Our grasp of our world is in flux

  • Article by: CRAIG R. LANG
  • Updated: August 3, 2012 - 9:15 PM

Science adapts as new understanding becomes available. That doesn't invalidate it.

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brucelieAug. 4, 12 9:13 AM

According to science, the dead cannot rise. According to Scripture Jesus rose from the dead and proclaims the reward of eternal life to all who obey him. Scripture speaks of a coming New Creation...this present earth is a shadow of a glorious future. Sure this present creation appears old, and death appears final. But Scripture states plainly otherwise, and Jesus rose from the dead to prove it.

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owatonnabillAug. 4, 12 9:15 AM

"For me, religious faith does not conflict with scientific discovery, nor with scientific models of the physical world. God does just fine as a loving creator and a personal spiritual force in my life." .......... Excellent. And overall a very good commentary. Science, after all, is merely a process of understanding, and that understanding can and should evolve as we discover more and more about whatever it is that we're studying. I've often thought that it would have been MUCH easier to be an atheist when less was known about our natural world rather than more. For instance, the cutting edge of "science" in ancient Greece was that everything was composed in whole or in part of only four "elements"; earth, air, fire, and water, rather than the 118 elements currently contained in the periodic table. Much easier, I would think, to assume things just happened spontaneously when dealing with the four rather than the 118. And it is that way no matter which science you'd care to name. The mathematical complexity and data-transmitting power of a single strand of human DNA is almost beyond our comprehension--MUCH easier to believe in spontaneous generation when DNA was unknown. Is it possible that, the more we know about science, the more we know about the mind of God?

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sundialAug. 4, 12 9:30 AM

Science tell us how, not why. Religion tells us why, but guesses.

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gimbelAug. 4, 12 9:38 AM

"Is it possible that, the more we know about science, the more we know about the mind of God?"

What proof can you offer that there IS a god? Until you've established scientifically that god exists, you're making stuff up and calling it faith. Or, you're relying on the bible, which is a collection of myths and legends, all of them unproveable.

If this is something others need to make their way through life, fine. I choose to rely on science rather than the supernatural.

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my4centsAug. 4, 1210:27 AM

"What proof can you offer that there IS a god?"

I'd say that the existence of life points to a higher being. The existence of the earth and it's perfect environment to allow and sustain life points to a higher being. The complexity of life as pointed out by owatonnabill points to a higher being. You ask for proof - I'll do the same. Prove to the rest of us that God does not exist. Explain to us how the universe came into existence - science has "adapted" to the point where most all scientists believe there was a beginning. What caused that big bang or whatever you choose to call it? Our scientific knowledge has multiplied based on the idea that there is order and logic to our world and universe. What brought about this order from the chaos you seem to believe in?

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jackster4Aug. 4, 1211:44 AM

Until you've established scientifically that god exists, you're making stuff up and calling it faith........ "Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see." Hebrews 11:1

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galpagospeteAug. 4, 1211:48 AM

"According to science, the dead cannot rise..." Really? What exactly is the scientific theory that states that "the dead cannot rise"? Because doctors raise the dead every day. "Jesus rose from the dead..." No, there is a book that makes such a claim. There is no good evidence that such a person even existed, never mind had miraculous powers or rose from the dead.

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galpagospeteAug. 4, 1212:02 PM

"MUCH easier to believe in spontaneous generation when DNA was unknown." The kind of spontaneous generation to which you're referring is the sudden appearance of *modern* life forms from some sort of organic material, or even from mud. No educated person has accepted that as being true since the mid-19th century. When modern – not ancient Greek – science refers to abiogenesis, it is in reference to the chemical origin of the precursors of life on Earth, not to clams being generated by mud, or insects from decaying leaves; either of those things occurring would be a miracle, and would completely falsify evolution. Before science began coming up with explanations for natural phenomena that did not require magic, it was indeed far easier to justify a belief in gods.

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galpagospeteAug. 4, 1212:10 PM

"I'd say that the existence of life points to a higher being." Then you'd have to explain *why* you believe that. All the existence of life points to is the existence of life; it says *nothing* about *how* life began. "Prove to the rest of us that God does not exist." We don't have to; we're not the ones making a claim, you are, so it's up to you to defend your claim and convince us of its truth; it isn't up to us to disprove it. The burden of proof is *always* on the person of the person making the claim. "Explain to us how the universe came into existence...What caused that big bang or whatever you choose to call it?" Don't know, and we may never know, but even if we never find out that in no way supports a belief in gods.

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dakmarknetAug. 4, 1212:31 PM

More people have died at the hands of religious zealots that all of the soldiers in all of the wars. How's that for proof of God existing?

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