Almost objective, but not quite. Let's see if I can keep from thumping too hard.
Far from denying that God
has absolutely nothing
to say about the existence of a Supreme Being who created the Universe
. The fact that Occam's Razor
leads many scientists to be atheist
s is utterly beside the point. They will accept your belief as long as you don't involve magic
theory, as well as modern cosmological
theory that has supplanted it, does not say that the Universe formed spontaneously, it describes how
the Universe formed, and that it happened a long time ago
. Nothing at all is said about Genesis 1
:1 which states
In the beginning, God created the Heaven and the Earth.
The Hebrew creation myth
that follows this phrase cannot be interpreted literally. As an example, if God created the Sun the third day, after the Earth
, the energy He would have had to expend to keep the Earth from flying off into space, or flying apart from the Sun's gravitation, would have slagged it. So much for the fishes which had already been created.
For scientists, the laws of physics, combined with the physical evidence of processes that take a very long time according to those laws, indicate that the Earth and the Universe have existed for a very long time. Just one example: Scientists have watched uranium
decay into lead
and have measured the radioactive metal's half-life at about 4.5 billion years. The natural occurrence of uranium
with its decay product, lead
, indicates that the Earth has existed for billions of years.
This interferes, of course, with the attempts of a narrow group of people to interpret the Bible
word-for-word, an interpretation that Bishop Ussher
carried to its logical conclusion in the 17th century
. This usually arises out of a psychological need for humanity to have a "special" role in the Universe, to validate some Earthly power structure.
Trying to "scientifically" prove that God exists is more a demonstration of one's own lack of faith. Creationism isn't faith
, it's desperate clinging to one's teddy bear
Most mainstream religion
s (notably the Roman Catholic Church
) have realized that literal interpretation of the Hebrew creation myth is irrelevant to their mission, and teach that although God created the Universe, he did it by setting up the laws of physics
and letting them run. Deism
is averted by God's later intervention in human history.