In a recent interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft and one the richest men in the world, talks about attending a Catholic Church. Gates discussed on how he and his wife Melinda raise their children in the Catholic faith, on how faith and religious morality inspire their charitable works.
“The moral systems of religion, I think, are superimportant. We’ve raised our kids in a religious way; they’ve gone to the Catholic church that Melinda goes to and I participate in. I’ve been very lucky, and therefore I owe it to try and reduce the inequity in the world. And that’s kind of a religious belief. I mean, it’s at least a moral belief.” told Rolling Stone when asked if his valuing of Religion has evolved over time.
When asked directly if he believes in God, gates responded: “I agree with people like Richard Dawkins that mankind felt the need for creation myths. Before we really began to understand disease and the weather and things like that, we sought false explanations for them. Now science has filled in some of the realm – not all – that religion used to fill. But the mystery and the beauty of the world is overwhelmingly amazing, and there’s no scientific explanation of how it came about. To say that it was generated by random numbers, that does seem, you know, sort of an uncharitable view [laughs]. 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 stepped down from his active role in Microsoft in 2000 to focus more on charitable works through the “Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation”. The organization focuses on heath and sanitation in developing countries and educational projects in the U.S. , While the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is one of the largest private charities in the world, its promotion of contraceptives and abortion, especially in Africa, are at odds with Catholic Social Teaching.
To read the full interview with Rolling Stone in their March 27, 2014 issue, go here