As a science student i am constantly being bombarded in my studies by methods of planning experiments, testing hypotheses and figuring out results. This had me thinking, as an atheist i hold there is no god, but what exactly could prove me wrong?
Firstly here are commonly put forward ‘proofs’ that are most certainly not considered scientifically appropriate:
-The Bible. There is no historical, archeological or physical evidence to support the godly events of the bible. Certainly some aspects will be based upon real historical events, but anything ‘god’ related has no support in science. In fact science moves against the bible showing its inconsistencies.
-Miracles. Just because we can’t explain something it doesn’t mean it is a miracle- it means we do not understand it. Want to try explaining Quantum Electrodynamics to someone from 1000AD? Good luck.
-Diversity in ‘creation.’ Evolution is a fact. Anyone who says it is not supported by science is plain wrong. There is archeological, experimental, and not to mention logical evidence that supports this. As someone who has studied natural selection, let me say there is enough ‘push factors’ to produce the amazing diversity we see today.
-Beauty, art, ethics, morals etc. Anything that uses what are human creations to prove god, has no merits. We perceive things as humans beings through our psychological and social evolution. Some of what was seen as wrong 500 years ago now is seen as right, and of course the other way round. Morals and ethics change. This has no bearing on god.
With that out of the way, what then do i consider to be proof? Well im having a hard time thinking of any. Let us for instance, consider what you may be thinking i would consider proof- visual conformation. Afterall if god comes down and speaks to me, and we can rule out delusions and hallucinations (not an easy thing to do) then he (she, it?) must exist…right?
…Well no, i do not think it is that simple. In a recent comment to another blogger, i made the ‘Stargate’ statement, inspired by the sci-fi show. This goes along the lines that, like in the show, an alien race with sufficiently advanced technology, could (and to many would) appear as god(s). In fact any alien race advanced enough for interstellar travel (that didn’t take lifetimes) would most certainly appear like they had god like abilities, that is unless we embrace the idea that just because we don’t understand something, it doesn’t mean it is god.
For instance take nuclear fusion. To tell someone from a less advanced era that the very same substance that makes up the water we drink is the very same substance that sustains the Sun, would of course appear like nonsense. But more to the point upon demonstrating this, or the vast energy of nuclear weapons, it would appear we had the destructive power of the gods. Afterall we do, though we may not like to think about it, have the power to destroy this earth, just as we have the power to artificially create life (though not out of nothing of course).
These last two points, human power over creation and destruction, is a point that makes religious people uncomfortable. This is understandable of course, coming from a faith where god has this power and god only. However i think that we must embrace this knowledge, not be repulsed by it.
In conclusion i do not believe it will ever be possible, at least to myself, to prove god’s existence, though i am sure it will be interesting finding out.
PLEASE SUBSCRIBE AND COMMENT
IMAGE: Public domain