Cosmos, BIOS, Theos: Scientists Reflect on Science, God, and the Origins of the Universe, Life, and Homo Sapiens

By Roy Abraham Varghese; Henry Margenau | Go to book overview

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There Exists an Incomprehensible Power with
Limitless Foresight and Knowledge
Professor Christian B. Anfinsen
Born 26 March 1916
Ph.D. in biochemistry, Harvard University, 1943; Nobel Prize for Chemistry (shared with Stanford Moore and William H. Stein), 1972; received the Nobel Prize “for his work on ribonuclease, especially concerning the connection between the amino acid sequence and the biologically active conformation”
Currently Professor of Biology at Johns Hopkins University
Works include The Molecular Basis of Evolution,1959
Professor Anfinsen on: the origin of the universe: “I cannot help but believe the conclusions that grow out of … work on the Big Bang”. the origin of life:… an inevitable consequence of the evolution of the universe, physically speaking”. the origin of Homo sapiens: “… developed from lower forms by … processes of mutation and selection”. God: “I think only an idiot can bean atheist. We must admit that there exists an incomprehensible power or force with limitless foresight and knowledge that started the whole universe going in the first place”.

1 What do you think should be the relationship between religion and science?

Religion—or I should say, the religions of the world—are a natural outgrowth of man's need for some answer, however mystical, to his concerns about existence, behavior, and morality. Science is quite a separate subject and deals with man's eternal curiosity about how the world and the universe are constructed and the laws that operate physically.

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