Thursday, March 24, 2011

Science Meets Theology


"There is a kind of religion in science…. Every event can be explained in a rational way as the product of some previous event…. [but] there is no First Cause. This religious faith of the scientist is violated by the discovery that the world had a beginning… as a product of forces or circumstances he cannot discover. When that happens, the scientist has lost control. If he really examined the implications, he would be traumatized. As usual when faced with trauma, the mind reacts by ignoring the implications – in science this is known as ‘refusing to speculate’ – or trivializing the origin of the world by calling if the Big Bang, as if the universe were a firecracker. Consider the enormity of the problem. Science has proven that the universe exploded into being at a certain moment. It asks, What cause produced this effect? Who or what put the matter and energy into the universe? And science cannot answer these questions.
“For the scientist who has lived by his faith in the power of reason, the story ends like a bad dream. He has scaled the mountains of ignorance; he is about to conquer the highest peak; as he pulls himself over the final rock, he is greeted by a band of theologians who have been sitting there for centuries.”
                                                               - Robert Jastrow, God and the Astronomers.

"In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth" (Genesis 1:1).