Can a scientist believe in God?

Some of the interesting quotes about origin of life, evolution & God from leading men of science –

Nobel Laureate Sir Peter Medawar

“There is no quicker way for a scientist to bring discredit upon himself and his profession than roundly to declare – particularly when no declaration of any kind is called for – that science knows, or soon will know, the answers to all questions worth asking, and that questions which do not admit a scientific answer are in some way non-questions or “pseudo-questions” that only simpletons ask and only the gullible profess to be able to answer to.”

Louis Pasteur (1822-95)

“You place matter before life and you decide that matter has existed for all eternity. How do you know that the incessant progress of science will not compel scientists to consider that life has existed during eternity, and not matter? You pass from matter to life because your intelligence of today cannot conceive things otherwise. How do you know that in ten thousand years one will not consider it more likely that matter has emerged from life?”

Charles Darwin in a letter to Fordyce, John

“ In my most extreme fluctuations I have never been an atheist in the sense of denying the existence of a God.— I think that generally (& more and more so as I grow older) but not always, that an agnostic would be the most correct description of my state of mind.”

Francis Crick, the Nobel Laureate of DNA fame, lamenting that the awesome tools of biotechnology still cannot produce life out of inanimate matter, complained that the origin of life seems “a miracle, so many are the conditions which would have to be satisfied to get it going.” (Ref. Searching for Vedic India)

Noble Prize winner, Sir John Eccles in ‘The Brain and the Unity of Conscious Experience’:

“I believe that there is a fundamental mystery in my existence, transcending any biological account of the development of my body (including my brain).” In another interview, he said: “If you look at most modern texts on evolution you find nothing about mind and consciousness. They assume it just comes automatically with the development of the brain. But that’s not the answer.”

Noble Prize winning Chemist Albert Szent- Gyorgyi began his quest to understand the secrets of life by studying organisms in their natural habitats. Next he switched to studying cells. Then he moved to the chemistry of proteins. Finally, he settled upon the electrons, hoping they would be the clues to life.

At the end of his life, he confessed: “In my search for the secret of life, I ended up with atoms and electrons, which have no life at all. Somewhere along the line, life ran out through my fingers. So in my old age, I am retracing my steps.”