Here’s some news that the GOP won’t like: Sean Carroll, a theoretical cosmologist at the California Institute of Technology, believes that science will eventually be able to explain everything in the universe — as well as provide conclusive proof that there is no God.
God’s influence is waning
According to a Huffington Post article, “Carroll argues that God’s sphere of influence has shrunk drastically in modern times, as physics and cosmology have expanded in their ability to explain the origin and evolution of the universe.” With fewer unexplained natural phenomena, he believes that there is less need for humans to look towards a deity for answers.
While it’s true that religious figures and customs have less influence on popular culture than ever before in the western world (except for maybe in the months before a presidential election), it seems rash to say that science will eventually have solved all the mysteries of the universe. It is even more far fetched to believe that science will completely replace religion and belief in God.
A peaceful coexistence
Science and religion don’t have to be mutually exclusive. I went to a liberal arts college that was affiliated with the Lutheran church and known for its high-quality science and pre-med programs. Often, the students gazing at slides under microscopes in advanced biology classes were the same ones who attended the non-mandatory daily chapel. While there were students who denied the validity of evolution, the majority were talented, informed scientists who happened to believe in God. And there was no conflict.
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