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Friday, September 21, 2012

Theoretical cosmologist: God who?

(Hubble Ultra Deep Field)
In her article titled Will Science Someday Rule out the Possibility of God?,  Natalie Wolchover explains that Sean Carroll (a theoretical cosmologist from the California Institute of Technology) "says there's good reason to think science will ultimately arrive at a complete understanding of the universe that leaves no grounds for God whatsoever."

According to Wolchover, Carroll bases this prediction upon the progress that physics and cosmology have made in understanding "the origin and evolution of the universe." 
He seems to perceive each new quantum theory as somehow
nibbling away at "God's sphere of influence."

A study of Carroll's own article titled Does The Universe Need God? reveals that Carroll is particularly speaking of the biblical God – the God of this Genesis quote:  In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.  Taking this quote literally, one can conclude that there was a beginning and that the Universe is therefore not infinite.  Theories that speaks of the Big Bang as just a phase would not fit well with conclusions of this sort.  Nor would theories that speak of a multiverse with endless roll-of-the-dice combinations (for it has been widely rumored that God is not the gambling kind).

However (and may science always leave wiggle-room for the "howevers"), Carroll himself admits (in his first few paragraphs, no less) that there could be other interpretations of Who (What?) God actually is.  He states:  In some ways of thinking about God, there's no relationship at all; a conception of divinity that is sufficiently ineffable and transcendent may be completely separate from the workings of the physical world.

And that's just one way of looking at It (S/He?)…  There are, of course, many others – as well as ways we haven't even begun to conceive of.


Copyright September 21, 2012 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

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