An atheist professor of philosophy speaks
to his class on the problem science has with God.
He asks one of his new students to stand and.....
Prof: You are a Krishna devotee, aren't you, son?
Student: Yes, sir.
Prof: So you believe in God?
Student: Absolutely, sir.
Prof: Is God good?
Prof: Is God all-powerful?
Prof: My brother died of cancer even though he prayed
to Krishna to heal him. Most of us would attempt to help
others who are ill. But Krishna didn't. How is this Krishna
good then? Hmm?
(The student is silent.)
Prof: You can't answer, can you? Let's start again,
young fella. Is God good?
Prof: Is Satan good?
Prof: Where does Satan come from?
Prof: That's right. Tell me son, is there evil in
Prof: Evil is everywhere, isn't it? And God did
make everything, Correct?
Prof: So who created evil?
(The 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?
(The student has no answer.)
Prof: Tell me, son. Do you believe in Krishna?
Student: Yes, professor, I do.
Prof: Science says you have 5 senses you use to
identify and observe the world around you. Have you ever
Student: No, sir.
Prof: Tell us if you have ever heard your Krishna?
Student: No, sir.
Prof: Have you ever felt your Krishna, tasted your
Krishna, smelt your Krishna? Have you ever had any sensory
perception of Krishna or God for that matter?
Student: No, sir. I'm afraid I haven't.
Prof: Yet you still believe in Him?
Prof: According to empirical, testable, demonstrable
protocol, science says your Krishna 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
Student: Professor, is there such a thing as heat?
Student: And is there such a thing as cold?
Student: No sir. There isn't.
(The lecture theatre becomes very quiet with this turn
Sir, you can have lots of heat, even more heat, superheat,
megaheat, white heat, a little heat or no heat. But we don't
have anything called cold. We can hit 273 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
Student: Sir, my point is your philosophical premise
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 students that
they evolved from a monkey?
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
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 endeavour, are you not teaching your opinion,
sir? Are you not more of a preacher than a scientist?
(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,
sir, 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,
Student: That is it sir. The link between man &
god is FAITH. That is all that keeps things moving &