Is bill gates religious

William Henry “Bill” Gates is a rich man. His projected wealth, some 65  billion measured in US dollars, equivalents the annual GDP of Ecuador, and possibly a bit more than that of Croatia. By this slightly crude criterion, the founder of Microsoft is worth 2 Kenyas, 3 Trinidads & a dozen or so Montenegros. Not bad for a college drop out.

Gates is also mortal, though some of his admirers might find that hard to trust, and as they say, there are no pockets in shrouds. So he is now involved in the process of ridding himself of all that currency in the hope of extending the lives of others less blessed than himself.

“I’m surely well taken care of in terms of foodstuff & clothes,” he says, unnecessarily. “Money has no utility to me afar a certain point. Its utility is completely on building an organization and getting the assets out to the poorest in the world.”

Bill Gates on Religion

Gates has talked to November 1995 on PBS by David Frost. Below is the record with minor edits.

Frost: Do you trust in the Sermon on the Mount?

Gates: I don't. I'm not someone who goes to church on an even basis. The exact elements of Christianity are not something I'm a vast believer in. There's a lot of merit in the moral features of religion. I think it can have a very helpful impact.

Frost: I occasionally say to people, do you trust there is a god, or do you recognize there is a god? And, you'd say you don't see?

Gates: In terms of doing things I take a justly scientific approach to why things happen & how they happen. I don't recognize if there's a god or not, but I think spiritual principles are quite valid.

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Do you trust in God?

I agree with persons like Richard Dawkins that manhood felt the need for formation myths. Before we actually began to understand disease & the weather and things like that, we required false clarifications for them. Now science has filled in certain of the realm not all that religion used to fill. But the mystery and the loveliness of the world is overwhelmingly remarkable, and there's no scientific clarification of how it came about. To say that it was made by random numbers, that does seem, you know, sort of a hurtful view [laughs]. I think it makes sense to trust in God, but exactly what decision in your life you make inversely because of it, I don't know.

You're a technologist, but a lot of your work currently with the foundation has a moral length. Has your thinking about the value of belief changed over the years?

The moral systems of belief, I think, are super important. We've upraised our children in a religious manner; they have gone to the church that Melinda Gates goes to & I participate in. I've been very lucky, & therefore I owe it to try and decrease the unfairness in the world. And that's kind of a religious belief. I mean, it's at slightest a moral trust.