How can the existence of God be proven scientifically?March 20 2012 at 8:56 PM
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Have scientists been able to prove how anything and everything came about in the beginning? If not, that's probably why they can't prove whether or not God exists...
Can Science Prove the Existence of God?
''I have no need for that hypothesis,'' Pierre-Simon Laplace famously responded when asked where God fit into his new astronomical theory. Using calculus and Newton's laws of gravity, he explained the forces that kept the planets from gradually drifting out of orbit, imparting some stability to the solar system. Newton had thought the Great Engineer must step in now and then to readjust the machine.
The theory didn't explain where the solar system came from. But Laplace also had an answer. The planets, he proposed, had congealed from a swirling cloud of gas and dust surrounding the sun.
O.K., so where did the sun and the mother cloud come from? And what set the whole thing revolving?
By now, scientists think they have even those answers, and they do not involve the intervention of any Great Engineer. The whole point of science for the last few hundred years has been to explain everything in terms of a physical process, something that can be described by equations.
The quest, however, is far from done. God, for those who want to use that term, can be invoked to account for phenomena that have not yet yielded to the scientific method. What is for some the ultimate question -- Does God exist? -- has become a matter of how much further the domain of the unknown will continue to contract, and if it will ultimately evaporate.
The momentum has been in that direction. The whirlpool of cosmic stuff that spawned the solar system spins because it is one small part of the great rotating galaxy, the Milky Way. When a random fluctuation causes enough gas and dust to bunch together, gravity takes over and celestial bodies begin to form. If you want to know where the galaxies came from, there are answers as well. Ultimately, it all comes down to the Big Bang.
That is where the chain of reasoning bottoms out. What caused the primordial explosion? At this point all but a few scientists go with Wittgenstein (''of what we cannot speak we must pass over in silence'') or with Kierkegaard, blindly taking the leap of faith into the abyss of the unknown, choosing what to believe.