On this day in 1879, Albert Einstein was born. One of the most brilliant scientists of all time, Einstein formulated the theory of relativity and won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1921.
Despite his awe for the universe, Einstein never could bring himself to believe in a God who is involved in the affairs of humanity. In correspondence, he explained that he was a deeply religious man in the sense that he felt reverence toward the “harmony” and “radiant beauty” of the cosmos. “I do not believe in a personal God and I have never denied this,” Einstein wrote in a 1954 letter. “If something is in me which can be called religious then it is the unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it.”
Einstein is like the person who studies the Mona Lisa with great regard, only to ignore the genius behind the painting. However, there have been many gifted minds in history who have believed in the Creator of the universe—the Scientist behind the science. Consider these quotes:
“We are authorized in scripture to give glory and honour to God the Father, because he hath created all things.” (Sir Isaac Newton, English physicist and astronomer)
“In our study of natural objects we are approaching the thoughts of the Creator.” (Louis Agassiz, American geologist and zoologist)
“The God of the Bible is also the God of the genome. He can be worshipped in the cathedral or in the laboratory. His creation is majestic, awesome, intricate, and beautiful.” (Francis Collins, physician and geneticist)
“In the last few years astronomy has come together so that we’re now able to tell a coherent story
[of how the universe began]…This story does not contradict God, but instead enlarges [the idea
of] God.” (Joel Primack, Fellow of the American Physical Society, Professor of Physics at the
University of California, Santa Cruz)
Even a number of atheistic scientists have wondered why the universe appears “tweaked.” Fred Hoyle, the British cosmologist who coined the term “Big Bang,” once noted it was as if “a super-intellect has monkeyed with physics.” American astronomer Allan Sandage, an atheist for years, eventually acknowledged that there was a Cause behind the effects going on in the cosmos: “The world is too complicated in all its parts and interconnections to be due to chance alone. I am convinced that the existence of life with all its order in each of its organisms is simply too well put together.” British cosmologist Paul Davies has long denied the role of a purposeful Supreme Being. But over the years he has sung a slightly different tune. Though he remains an atheist, Davies wrote in 1988, “It seems as though somebody has fine-tuned nature’s numbers to make the Universe.”
The Psalmist knew that “somebody” as the God who created the heavens and the earth, the Prime Mover whom all creation praises for His mighty power and excellent greatness. It doesn’t take an Einstein to believe in this God.