Will Science Eventually Be Able to Explain God Away?

Is God just a gap-filler for lack of scientific knowledge, or does science point to God?

Transcript:

Remember, I said most of time when we're doing science, we come to naturalistic

conclusions. That's true. But sometimes we need a

supernatural conclusion. But for many people, okay, we've come to so many

naturalistic conclusions, Tim, maybe if we just give scientists more time,

eventually we'll explain everything naturalistically, and so you might hear

something like this. Years ago, superstitious people thought that

lightning came from the lightning god Zeus and thunder from the thunder god

Thor. Well now we know lightning is just an electrical discharge. It's just

electrons doing their thing. And thunder, that's just, you know, rapidly

heated air molecules expanding. See? We don't need Zeus and Thor. We can explain

this stuff naturalistically. And so over time our naturalistic explanations

increase, our supernatural explanations decrease, and listen,

over time we'll explain everything naturalistically. In fact, you Christians,

you just believe in a God of the gaps. That's what you believe in. What's the

God of the gaps? When you don't know something, you just in the gap of you're

ignorance you say, "God did it." That's what they think we're doing. I can't explain

lightning. God did it. I can't explain thunder. God did it. But over time, we're

closing these gaps – electrons and rapidly heated air molecules and so on – and so

they think well we will explain everything

naturalistically. Is that what's really going on? Is that what we're doing? We

just believe in a God of the gaps? This argument from ignorance – I can't explain

it, therefore God did it. No, we don't believe that. What we believe is that

we're positing God as the best explanation of the available evidence. In

fact, I can prove it to you. I can prove it to you. There's a gentleman,

Anthony Flew. Now Anthony Flew, he was an atheist for most of his life. In fact, you

could go on YouTube, not right now, but after I'm done,

you could go on YouTube, YouTube Anthony Flew, and you can find

him debating Christians over the existence of God. Well, it turns out late

in life, Anthony Flew changed his mind. He actually came to believe in God, and

wrote a book called, "There Is a God," and the word "no" is like crossed out, "There Is

No God," "There Is a God," subtitled "How the World's Most Notorious

Atheist Changed His Mind." He's actually I think in the 20th century

wrote more academic philosophical papers arguing for atheism than anyone

else. His book's worth reading. But here's a quote from it. Listen very carefully. He

says this: "I now believe that the universe was brought into existence by

an infinite intelligence," I think Frank spoke about that. That's the origin of

the universe. "I believe that this universe's intricate laws manifests what scientists

have called the Mind of God." That's fine-tuning. I think I touched on that

last year. "I believe that life and reproduction originate in a divine

Source." We're gonna come back to that one. He says this, "Why do I believe this, given

that I have expounded and defended atheism for more than half a century? The

short answer is this: this is the world picture, as I see it, that has emerged

from modern science." Do you understand what he's saying here? This is the

worldview, this is the world picture that has emerged– This is not a God of

the gaps, I don't know, therefore God must have

done it. That wouldn't have convinced Anthony Flew to change his mind. What

convinced him to change his mind was overwhelming evidence in the direction

that God exists.

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Tim Barnett

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