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Can science explain the existence of God.

Posted in Social by outfielder on March 16, 2010

As graduate students, my friend and I had all the time in the world to discuss topics ranging from college politics to international affairs, from beers to “desire” for healthy life and so on. Mostly, we are on the same platform, except while discussing science and religion. He is kind of an atheist (but with an open mind) and I am a believer (but not very spiritual).

The most compelling argument which atheists give is the theory of evolution. Though I belief in God but I also agree with theory of evolution (with few reservations). Our scientists have done great work to unravel the mysteries of our existence. An atheist brags about these evidences as proof that there is no God. If I would have to answer in William Coppers words, one of the greatest English poets of all time-“The absence of proof is not proof of absence”. The atheists say that they cannot prove a ‘negative’ i.e. something that do not exist -the null hypothesis (No existence of God). True, but null hypothesis do not mean that the hypothesis cannot exist, it suggest that based on the current understanding, the existence of null hypothesis is rare. I emphasize “based on current understanding”. But what disappoints me is the arrogance, or to fit best in this context- the ignorance of some adamant atheists, who are not ready to accept even the probability of existence of God. The history has seen many evidences which seemed compelling during that period but are obsolete in present time.

To quote C.S Lewis- “ If there is a controlling power outside the universe, it could not show Himself to us as one of the fact inside the universe- no more than an architect who build a house could actually show his presence in wall or staircase or fireplace in the house”. To my atheist friends this statement might look like an irrational philosophical approach of one of the several believers. You are right; he is a believer of God but to your amazement he was once a loyal atheist. He have utilized same rational mind that once driven him to become an atheist to write his book on “Mere Christianity”, where he acknowledges the presence of God and moral laws associated with religions.

Science of Exiestence

Some of the atheist leave no opportunity to point out theist as irrational and unintelligent fanatics who belief in His existence without scientific background. Science argues that for God to exist, He must exist in more than three dimensions of space and more than one dimension of time. If we just go by Bible, it says- ‘the universe cannot contain God’, indicating God must exist and operate in dimensions of space other than those to which we are confined. Similarly a verse from the book of Hebrews indicates ‘God created the universe out of some of the dimensions of space and time which are not visible to us’. Many holy books also suggests- God created time and was acting before time began, confirming that God exists in at least two dimensions of time. Physicists have recently proved at least ten dimensions of space existed at the time of creation of the universe. If the philosophies of Bible and other holy books were written by few fanatics as claimed by atheist, these guys seem to me as brilliant fanatics, to know the complicated theories of physics in those days, which our scientists took years to explore.

There are also compelling evidence from scientific community that our universe is ‘fine tuned’ to produce life. As mention by Dr. Hugh Ross in his book –The Creator and the Cosmos, if the balance between expansion and contraction of the Universe, or the ratio of the mass of the electron and proton were even minutely different from their present values, life could not exist, suggesting the existence of at least some supernatural force if not God (to please atheists).

Moral Code

Atheists also argue that God and religion are the cause of many social evils associated with our society. However we have to understand that it is not God or religion that creates such problems. No religion teaches violence, inhumanity, injustice. The people who (mis-) interpret or follow blindly without understanding thetrue philosophies behind religion are the main culprits. Despite the atrocities and injustice performed under name of religion, we cannot deny the fact that religion helps us in binding to moral laws. In one of the survey in canada alone in 2007, around 70% of theists were found “morally better” then atheists.

Finally I would wrap up by mentioning a small story which instigated me to write this blog-Francis S Collins, a renowned leader of Human Genome project, was once an atheist. However when he was asked to add few lines in Clintons opening speech, informing the world about the success of Human Genome Project, he added –“ Today we are learning the language in which God created life”.


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  1. Puja said, on March 17, 2010 at 6:38 am

    I believe that the atheist believes some thing that can be seen only through eyes. We can’t see god hence we questions the gods existence. But I ask all the atheist, can we see love, sympathy and many emotions..No!! That means these things don’t exist? But they do!!it just need senses to feel these emotions..Now assume all humans didn’t had ear n if a bell rings we won’t have been able to hear those ringing bells and have declared that sound didn’t existed but it exist..no matter how hard one tries to say a deaf person that the bell rings, he will fail to appreciate the meaning of sound..Only a cured deaf man can distinguish the difference and that’s why many atheists later turned to be theist can feel the difference of feeling existence of god and his non existence.

  2. Rodrigo Coelho said, on March 22, 2010 at 2:09 am

    I really would like to see this canadian survey… What “morally better” means?

  3. liberalcynic said, on March 25, 2010 at 1:47 am

    First of all, dropping names of various scientists with theistic leanings does little to prove the existence of a supreme being. The problem with theism is its circular logic: When an atheist asks, “If there is a god, why is there so much misfortune and suffering?”, he gets the answer, “God works in mysterious ways”. It is impossible to argue logically with such religious dogma.

    Please please give some link to this Canadian study. How was the term morally better defined? Were there controls for personal moods and circumstances before deciding that 70% of theists were morally better than atheists.

    @Puja: Atheists do not confine their belief system to sight alone. There are many intangible things whose existence can be felt in their effects, but we can actually establish a cause-and-effect chain in those cases. In the god scenario, there is no such logical evidence yet.

    Some people believe that religion has a calming influence in their lives. Maybe. But that does nothing to prove that religion is built on a true premise. As for your statement that religion has no intrinsic moral turpitude, let’s not forget that religion is nothing if not the people who follow it.

    Religion is built on an exclusionary principle. Quite simply, if you believe that a certain entity is god, and I don’t, how can that unite us? And if we disagree on such a fundamental principle, it would be mutually exclusive for us to take our religion seriously and coexist peacefully.

    It is entirely fallacious to suggest that each person has the right to their opinion as to the beginning, ending and running of the universe. Such democracy is not expected in other scientific concepts. You won’t respect my right to believe that gravity does not exist, or that plants don’t prepare carbohydrates from carbon dioxide and water. Why should we respectfully disagree on such important concepts? Shouldn’t one of us try to convince the other?

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