AN INTERESTING CONVERSATION > > An atheist professor of philosophy > Speaks to his class on the problem science has with > God, the Almighty. > > He asks one of his new students to stand and..... > > > Prof: So you believe in God? > Student: Absolutely, sir. > Prof: Is God good? > Student: Sure. > Prof: Is God all-powerful? > Student: Yes. > Prof: My brother died of cancer > even though he prayed to God to heal him. Most of us > would attempt to > help > others who are ill. But God didn't. How is this God > good then? > > (Student is silent.) > > Prof: You can't answer, can you? > Let's start again, young fellow. > Is God good? > Student: Yes. > Prof: Is Satan good? > Student: No. > Prof: Where does Satan come from? > Student: From...God... > Prof: That's right. Tell me son, > is there evil in this world? > Student: Yes. > Prof: Evil is everywhere, isn't > it? > And God did make everything. Correct? > Student: Yes. > Prof: So who created evil? > > (Student does not answer.) > > Prof: Is there sickness? Immorality? > Hatred? Ugliness? All these terrible things exist in > the world, don't > they? > Student: Yes, sir. > Prof: So, who created them? > > (Student has no answer.) > > Prof: Science says you have 5 senses > you use to identify and observe the world around > you. Tell me, > son...Have > you ever seen God? > Student: No, > sir. > Prof: Tell us if you have ever heard > your God? > Student: No, sir. > Prof: Have you ever felt your God, > tasted your God, smelt your God? Have you ever had > any sensory > perception > of God for that matter? > Student: No, > sir. I'm afraid I haven't. > Prof: Yet you still believe in Him? > Student: Yes. > Prof: According to empirical, testable, > demonstrable protocol, science says your GOD doesn't > exist. What do you > say to that, son? > Student: Nothing. > I only have my faith. > Prof: Yes. Faith. > And that is the problem science > has. > > Student: Professor, > is there such a thing as heat? > Prof: Yes. > Student: And is there such a thing as cold? > Prof: Yes. > Student: No > sir. There isn't. > > (The lecture theatre becomes very quiet with this > turn of events.) > > Student: Sir, you can have lots of heat, even more > heat, superheat, mega heat, white heat, a little > heat or no heat. But we > > don't have anything called cold. We can hit 458 > degrees below zero which > is no heat, but we can't go any further after that. > There is no such > thing > as cold. Cold is only a word we use to describe the > absence of heat. We > cannot measure cold. Heat is energy. Cold is not the > opposite of heat, > sir, just the absence of it. > > (There is pin-drop silence in the > lecture theatre.) > > Student: What about darkness, Professor? Is there > such a thing as darkness? > Prof: Yes. What is night if there > isn't darkness? > > Student: You're wrong again, sir. Darkness 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? In reality, > darkness isn't. If > it were you would be able to make darkness darker, > wouldn't you? > > Prof: So what is the point you are making, young > man? > Student: Sir, > my point is your philosophical premise is flawed. > Prof: Flawed? Can you explain how? > Student: Sir, you are working on the premise of > duality. You argue there is life and then there is > 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. Death is > not the opposite of > life: just the absence of it. > > Now tell me, Professor. Do you teach your students > that they evolved > from > monkeys? > > Prof: > If you are referring to the natural evolutionary > process, > yes, of course, I do. > Student: Have > you ever observed evolution with your own eyes, sir? > > (The Professor shakes his head with a smile, > beginning to realize where > the argument is going.) > > Student: Since 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 not a > scientist > but a preacher? > > (The class is in uproar.) > > Student: Is there anyone in the class who has ever > seen the Professor's brain? > > (The class breaks out into laughter.) > > Student: Is there anyone here who has ever heard > the Professor's brain, felt it, touched or smelt it? > 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, sir. > > With all due respect, how do we then trust your > lectures, sir? > > (The room is silent. The professor > stares at the student, his face unfathomable.) > > Prof: I guess you'll have to take > them on faith, son. > > Student: That is it sir... The link between man > & God is FAITH. That is all that keeps things moving > & alive. > > > WANT TO KNOW WHO THAT > STUDENT WAS? > > The student was ... > > > . > . > . > . > . > . > . > . > . > . > . > . > . > . > Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, > ex President of India > and > this is a true story.