IF you really want to believe in a spiritual reality, no claimed science will swamp your belief. And if you are determined not to believe in God, no theological reasoning will change that viewpoint.
Some of the greatest philosophers – including Aquinas, Descartes and Spinoza – tried to prove God exists. Not with great success.
Belief in the supernatural is not really incompatible with science and disdain for religion is not universal in the scientific world.
It’s been the conventional wisdom that scientists are more likely to be atheists. But there are likely to proportionately be as many atheistic truck drivers as atheistic scientists.
William D. Phillips, who won the 1997 Nobel Prize in chemistry for using lasers to produce temperatures only a fraction of a degree above absolute zero, once said that so many of his colleagues were Christians he couldn’t walk across his church’s fellowship hall without “tripping over a dozen physicists’’.
But in the end, there are no mathematical formulas or scientific equations for belief. Nor for any of the other important questions, such as why we love, and why some people have the feeling that life makes sense and others do not.
Respected scientist and committed Jew Robert Winston said: “All paths to the divine involve a wrestling match. Wherever God is considered, there are radically conflicting ideas.
“In some ways, the wrestling match is typified by the apparent conflict between God and science. This dispute is largely vacuous. They are both essentially two different ways of looking at the natural world, though each gives an important insight into the other.
“But we must not confuse religion with God, or technology with science. Religion stands in relationship to God as technology does in relation to science. Both the conduct of religion and the pursuit of technology are capable of leading mankind into evil; but both can prompt great good.’’
Theologian Karl Rahner once suggested his own proofs for the existence of God. he said we taste God in certain experiences and these experiences ultimately imprint us with the belief that the universe makes sense, that we have sufficient reason to love and trust, that there’s a world beyond this one, and that there’s a God.
N.T.Wright, the Anglican Archbishop of Durham, England argues in his book Simply Christian that all humanity shares the longing for justice, the quest for spirituality, the hunger for relationships, and the delight in beauty. Each points to a realm beyond the material.
People want miracles. They search for them everywhere – via the supposedly holy waters of the Ganges River to the supposed relics of saints and prayers of faith healers – but how many actually see them happen?
A miracle is traditionally defined as an interference with nature by a supernatural power.
But some miracles are not physically measurable. How can you measure the healing of someone’s soul, the healing of a broken heart or a miraculous sense of forgiveness or of being forgiven.
As someone once said. For those who believe in God no explanation is needed. For those who do not believe in God no explanation is possible.