The article has the title “Will science will someday rule out the possibility of God?” It is a Livescience.com piece posted on Yahoo! in which I found nothing new. I felt a little duped by the end of it; sucked in by a title in the same way that many of you were enticed to reading this blog. So, rather than resurrecting the tired debate I’d rather focus on our reactions to the idea.
Did you experience at least a little fear? Scientists are so smart and persuasive that they have convinced many to question and even outright reject the idea of a supernatural being. The Christian community, even some of us that are scientists, effectively fights back in support the existence of God. But, it seems at times that more people lean toward believing misdirected scientists.
When I clicked it was more out of a professional curiosity. I was looking to see if something was discovered that could fool people yet again. So, admittedly, my immediate response is naturally aligned to refute the error, back arched and claws out. This is how I prepare myself against the experts, anyway. Maybe it’s because I’m afraid they’ll say something I’ll have trouble defending? After all, they only come at the debate of the existence of God from a scientific point of view. I had believed that until I came to the end of the article, at least:
Judged by the standards of any other scientific theory, the “God hypothesis” does not do very well, Carroll argues. But he grants that “the idea of God has functions other than those of a scientific hypothesis.”
Psychology research suggests that belief in the supernatural acts as societal glue and motivates people to follow the rules; further, belief in the afterlife helps people grieve and staves off fears of death.
“We’re not designed at the level of theoretical physics,” Daniel Kruger, an evolutionary psychologist at the University of Michigan, told LiveScience last year. What matters to most people “is what happens at the human scale, relationships to other people, things we experience in a lifetime.”
This time the scientist nailed it. Even if science comes up with a clever way to refute God’s existence – even for a time – science isn’t the only way people look for God. People are designed to be concerned more with what happens on the human scale, a scale with which everybody is equipped to find evidence firsthand. It’s a nice hint for some overreaching theologians too.
Anyway, I believe that since God made science it will always point to him whether or not people choose to see it. This article didn’t bring about fear for my own faith, but fear that it could mislead others.
What did you feel when you first read the title of this article?