Monday, January 15, 2007

Could God have used evolution?

Eric wrote:
I think personally that God created the universe indirectly, meaning that he used science, like the Big Bang. I mean, let's face it, if you believe in God, when's the last time you ever saw him come down here on a cloud? He doesn't do things himself.

by definition, all things in this universe would be possible for a transdimensional, omnipotent, and omniscient intelligent agent (namely, god) - the big bang, evolution, music, art, even the very nature of essence. could said intelligent agent therefor employ evolution as the means of creation? absolutely. can we prove or disprove this? absolutely not. it is important to note that evolution and religion - specifically christian religion - are not mutually exclusive. as einstein noted, science in general and religion only cause conflict whenever religious ideas "contain dogmatically fixed statements on subjects which belong in the domain of science." the christian god has been silent on the physical means of creation; in their pursuit for religious understanding, only the extreme fundamentalists presuppose a mapping from the divine to the earthly, which causes the conflict with the scientific realm.

"everyone who is seriously involved in the pursuit of science becomes convinced that a spirit is manifest in the laws of the Universe-a spirit vastly superior to that of man." — excerpt from einstein's letter to a child who asked if scientists pray, january 24, 1936; einstein archive 42-601


Tuesday, January 02, 2007

On proving God

I was perusing some boards today and came across a post where an atheist claims that science disproves God. Being both a Christian and a scientist, I found this statement somewhat laughable. God is neither provable nor disprovable. That's the simple truth. That being said, science and Christianity can and do coexist peacefully. God can work through science. Consider, for example, the notion that we are existing in a Martix-like world - living our lives inside a simulator, per se. Would we be aware that our world is indeed simulated? No. Could we reason about, prove, or even comprehend what lies beyond our reality? No. Not without interaction from the "outside". The Bible documents such interaction, but there may be flaws passed down through generations, or other instances of interactions completely undocumented. But that doesn't matter. The possibility of our own world running in such a simulated environment, or even the executor of said simulated environment (namely God) would never be able to be proved or disproved. Whether we choose to believe that others have interacted with the "outside" is completely up to us, but "science" would never be able to reason about such things - only philosophers could.