Believing in God today
In 2007, the New York Times asked several noted writers and artists whether they believed in a god or deity. Five said yes; six answered no; and seven placed themselves somewhere in between.
In response, writer Jonathan Franzen said, “God’s not like some chief executive sitting at a control panel, calling all the shots. At the same time, I think there’s a reality beneath what we can see with our eyes and experience with our senses. There’s ultimately something mysterious and un-materialistic about the world. Something large and awe-inspiring and unknowable” (NYT).
A few of the people polled admitted to having a firmer belief in their branch of organized religion than the abstract concept of “God.” Others believe in a larger power, but are reluctant to put a label on it. Clearly, everyone’s idea of God is a little bit different — and it seems unlikely that science will be able to wipe out each and every person’s belief in a higher power.
What do you think?
Science is one of the most important aspects of our society today. It has allowed us to cure diseases, explore outer space and drastically improve our quality of life. But it is only one facet of the human experience.
Do you believe in God or science — or both? Will biology and physics someday erase our need to believe in God, or is the human tendency towards religion something that will never be overtaken by data and statistics? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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