Does God get smaller as we learn more about science?
Is there any correlation between scientific advances and the steady increase in Atheism?
I think the answer is yes. Kind of like how people once thought the earth was flat, then science took over. But, I think there are a ton of believers who will continue to dismiss scientific advances because they are terrified to believe that they won't end up floating in the clouds with angel wings after they die.
To some it does. There are still some people who follow religion blindly, but there are also those who follow science blindly. In our current stage of development, both are not good enough alone, and they are hardly good enough together. A scientist once said that we know only 4% of all that can be known, and that itself is a somewhat arbitrary estimate.
Who says that there are more atheists than there ever have been in the past. I haven't seen any studies, but maybe someone can enlighten me. I think that in reality the few actual atheists that there are, have become more verbal than in previous years.
Interesting question, but no.
If God exists, our advancements in science would have no effect on Him. Does my discussing these things make you any smaller or larger? Perhaps ego ebbs and flows with such things.
I've studied a great many sciences, majoring in mathematics in high school, and computer science in college, graduating summa cum laude. Goodness, I just realized high school graduation was 43 years ago! I must be having fun (time sure flies).
I've studied electronic engineering, astrophysics, space science, planetology, geology, meteorology, physics, chemistry, anthropology, archaeology, algebra, trigonometry, calculus and others. The more I learn, the more real God becomes to me. But I've also studied Buddhism, Taoism, Judaism, Kabbalah, and others, finding shades of truth in each.
Perhaps my own experiences "color" my viewpoint. I've been outside my physical body and seen my surroundings without Homo sapiens eyeballs. I've also experienced creating several miracles (instantaneous contraventions of physical law) -- creating statistical improbabilities.
Each of these proves to me that I am not my Homo sapiens body. As far as proof goes, I'm pretty comfortable with that. It seems only logical to take something like Genesis 1:26 (that we were created in God's image) and extrapolate that, since I am basically a non-physical, spiritual source of creation, that God must be, too. But say, the Bible means nothing to you. Okay.
There was a source to the universe. That source had to be superior to physical matter, energy, and even space and time. When Hawking stated that gravity could create the universe from nothingness, he was talking out his behind. He seemed to avoid the issue of where did "gravity" come from? Where did space and time come from? These are all physical universe constructs (created objects) all with continuity -- the stuff that science studies so well.
A source of the universe needs to be not made of the same stuff, but superior to it. We don't find the cartoon drawing itself, or the computer software creating the integrated circuit on which it currently runs.
I say no. I am a Christian and I know how big my God is and no matter of science is going to change that. In regards to Atheism, I don't think it's a matter of the atheist population growing, I think it's more of people aren't afraid to voice their opinions anymore. I can only pray for them though that they do change their views before it's too late.
Science is like the letter "C". There is always a gap. Whereas God is like the letter "O" which is full. Science can never describe God nor Science can invent a new thing other than what already exists in the world. They research on the existing things, and find their properties and record them. They have not created any new thing. Hence at no time Science can summarize God.
I would think that if a person believed in God, then God would always be omnipotent, omscient, and omnipresent. There is no reason for God to srink. The mind and thoughts of the individaul along with the ego may have grown, but it is not likely that God shrinks.
Even humans learned everything about this galaxy, there are billions of galaxies that are light years away, and God is credited with creation. I think that it is nearly unimaginable that anyone being could be so powerful. Then the egos says " and why am I not God?' lol.
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