Question by carl04_89: What do you get if you divide Science by God (READ BEFORE POSTING!)?
DON’T POST UNTIL YOU’VE READ THE QUESTION IN ITS ENTIRETY! This is a real question, if you want to have an Atheist vs Christian war go somewhere else.
From your most objective point of view, which one of the five opinions do you agree with the most and please explain why? DON’T GO BY THE TITLE ALONE! Actually read what they each have to say.
(Yes I realize that opinions are neither true nor false)
“In an effort to seek the answers to the “meaning of physics”, I spoke to five leading scientists.
1. THE ATHEIST
Nobel-prize winning physicist Steven Weinberg is well-known as an atheist. For him, physics reflects the “chilling impersonality” of the universe.
He would be thinking here of, say, the vast tracts of empty space, billions of light years across, that mock human meaning.
He says: “The more the universe seems comprehensible, the more it seems pointless.”
So for Weinberg, the notion that there might be an overlap between science and spirituality is entirely mistaken.
2. THE SCEPTIC
The Astronomer Royal and President of the Royal Society, Martin Rees, shows a distinct reserve when speculating about what physics might mean, whether that be pointlessness or meaningfulness.
He has “no strong opinions” on the interpretation of quantum theory: only time will tell whether the theory becomes better understood.
“The implications of cosmology for these realms of thought may be profound, but diffidence prevents me from venturing into them,” he has written.
In short, it is good to be humble in the face of the mysteries that physics throws up.
3. THE PLATONIST
Oxford physicist Roger Penrose differs again. He believes that mathematics suggests there is a world beyond the immediate, material one.
Ask yourself this question: would one plus one equal two even if I didn’t think it? The answer is yes.
Would it equal two even if no-one thought it? Again, presumably, yes.
Would it equal two even if the universe didn’t exist? That is more tricky to contemplate, but again, there are good grounds for a positive response.
Penrose, therefore, argues that there is what can be called a Platonic world beyond the material world that “contains” mathematics and other abstractions.
4. THE BELIEVER
John Polkinghorne worked on quantum physics in the first part of his career, but then took up a different line of work: he was ordained an Anglican priest. For him, science and religion are entirely compatible.
The ordered universe science reveals is only what you’d expect if it was made by an orderly God. However, the two disciplines are different. He calls them “intellectual cousins”.
“Physics is showing the world to be both more supple and subtle, but you need to be careful,” he says.
If you want to understand the meaning of things you have to go beyond science, and the religious direction is, he argues, the best.
5. THE PANTHEIST
Brian Swimme is a cosmologist, and with the theologian Thomas Berry, wrote a book called The Universe Story: From the Primordial Flaring Forth to the Ecozoic Era.
It is avidly read by individuals in New Age and ecological circles, and tells the scientific story of the universe, from the Big Bang to the emergence of human consciousness, but does so as a new sacred myth.
Swimme believes that “the universe is attempting to be felt”, which makes him a pantheist, someone who believes the cosmos in its entirety can be called God.”
IF YOU DONT WANT TO READ DONT POST!
damn there’s a lot of stupid illiterate people on here.
And the purpose of this question is not to settle anything. Its sole purpose is to promote healthy discussion.
Answer by Christian101
I’m not reading all that
Know better? Leave your own answer in the comments!