"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're a Christian,
aren't you, son?"
"Yes sir," the student says.
"So you believe in God?"
"Sure! God's good."
"Is God all-powerful? Can God do anything?"
you good or evil?"
"The Bible says I'm evil."
The professor grins knowingly..
"Aha! The Bible!" He considers for a moment. "Here's one for you. Let's say there's 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."
"But why not say that? You'd help a sick and maimed person if you could. Most of us would
if we could. But God doesn't."
The student does not answer, so the professor continues. 'He doesn't, 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? Can you
answer that one?"
The student remains silent.
"No, you can't, can you?" the professor says.
He takes a sip of water from a glass on his desk to give the student time to relax. "Let's start again, young fella.
Is God good?"
"Er..yes," the student says.
"Is Satan good?"
student doesn't hesitate on this one and replies, "No."
"Then where does Satan come from?"
student falters. "From God"
"That's right. God made Satan, didn't he? Tell me, son. Is there evil in
"Evil's everywhere, isn't it? And God did make
"So who 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.'
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 student's 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, I've never seen Him."
tell us if you've 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?"
sir, I'm afraid I haven't."
"Yet you still believe in him?"
to the rules of empirical, testable, demonstrable protocol, science says your God doesn't exist. What do you say to that,
"Nothing," the student replies. "I only have my faith."
faith," the professor repeats. "And that is the problem science has with God.. There is no evidence, only faith."
student stands quietly for a moment, before asking a question of His own. "Professor, is there such thing as heat?"
is there such a thing as cold?"
"Yes, son, there's cold too."
"No sir, there isn't."
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 don't have anything called 'cold'.
We can hit down to 458 degrees below zero, which is no heat, but we can't 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
Silence across the room. A pen drops somewhere in the classroom, sounding like a hammer.
about darkness, professor. Is there such a thing as darkness?"
"Yes," the professor replies
without hesitation. "What is night if it isn't darkness?"
"You're 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 it's called darkness, isn't it? That's the meaning we use to define the
word. If it were, you would be able to make darkness darker, wouldn't 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?"
professor. My point is, your philosophical premise is flawed to start with, and so your conclusion must also be flawed."
professor's 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 there's death; a good God
and a bad God. You are viewing the concept of God as something finite, something we can measure. Sir, science can't 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.
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
"Have you ever observed evolution with your own eyes, sir?"
professor begins to shake his head, still smiling, as he realizes where the argument is going. A very good semester, indeed.
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 professor's brain?" The class breaks out into laughter. "Is there
anyone here who has ever heard the professor's brain, felt the professor's brain, touched or smelt the professor's 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,
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 you'll have to take them on faith."
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 man's 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 God's love present in his heart. It's like the cold that comes when there is no heat or the darkness that comes
when there is no light."
The professor sat down.