As an atheist, I don’t believe in the existence of God, and I believe there’s a scientific explanation for everything, including the creation of our universe. But I don’t dispute the fact that there’s the possibility for God to exist. Mostly I get annoyed by creationists or other religious people who insist that the Bible or other religious texts are correct about everything, which they patently are not. Many of the things detailed in those texts have been proven wrong by science, but despite the facts staring them in the face, they refuse to accept it.
The counter-argument, which isn’t much of an argument anyway, is that I’ll be dead wrong if humans ever find out that God exists. Well, yea, I’ll be wrong, but I’ll accept that I’ve been wrong if the facts are there. The facts are there RIGHT NOW, that disprove the 6000-year-old Earth and other creationist ideas, but people still refuse to accept them. If that’s not hypocritical I don’t know what is.
A number of recent books and articles will have you believe that—somehow—science has now disproved the existence of God. We know so much about how the Universe works, their authors claim, that God is simply unnecessary: we can explain all the workings of the Universe without the need for a “creator.”
And indeed, science has brought us an immense amount of understanding. The sum total of human knowledge doubles roughly every couple of years or less. In physics and cosmology, for example, we can now claim to know what happened to our Universe as early as a tiny fraction of a second after the Big Bang, something that may seem astounding. In chemistry, we understand the most complicated reactions among atoms and molecules, and in biology we know how the living cell works and have mapped out our entire genome. But does this vast knowledge base disprove the existence of…
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