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Will Science Rule Out the Existence of God?

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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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12:31PM PST on Dec 30, 2012

@Cindy D ~ I take you to an interview on the Bill Maher Show with Bible Thumping, Christine O’donnell:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/09/25/christine-odonnell-evolution-monkeys_n_739131.html

“O'DONNELL: You know what, evolution is a myth. And even Darwin himself -

MAHER: Evolution is a myth? Have you ever looked at a monkey?

O'DONNELL: Well then, why they -- why aren't monkeys still evolving into humans?”

And you think the Atheist’s are the dumb ones? Really? I know Atheist’s that know your precious Bibull better than you do, and that’s a fact! .!..

10:55AM PST on Dec 30, 2012

Thanks Anna! God bless you.

10:52AM PST on Dec 30, 2012

Julie,
its actually such a waste of a great creation story to teach them as "factual history". I love my own peoples creation stories about the woman dropping from a hole in the skyworld...but EVERY WYANDOT I know would grin, if someone asked us if we took the story as a "fact."

10:33AM PST on Dec 30, 2012

Richard, I've tried and tried. Not in my genes, I guess. :-) Much to the chagrin of people like Cindy though.

9:40AM PST on Dec 30, 2012

Julie,
what?! you don't believe in the talking snake? how naive of you! :-)

2:55PM PST on Dec 29, 2012

Good answer, Cindy! If you have nothing, just call us stupid. But of course in your universe God created us this way for a reason. :)

2:41PM PST on Dec 29, 2012

Boy, you atheists are something else! I guess my comment was way over your head! I guess you can't fix stupid! I pity your poor souls!!

7:48AM PST on Dec 29, 2012

Julie,
and Christians are told that if they have faith the size of a mustard seed they could move mountains. I guess faith the size of an atom doesn't exist or Christians should be emptying the cancer wards as fast as patients come in for treatment simply by their faith.

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