…I am psychologically incapable of believing that the universe is meaningless। I believe the universe has a purpose, and our greatest intellectual challenge as human beings is to glimpse what this purpose might be
…In the deep mystery of God’s vast creative experiment there may be many facets that we, in human terms, would relate to as purposes of the universe। I believe that, incredibly, this includes the creator’s self-revelation though human intelligence and personalities. With God’s experiment comes the freedom of choice, and I choose to believe in a purposeful universe.
My thoughtful atheistic friends who deny that the universe has any ultimate meaning are also men and women of faith। Perhaps intimidated by intimations of design, they seek to understand the universe in other ways। Ironically, they themselves may well be part of the purpose of the universe.
Owen Gingerich is Professor Emeritus of Astronomy and of the History of Science at Harvard University and a senior astronomer emeritus at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory।