a substantive thing. Death is not the opposite of life, just the absence of it.
Now tell me, professor. Do you teach your students that they evolved from a monkey
If you are referring to the natural evolutionary process, young man, yes, of course I do.
Have you ever observed evolution with your own eyes, sir
The professor begins to shake his head, still smiling, as he realizes where th e argument is going. A very good semester, indeed.
Since no one has ever observed the process of evolution at work and cannot even prove that this process is an on-going endeavor, are you not teaching your opinion, sir Are you now not a scientist, but a preacher
The class is in uproar. The student remains silent until the commotion has subsided.
To continue the point you were making earlier to the other student, let me give you an example of what I mean.
The student looks around the room. Is there anyone in the class who has ever seen the professors brain The class breaks out into laughter.
Is there anyone here who has ever heard the professors brain, felt the professors brain, touched or smelt the professors brain No one appears to have done so. So, according to the established rules of empirical, stable, demonstrable protocol, science says that you have no brain, with all due respect, sir.
So if science says you have no brain, how can we trust your lectures, sir
Now the room is silent. The professor just stares at the student, his face unreadable.
Finally, after what seems an eternity, the old man answers. I guess youll have to take them on faith.
Now, you accept that there is faith, and, in fact, faith exists with life, the student continues. Now, sir, is there such a thing as evil
Now uncertain, the professor responds, Of course, there is. We see it everyday It is in the daily example of mans inhumanity to man. It is in the multitude of crime and violence everywhere in the world. These manifestations are nothing else but evil.
To this the student replied, Evil does not exist sir, or at least it does not exist unto itself. Evil is simply the absence of God. It is just like darkness and cold, a word that man has created to describe the absence of God. God did not create evil. Evil is the result of what happens when man does not have Gods love present in his heart. Its like the cold that comes when there is no heat or the darkness that comes when there is no light.
The professor sat down.
PS: the student was Albert Einstein
Albert Einstein wrote a book titled God vs Science in 1921..
Albert Einstein takes on the atheist professor