An atheist professor of philosophy speaks to his class on the problem science has with God. Asking one of his new students to stand, he says, "You are a Christian, aren't you, son? "Yes, sir," the young student replies respectfully. "So you believe in God?" the professor asks accusingly. "Absolutely, sir," came his quick reply. "Is God good?" "Of course," came the confident reply. "Is God all-powerful?" "Yes." The professor continues by saying, "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 do anything for my brother. How is this God good then?" The student is silent. "So, you can't answer, can you? Let's start again, young fella. Is God good?" "Yes." The professor smiles and continues. "Well, then, is Satan good?" "No." "Where does Satan come from?" "From God." "That's right," the professor agrees. "Tell me son, is there evil in this world?" "Yes," the student replied. "So, evil is everywhere, isn't it? God made everything. Is this your view?" "Yes, sir." "So who created evil then?" The student remains silent. "Do we not have sickness, immorality, hunger, murder, war, genocide, hatred, and ugliness of all kinds in the world today? All these terrible things exist. Don't they?" "Of course," sir, the student answers. "So, who created them?" The student again chooses silence. Continuing, the professor says, "Science says you have 5 senses you use to identify and observe the world around you. Tell me, son, have you ever seen God?" "No, sir," comes the student's firm answer. "Tell us, young man, have you ever heard your God?" "No, sir." "Have you ever felt your God, tasted your God, smelt your God? Have you ever had any sensory perception of God, at all, for that matter?" "No, sir, I'm afraid I haven't." "Yet you still believe in Him?" Yes, I most certainly do," the student said enthusiastically. "According to empirical, testable, demonstrable protocol, science says your God doesn't exist. What do you say to that?" "Nothing," came the student's quick answer, "I only have my faith." "Yes, faith. That is the problem science has," the professor concluded. The student remained stolidly standing during the sounds of fellow students attempting to stifle their laughter. After a moment of silence, the student says, "Professor, is there such a thing as heat?" "Yes." "Is there such a thing as cold?" the student asks. "Yes, of course there is," the professor replies. "No sir. There isn't." The lecture theatre becomes very quiet with this unanticipated turn of events. "Sir," the student continues, "you can have lots of heat 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 total silence in the lecture theatre. Still the student continues. "What about darkness, professor? Is there such a thing as darkness?" "Certainly," the professor announces confidently. "What is night if there isn't darkness?" "Excuse me, sir," the student says respectfully, "but you are wrong again. Darkness is the absence of something. You can have low light, normal light, bright light, flashing light, but if you have no light constantly or perpetually, you have nothing and that is called darkness. Isn't that correct, professor? In reality, darkness isn't. If it were, you would be able to make darkness darker, wouldn't you?" "So, what is the point you are making, young man?" "Sir, my point is your philosophical premise is flawed." "Flawed? Can you explain how?" "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, that is, something we can measure. Sir, science can't even explain a thought. It uses electricity, chemical interaction, and magnetism, but has never been seen, much less fully understood by any of the greatest scientists in the world. Furthermore," the student continues, "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 a monkey?" "If you are referring to the natural evolutionary process, yes, of course, I do." "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. "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 suddenly cacophonous. "Is there anyone in the class who has ever seen the professor's brain?" The still standing student asks; swinging his arm in an arc to encompass the entire room. The class is now openly laughing. "Is there anyone here who has ever heard the professor's brain, felt it, touched or smelt it?" The laughter subsides and the student pauses to hear an answer. "There is none and thus 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 dead silent. The professor stares at the student, his face unfathomable. After a moments thought, the professor says, "I guess you'll have to take them on faith, son." "Thank you, sir, for being honest. The link between man and God is FAITH and without faith, it is impossible to please God.