Bill Gates on God

When asked about his belief in God, in a Rolling Stone interview, Bill Gates, the world’s richest man, had this to say:

“I think it makes sense to believe in God, but exactly what decision in your life you make differently because of it, I don’t know.”

But then Mr. Gates agrees with “people like Richard Dawkins that mankind felt the need for creation myths” (full article here).

Mr. Gates is a decent man.  A brilliant mind.  A great innovator.  But his views on God are quite lacking.  For example, this can be seen in the disjuncture between belief in God and one’s ethics.

Perhaps Mr. Gates has that hermeneutic of doubt going on…

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12 Responses to Bill Gates on God

  1. Jon Hughes says:

    Perhaps he should also consider the words of C.S. Lewis that myth became fact!

  2. Simon says:

    Mythology does not mean an untrue story. It is a way that communities make sense of their lives. I have no problems with saying that the creation story found in the Hebrew Scriptures is mythology. It doesn’t mean that God didn’t create the world. It just isn’t the clunky concrete news report that some would want to say it is.

  3. Simon says:

    Btw TC, I don’t think that one has to believe in God to be moral. We are all created in the image of God and St Paul even says that there are some outside of Israel who keep the law. I have a higher anthropology than most Reformed 😉 I think the Scriptures do too 🙂

    • TC Robinson says:

      Correct. But correct belief in God will lead to corresponding ethics, whether you are Reformed or not. 😉

      • Simon says:

        I do believe that belief in the Christian God does bear fruit in the highest moral standard we can attain. Love for God and one another is the guiding principle for Christian ethics. But these characteristics are sometimes seen in non-Christians. 🙂

  4. TC Robinson says:

    Love for God, as Scripture defines it? C’mon, Simon!

    • Simon says:

      Of course! Orthodoxy is essential – as the Scriptures interpreted by the great Councils defines it. In other words: as the Church defines orthodoxy 😉

  5. Jon Hughes says:

    I would agree with the emphasis of both TC and Simon here. Both emphases can be found in Scripture itself. There will be a few surprises on the last day, I’m sure, as to who’s in and who’s out. Meanwhile, one lives with tension!

    • TC Robinson says:

      Jon, this brings us back to the whole question of whether God requires a person to know Jesus through his revealed gospel.

      • Jon Hughes says:


        It is doubtless important to stress the requirement to know Jesus through his revealed gospel, but I’m reminded of the “blessed of the Father” in Matthew 25 who didn’t even know that they were serving the Lord in doing what they were doing. C.S. Lewis was bold enough to suggest that they didn’t sound like Christians. And yet they inherited the kingdom.

        You can’t be too dogmatic about it, but there are enough glimpses of this sort of thing in Scripture to give us confidence of a wider hope.

  6. TC Robinson says:

    Jon, Lewis sure thought outside the box. But in the end all we have are the mercy and grace of God to rely on.

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