When one has the view that God – as in the Creator-God of Judaism and Christianity – does not exist, one unknowingly must “worship” other gods. Those who hold to this view insist that they are of a somehow superior intellect. They insist that nothing that can’t be “proven” using the scientific method is real. God cannot be proven, therefore God is not real.
Among the best treatment of this I have seen is this, from “krietsauce” (http://kreitsauce.wordpress.com/).
“I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not a scientist. I don’t have a degree in one of the sciences, I don’t teach science, and I’m not an expert in any particular scientific field. The only “science” I am skilled in is computer science. I do have a love for reading about scientific discoveries, and I have always had a love for astronomy. All that being said, there are a few things that even I, a lowly school teacher, know that science can’t do. I’ve decided to put this in a list form to make this a relatively easy read.
- Science cannot analyze or explain things that are neither matter nor energy.
- Science cannot analyze or explain abstract concepts such as love, truth, and beauty. It may analyze the effects of such concepts on a person physiologically or statistically, but it can’t empirically examine such things.
- Science cannot identify the origin of the universe. If it assumes it was created by the eternal God, then it is assuming a supernatural act which falls outside of the boundaries of science. If it assumes that Darwinism is correct then it is assuming an eternal universe, which is in contradiction to the understanding of modern science. In either case, an assumption is made.
- Science cannot identify the purpose for the universe.
- Science cannot analyze or explain things that exist outside of our universe. (If you happen to believe in a multiverse, I would further explain that I mean things outside of ALL universes.)
- Science cannot set moral or ethical boundaries (although moral and ethical boundaries can be set using the information that arises from science.)
- Science and the scientific process cannot be employed independently of moral and ethical boundaries, biases, and opinions.
- Science cannot prove that something does not exist using inductive reasoning.
- Science cannot state anything with absolute certainty. New information may (and almost always does) arise which changes our understanding of the natural world, which means that we only have maximum certainty that things are true.
- Science cannot prescribe what must always happen in the universe. It can onlydescribe what does generally happen in the universe. Ergo, supernatural events do not “break” the laws of nature. This does not mean that a “God in the gaps” method of looking at the universe should be accepted. It simply means that miracles should not be discounted simply because they have not been observed happening in our world today.
My point is that there is NO conflict between science and Christianity. I can believe in the law of gravity and the resurrection of Jesus Christ without compromise. The realconflict (if you can call it that) is not between the Christian and the scientist but between the Christian and the materialist. It all comes down to worldviews, not reason.”
Amen! I have no idea who kiretsauce is, but he (she?) and I are completely in agreement on these points.
The loud and obnoxious atheistic scientists (and pseudo-scientists) rail against metaphysics, philosophy and religion. They deny the existence of anything spiritual or supernatural. They tell us that science has proven this or that, when in truth, they started with the “no God” assumption, then found (surprise, surprise!) supporting evidence for it. The truth is that they could have started with the “God is” assumption and found even more – and better – evidence for that. But as krietsauce says, it all comes down to world views. And whatever one we settle on, we will never be 100% sure of it. Even Mother Theresa struggled with her faith from time to time! And there will be things we don’t understand. We will never know it all. But that’s OK. As Rich Warren says, there’s a lot he doesn’t understand about how digestion works, but that doesn’t keep him from eating a meal!
We all must make a basic assumption: God exists, or he does not. The question is, which one is true? And it is not just an important choice. It’s the most important one there is! On this one question hangs all of eternity.
And it’s a heads-you-win and tails-you-don’t lose proposition. Assume that God is, and if you end up being wrong, you still end up dead – you lost nothing. Ah, but if you’re right?
“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him” (1 Corinthians 2:9)