In a book to be officially released nationwide today, a prestigious mathematician is arguing that science does not disprove the existence of God.
Dr. Amir Aczel is a well-known mathematician with a Ph.D. in statistics from the University of Oregon. From 2005 to 2007, Aczel was a visiting scholar at Harvard University, and he is now a research fellow at Boston University.
Aczel is also a prolific author, writing regularly for Discover magazine, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. Publishers Weekly describes him as “one of our best science popularizers.”
Though Aczel has written about various philosophical topics in the past, he has not focused much attention on the debate over God’s existence. However, that has changed, as Aczel now says atheists’ anti-God arguments are fundamentally flawed. Aczel outlines his position in a book to be released this week, titled Why Science Does Not Disprove God.
“A highly publicized coterie of scientists and thinkers, including Richard Dawkins, the late Christopher Hitchens, and Lawrence Krauss, have vehemently contended that breakthroughs in modern science have disproven the existence of God, asserting that we must accept that the creation of the universe came out of nothing, that religion is evil, that evolution fully explains the dazzling complexity of life, and more,” the book description states.
“[But] … science journalist Amir Aczel profoundly disagrees and conclusively demonstrates that science has not, as yet, provided any definitive proof refuting the existence of God,” the description continues.
Aczel argues that the discoveries of celebrated scientists like Albert Einstein and even Charles Darwin all “leave open the possibility—and even the strong likelihood—of a Creator.”
In writing his book, Aczel interviewed eleven Nobel Prize winners and many other biologists, psychologists, physicists, and anthropologists, as well as several leading theologians and religious leaders. Aczel also points out various references to God made by famous scientists, including Einstein:
“Everyone who is seriously interested in the pursuit of science,” Einstein once wrote, “becomes convinced that some spirit is manifest in the laws of the universe, one that is vastly superior to that of man.”
Though Aczel does not promote Christianity or any other particular religion, he rebukes atheists for using science as “a weapon in cultural debates.” Overall, Aczel hopes his book will be “an essential corrective” for people to balance science and religious faith.
Aczel’s assertions that God exists have already irked many atheists—even before the publication’s release.
“It seems this author is fairly well versed in theology and pop-physics, but never read or studied much about logic,” one commenter proposed. “His arguments are full of holes, he misrepresents the basic working of the scientific method, and, like many ill-informed pseudo intellectuals, reaches conclusions that he wishes to express without regard for the whole body of fact.”
“Why does man even need God?” another asked. “Why can’t we get by on science, knowledge, understanding, education, tolerance, and love?”
Despite criticism from atheists, Aczel remains firm in his arguments for the existence of a Creator. Why Science Does Not Disprove God releases today in bookstores nationwide.