A Scientist's Journey from Atheism to Faith
LECTURE BY SY GARTE • September 28, 7:30 - 9:00 pm PDT
Regent College in partnership with Corpus Christi and St. Mark’s College
This talk focused Dr. Garte's early upbringing in atheism, his indoctrination into a scientific worldview, and the beginnings of his questioning of materialism based on quantum physics and molecular biology. He included examples from physics such as the Heisenberg uncertainty principle, the observer effect, quantum entanglement, and the complexity of biochemical systems such as protein synthesis, photosynthesis and abiogenesis. Dr. Garte discussed how these scientific findings made him question pure materialism and begin to wonder if being agnostic about God was more rational than strict atheism.
Sy (Seymour) Garte, PhD in biochemistry, has been a tenured professor at New York University, Rutgers University, and the University of Pittsburgh, Division Director at the Center for Scientific Review of the National Institutes of Health, and interim vice president for research at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He is currently visiting professor of pharmacology and toxicology at Rutgers University. He has published over two hundred peer-reviewed scientific papers and four books.
This event was co-sponsored by the Canadian Scientific & Christian Affiliation (CSCA), a fellowship of scientists and those interested in science, who want to understand how science should best interact with the life-giving Christian tradition.