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A Debate of the Age..............

We thought that we would have our first blog post to focus on what we consider one of the debates of the age: Can science prove the existence of God?

The past couple of weeks you have probably heard on the news about the book The Grand Design, written by renowned theoretical physicist, cosmologist and mathematician Stephen Hawking.

From reports about the book he basically says that one does not need the concept of God to explain science. Hawking never once in his book claims without a doubt that there is no God. And he never gives anyone reason to doubt the existence of God. Nor does he make any claim that would belittle anyone's belief in any God of their choice. He simply explains how the universe could have come into being without God's help. He stated that the origin of everything could be explained by the law of gravity being in existence. However the misunderstanding of what he was apparently trying to say has also revealed the age old debate of faith vs. science.

Throughout history you have seen where in some scientific circles the idea of an outside force having anything to do with the physical world is ludicrous. On the other hand you have also seen religious leaders persecute scientists for discovering things that nowadays are accepted scientific knowledge.

We believe there are people that love science that have no angst against the idea of a God or anything religious. They are just trying to figure out what is going on with the world we live in through the eyes of science. Some scientists that believe in a God may actually try and see if science will ever prove the existence of God.

Since the beginning of the 20th century through research it has been discovered that scientific knowledge doubles approximately every five years. Will this increase in scientific knowledge eventually prove the existence of God?

What do you think?

1 comment :

Ernest L Sewell, IV said...

I'm not sure science can prove the existence of God. I think anything that we learn on a scientific level seems to prove that there is a god in general. If God is omnipresent, being everywhere at the time, then anything science is already looking at is God.

Hawking should have made his claim more clear in that he wasn't disproving God, but rather saying the universe could have come into being without the assistance of God; if for no other reason than to provoke a larger discussion rather than the old debate of God vs. Science.

I do believe there is a great amount of happenstance in the world that happens on its own. God set things in motion, giving gulf streams a flow, giving the very earth it's rotation, the tide's ebb and flow - all these things are built of gravity as well (either partially or dependent). I believe most of those things happen as part of "nature", or the universe acting as God set it up to happen. Sure, man has altered some things by pollution, etc. God put man in charge of earth, and our dominance over it has had consequences, good and bad.

Will science ever prove God exists? I'm not sure it's science's place to do so. To some, it probably seems logical that if God's existence were to be proven at all, that the scientific route would be the natural and, perhaps only, plausible path.

I remember in the 90's when astronauts were in space, specifically looking for heaven. Who ever told them it was in space?

It's seems rather backwards to know God performed miracles 7000 years ago, whether it was a pillar of fire type structure in the sky, a burning bush, or otherwise, and yet over the centuries, man has then reversed his thinking and suddenly needed proof. I wonder how much more time will pass before the majority questions events like WWI, WWII, the Holocaust, or the invention of penicillin.