Biology=Atheism: Physics=some form of Deism at least? April 18, 2007Posted by Administrator in atheism, Idiots, Smart People.
PZ Myers: Committed atheist; biology professor
Richard Dawkins: Lead atheist, ethologist (study of animal behavior) and evolutionary biologist.
Sam Harris: Committed atheist, BA in philosophy, studying for doctorate in Neuroscience (a biology discipline)
Paul Geisert, founder of the arrogantly-named “Brights”; biology teacher.
Richard Roberts, molecular biologist.
Steven Pinker, psychologist. (A soft science. And I have an MS in Psych, I know whereof I speak here)
Magicians James Randi, Penn and Teller.
Amy Alkon, Advice columnist.
Edwin Kagan, lawyer.
Sheldon Glasow, physicist.
Massimo Pigliucci, professor of ecology.
ALL of those above are at best biologists, save for the lone physicist Glasow. They are all either noted vocal atheists or members of the so-called “Brights” movement.
This is by no means a compelling argument, I agree. But if creation is so random, don’t you think we’d have more physicists declaiming the realities of atheism?
On the other side. . .
we have Albert Einstein, leading physicist, thought by many to be the greatest mind of the 20th century. Avowed Deist. Claimed that to believe in atheism was foolish, and he himself believed in a “God who reveals Himself in the harmony of all that exists.”
Francis Collins, geneticist, avowed Christian.
Is there something inherent in the study and teaching of biology that leads one to atheism? Or, is it more likely that the deeper one looks into science, the more one is stunned by the wonder and order of things?
I know that I only have one physicist on the side of the angels, so to speak. BUt it would seem to me that Einstein has a tad more intellectual heft than Glasow.