Can science prove or disprove the existence of God?
Except for the question of 'settled science,' because it's not settled and if anything, keeps advancing toward an undeniable conclusion that a creator was behind creation.
So says, more or less, Fr. Robert Spitzer, Jesuit philosopher, educator, author and executive producer of Cosmic Origins, a fascinating new film that explores modern scientific theories about how the universe came to be. Spitzer was my guest on radio Friday for a compelling hour.
He said the eight scientists featured in the film based their dialogue around the fundamental question 'What is the evidence for God from physics?' The answer is plenty, so much in fact, that "today there's more evidence than you can possible imagine," he stated. Then he added "Stephen Hawking kind of left them all out."
He said scientific atheism is not scientific at all. And agnosticism can come from honest naturalism, and kind of stay there. "They won't move to a supernatural explanation unless they've exhausted every other natural explanation," he explained, and of course they'll never be able to do that.
But a most interesting thing happened at Stephen Hawking's 70th birthday party last January as assembled guests celebrated and conversed. Spitzer pointed to Lisa Grossman's article in New Scientist to elaborate, but you need a subscription for more than the preview. Here's more:
Grossman's article was the first resource Spitzer pointed to. I'm happy to direct folks to his book as well, New Proofs for the Existence of God, in which he presents peer-review physics studies, "string theory, quantum cosmology, mathematical thoughts on infinity" and more, in an easily digestible collection of evidence. Spitzer, founder and president of the Magis Institute, also highly recommends Stephen Barr's Modern Physics and Ancient Faith, reviewed here in First Things.
Seems to me that's a very important note, "unsubstantiated faith among physicists" who willfully hold to their beliefs in spite of growing evidence that counters or at least questions them.
Alas, it will continue. But with a fascinating compilation of new data all the time adding to the pool of scientific evidence. Last week the headlines touted the discovery of the 'God particle,' which Spitzer explained has nothing to do with God but everything to do with marketing. The New York Times explains more here.
Cool stuff, but the coolest of all is the fullest possible exploration of available evidence in the world at the moment. When you're open to that, you're open to everything, God and all.
Sheila Gribbens Liaugminas. "Can science prove or disprove the existence of God?" Mercatornet (July 8, 2012).
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Sheila Gribbens Liaugminas is an Emmy award-winning Chicago journalist with extensive experience in both secular and religious journalism. Her writing and broadcasting covers matters of the Church, faith, culture, politics and the media. For more than twenty years she reported for Time magazine out of the Midwest Bureau in Chicago — and at WMAQ-TV, Chicago's NBC-owned station, she was co-host of the program 'YOU'. She has hosted three radio programs, "The Right Questions" and "Issues & Answers" for Relevant Radio, and "America's Lifeline" on the Salem network. Sheila currently is the Host of "A Closer Look", an hour long news analysis program on Relevant Radio and serves as the Network News Director. She can be heard reading the Sunday Gospel and doing narratives on www.H2oNews.org in the English edition. She has been published in the Chicago Tribune, Crisis Magazine, National Catholic Register, Catholic New World, MercatorNet and the National Review Online.
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