What is it that breathes fire into the equations and makes a universe for them to describe? The usual approach of science of constructing a mathematical model cannot answer the questions of why there should be a universe for the model to describe. Why does the universe go to all the bother of existing?
preposterous miracle of existence! To whom has the world of opening day never come as an unbelievable sight? And to whom have the stars overhead and the hand and voice of nearby never appeared as unutterably wonderful, totally beyond understanding? I know no great thinker of any land or era who does not regard existence as the mystery of all mysteries.
To speak of “God” properly, then — to use the word in a sense consonant with the teachings of orthodox Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Sikhism, Hinduism, Bahá’í, a great deal of antique paganism, and so forth — is to speak of the one infinite source of all that is.
they must discover which of their basic actions will have which more remote effects in which circumstances - for example, which sequence of basic actions done in which circumstances will lead to a house being built, and which sequence will lead to a bomb being built. Only with this knowledge will they have a choice of whether to build houses or bombs.
[Without our imaginations], the merely arithmetical greatness of the galaxy would be no more impressive than the figures in a telephone directory. ... The silence of the eternal spaces terrified Pascal, but it was the greatness of Pascal that enabled them to do so. ... If the world in which we found ourselves were not vast and strange enough to give us Pascal's terror, what poor creatures we should be! Being what we are, rational but also animate ... I do not see how we could have come to know the greatness of God without that hint furnished by the greatness of the material universe. Once again, what sort of universe do we demand? If it were small enough to be cozy, it would not be big enough to be sublime.
“Of the extremely few places that aren't hard vacuum, most are too hot for chemical reactions to do very well—molecules get blasted apart before they can even properly form. Of the places that aren't too hot, most are too cold—reactions happen too slowly to get interesting things to occur in the first place."
“The presence of God will be for [nonresistant nonbelievers] like a light that – however much the degree of its brightness may fluctuate – remains on unless they close their eyes.”
God creates the vine and teaches it to draw up water by its roots and, with the aid of the sun, to turn that water into a juice which will ferment and take on certain qualities. Thus every year, from Noah's time till ours, God turns water into wine.