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Article: Ruling Out the Possibility of God?

In late September, early October, I read this article on Yahoo titled: Will Science Someday Rule Out the Possibility of God?  I was intrigued by the title of the article that I clicked the link (http://news.yahoo.com/science-someday-rule-possibility-god-115945479.html) and began to read the article.  The article states that “over the last few centuries, science has gradually chipped away the traditional grounds for believing in God.”  Yes, science has evaluated some of the beliefs and traditions about God, I do not deny that fact.  The article continues with: “Much of what once seemed mysterious — the existence of humanity, the life-bearing perfection of Earth, the workings of the universe — can now be explained by biology, astronomy, physics and other domains of science.”  The sciences have helped us to understand the existence of humanity and to understand who we are as a person and flesh.  The answers are provided by the sciences, but the mystery still remains on certain things in our lives.  Reason and understanding have helped in the development of how God relates to us and how we relate to God.

Sean Carroll in the article argues that God’s sphere of influence has shrunk drastically in modern times, as physics and cosmology have expanded in their ability to explain the origin and evolution of the universe.  Through these sciences, we can disprove God and in the near future, we can prove that God does not exist.  This is an interesting statement from a person who appears to have no faith.  Reason and science are needed to help one understand the plan of God’s creation, but faith is needed to have a complete understanding of who God is.  When faith, believing in something without seeing it, is taken out of the equation, then this view takes hold in a person’s life.  There are things that science can never discover, an example is the human incarnation of the soul.  I do not think science will find an answer to that mystical question; God appears to be the only one to know the answer to that question.  Many in modern society see God as a “belief in the afterlife that helps people grieve and staves off fears of death.”  A supernatural view.

This article was interesting for me to read in the mist of my second year of theology preparing to begin my pastoral year, where I will attempt to teach others on who God is and how He fits in our lives as human beings.  This article shows that people have mixed views and understanding of God.  And for me, a person of faith in this God I do not see but know and love intimately, this makes me evaluate how I see the sciences and how they prove the existence of God.  My views are not going to change, but this is the mentality of some of the people that I will attempt to minister to soon.  I pray the Lord will give me the strength to continue on this path towards priesthood to be a faithful minister to His people.

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One comment on “Article: Ruling Out the Possibility of God?

  1. I dislike the ‘God of the gaps’ argument, where it’s argued that God is real because of something that science hasn’t explained with evidence. I find it hard to reason why science can’t answer questions on subjects such as the soul or even the meaning of life (the latter could be answered in several scientific ways, the former could be answered soon depending on your definition of soul).

    I agree with you however on the point that there will probably never be an eventual time where science completely rids us of an idea of God. There are places in this world for religion and cultural leaders and always should be. Especially in human and social matters.

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