"God was invented to explain mystery. God is always invented to explain
those things that you do not understand. Now, when you finally discover
how something works, you get some laws which you're taking away from God;
you don't need him anymore. But you need him for the other mysteries. So
therefore you leave him to create the universe because we haven't figured
that out yet; you need him for understanding those things which you
don't believe the laws will explain, such as consciousness, or why you
only live to a certain length of time -- life and death -- stuff like
that. God is always associated with those things that you do not
understand. Therefore I don't think that the laws can be considered
to be like God because they have been figured out."
Superstrings: A Theory of Everything.
"You see, one thing is, I can live with doubt and
uncertainty and not
knowing. I think it's much more interesting to live not knowing than
to have answers which might be wrong. I have approximate answers and
possible beliefs and different degrees of uncertainty about different
things, but I am not absolutely sure of anything and there are many
things I don't know anything about, such as whether it means anything
to ask why we're here."
"I don't have to know an answer. I don't feel
frightened not knowing
things, by being lost in a mysterious universe without any purpose,
which is the way it really is as far as I can tell. It doesn't
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Entertainment of Philip Adams.
"In those days, in Far Rockaway, there was a youth center for Jewish
kids at the temple... Somebody nominated me for president of the youth
center. The elders began getting nervous, because I was an avowed
atheist by that time... I thought nature itself was so interesting that
I didn't want it distorted like that [by miracle stories]. And so I
gradually came to disbelieve the whole religion."
James A. Haught 2000 Years of Disbelief.