Interviewed in the new issue of Rolling Stone, philanthropist and Microsoft founder Bill Gates acknowledges that the world is “overwhelmingly amazing and there’s no scientific explanation of how it all came about.”
“To say that it was generated by random numbers, that does seem, you know, sort of an uncharitable view.
“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.”
Gates’ wife is Catholic and has raised their three children in that church, which he also attends.
They have placed $36 billion of their personal fortune, now valued at $76 billion, in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The philanthropy targets global problems that seem likely to be resolvable with relatively small investments. An early effort was eradication of malaria by means of $10 mosquito nets. Current focuses include the elimination of polio from several countries where it is still a problem and improving food and nutrition, including agricultural production, especially in Africa.
What decisions do you make differently in life because you believe in God?