Stenger has proven that God is an unnecessary and failed hypothesis.
I am a 4th yearmedical studentand consider myself very intellectual(multiple awards and papers etc) yet I have always found a faith inGod. I never saw science and religion conflicting(perhapsthis is due to the generation I have come from--I am only 27) soscience/evolution/the big bang have always been part of myscientific lexicon. However there are times when I doubt myfaithand I was wondering if you could help by answering some of thequesitons I have below--
1) Why did God only reveal himself directly (through miracles/his son)in the biblical age and not the modern age. Surelyif Godwanted all of us to know him he would not have just revealed himself toa specific age of man. Why then become reculsiveandelusive after an age of revealing. If the answer is b/c offreewill then what of the free will of those who were privy to any of thenumber of the biblical stories, did they have the free will to chooseto worship. Basically I am asking--doesn't the suddendisappearnece of his direct influence in our lives argue for the bibleas allegory rather than history?
2) I sometimes worry that I only believe because I want to think thereis meaning to my being here, or that I have such a love of life and ofmy fiance that I could not fathom the concept of being erased fromexistence one day. How am I to be sure/how are any of us tobesure that we are not just taking our most basic fears and assinginghope to where there is none. That in order to make thischaotictransient existence we have not developed (artifically)purpose/longevity/everlasting life where there is none.
3) If any of us in the modern age had not been brought up by familieswith a faithful tradition would we have come to God on ourown. In other words--if there had been no Bible--no oral/writtentradition--how many of us would come to believe in a supreme being inan age of scientific explanations?
4) Are there many other people out there like JohnPolkinghorne. I do not mean physicists who have become clergy(asI am sure this is the exception rather than the rule). What Imean is are there still faithful scientists who see that their faithand relgion are nto in conflict. Recent polls indicate that40%of American scientists believe--but that number drops when the label ofpreeminant scientist is attached to less than 10% (and I believe thisnumber is lower overall if one looks into non-americanscientists). How is faith to endure when scientists havebecoemthe clergy of the 21st century? Are there people liek Johnwhocan make this a reality or is this the last gasp in a dying tradition?
GOD THE FAILED HYPOTHESIS HOW SCIENCE SHOWS …
God The Failed Hypothesis How Science Shows That …
Godoutside Time I am a lifelongCatholic, and have recently encountered an agnostic whose questions areparticularly difficult for me to answer. Having challenged me to find aChristian physicist, he also wants me to account for how humans canhave free will and have a God that is omniscient at the same time. Hisargument is that if God knows what we will do before we do it, then ourfree will is gone because God cannot be wrong. I've tried using timearguments, but his argument is that if God exists outside of time, Hedoes not exist. I would love to have some kind of solid scientific andreligious information to present to him, so if you could help me out, Iwould really appreciate it!
God The Failed Hypothesis How Science Shows That God …
Multiverseand Understanding of GodThe theoretical physicist Max Tegmark has written somestimulatingpapers on the idea that the implications of quantum mechanics and alsothe assumption that space is infinite both lead to a view of creationas a multiverse, in which all possibilities are realised. What doesthis imply for our understanding of God and indeed for arguments aboutHis existence? Presumably if all logical possibilities are realisedthen at least one cosmos exists in which God either comes into being oris present from 'the beginning'. And if there is an infinite array ofuniverses, in whatever sense we understand this, then an infinitenumber will 'contain' God. However, presumably the same argument wouldlead to the reality of an infinite number of universes that do /not/... Multiverse ideas seem to be gaining ground, so what has thetheological response been?