If God Is Dead, Why Is Science Sill Trying To Kill Him!

OK, science has never officially declared it’s out to kill God. Rather, we are told scientists “simply follow the facts.” Somehow, though, these facts always seem to lead to what we are told is a far more rational definition about ourselves than any irrational delusions about a creator.

So let me get this straight. Seeing ourselves as a divine creation by a loving god is better replaced by seeing ourselves as a genetic accident by an indifferent evolution…? Being a highly evolved form of planetary slime is somehow more rational than being the noble creature as portrayed in the Greek Pantheon, Michelangelo’s David, and Shakespeare’s Hamlet…?

My ego has a problem with that. More to the point, so does my mind.

To blithely presume this vast complex universe is all the handiwork of some benevolent parent-figure in the heavens is a bit irrational, I grant. But what appears even more irrational is that all this accidentally happened with some purposeless bang some inexplicable14 billion years ago. Not only “faith” but “probability” suggests the first guess may be just a tad more reasonable than the second.

Checking the facts, we find this is exactly the way 99% of the peoples of the earth have guessed too. Ever since humanity crawled out of the seas and climbed down from the trees, it has worshiped gods. The guess — the intense probability — has always been that we are each so small that there must be something much bigger than us to all this.

Every morning you struggle out of bed and stare into your morning mirror — well, it’s pretty likely you feel the same way.

At various times we’ve called it Ra, Apollo, Jehovah, Jesus. Allah. The name and the details are not important. The concept is. The entirely rational concept that we are not the alpha and omega of all we survey. The entirely reasonable assumption that everything has a beginning and everything has a purpose. The entirely defensible postulate that this beginning flows from some enormous creative force by which you and I have some reason for being here.

Regardless of how much or how little of this one accepts, there often remains a knotty issue that complicates every discussion of God and Science: Which is right? But of course, that’s the wrong question. If there is a God, then surely Science is one of his plans; if there is no God, then Science has a very long way to go in explaining all of this and all of us. Either way, the question becomes irrelevant

The best answer is that both God and Science co-exist. Within all of us. Humanity’s history demonstrates that a belief in divinity is not at all incompatible with the practice of science. Scientists who believe in a God are doing science everyday. And making progress every day.

So even if the Richard Dawkins, Sam Harrises and Bill Mahers of our times persist in doubting this co-existence, that’s OK. Because their lives like ours continue to flourish as a consequence of such everyday co-existence. In people say like the remarkable Steve Jobs.

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  • Great, thoughtful article, Jack. I do disagree, though, that scientists are out to disprove that God exists. That would be outside the realm of what science can do. It is only interested in what can be proven or disproven through natural processes. It should not delve into the supernatural. That's why something like intelligent design is fraudulent. By the same token, the same would be true of any scientist who claims he can disprove the existence of a god

    As for why people throughout history have believed in some sort of god, it's something that happens once we become conscious of our own mortality. We need to know why. Understanding cause and effect has been essential to our survival, so it's natural that we would we would seek a cause -- in this case, a reason for our existence. To that effect, I've always felt that you separate science as the mechanism that seeks to explain the "how", while God/religion strive to explain the "why". There's no reason that both can't co-exist.

  • John ~ You say what you say very well...and even despite some differences, I rather think we agree more than disagree...I suspect there's room for both God & Science...if indeed they are not simply the very same thing.

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