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?


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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!

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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?

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BrightsHello, I am writing a littlepiece on the "rise of the brights" for a small coffee house newspaperin San Diego called the Espresso. I am trying to determine how seriousthis "movement" is and what implications might result if more people"come out" into the open with their assertion that "I am also abright"; I am someone who does not believe in "ghosts, elves, or theEaster Bunny--or God." (to quote Dennett from the NYTimes). I amcurrently reading wherePolkinhorne notes that the works of Dennett and Dawkins are more of aproblem for the secularists than the Christian Church. I think I seewhat he means, but I wonder if he could elaborate on that pointspecifically, and in relation to this "bright" movement. In particular,is the name "bright" simply arrogant and snobby or is it a legitimatetitle replacing all the negatives terms used hitherto, e.g.,non-believer, Godless, Atheist, etc.? Furthermore, if its just a namechange, is there any reason to make such a fuss?

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Can we seetruth? I am a young adultnovelist, and I like to lace my tales with something for young pliableminds to consider, though the story always exceeds the theology. Acommon theme is the examination of perception and how it helps/hindersour pursuit of what is ultimately true. I have noticed ,and Dr. Polkinghorne mentioning Freud, but not in any depth on thesubject of which I'm most intruged, that is, Freud's theory that we seeall through the tinted glass of perception. I feel he carries thisconcept to extremes by implying that our "wish faculties," if I may,will always exceed our desire to see truth clearly and will annihilateit. I just would like to hear Dr. Polkinghorne or yourself rescue usfrom this dilemma of perception in our quest for pure "knowing," lessrelative to sciences than to theology and psychology.

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If Dennett and Harris are almost-scientists (Dennett runs a multidisciplinary scientific-philosophic program), the authors of half a dozen aggressively secular volumes are card carriers: In Moral Minds, Harvard biologist Marc Hauser explores the —nondivine— origins of our sense of right and wrong (September); in Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast (due in January) by self-described "atheist-reductionist-materialist" biologist Lewis Wolpert, religion is one of those impossible things; Victor Stenger, a physicist-astronomer, has a book coming out titled God: The Failed Hypothesis. Meanwhile, Ann Druyan, widow of archskeptical astrophysicist Carl Sagan, has edited Sagan's unpublished lectures on God and his absence into a book, The Varieties of Scientific Experience, out this month.