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Knowledge of Science Increases Faith in God

The Whirlpool Galaxy (Spiral Galaxy M51, NGC 5...

The Whirlpool Galaxy (Spiral Galaxy M51, NGC 5194) is a classic spiral galaxy located in the Canes Venatici constellation. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By Misam Hasan Naqvi

Everyday, we see so many buildings around us. These buildings are meant for various purposes like residential apartments, offices, schools, colleges, hospitals and shopping malls etc. Whenever we come across a building that is planned out in such a manner that it best serves the purpose for which it is built and also offers maximum facilities and convenience to the people using it, we can easily understand that there was an efficient architect behind it.

No matter how efficiently a building has been designed, there will still be room for improvement. But when we look at the universe, we simply find it to be flawless. No scientist could ever point out that it would have been better had the distance between any two planets been greater.

Our very own earth has everything that is essential for the existence of life. Air, water, soil, gravity, sunlight, plants, animals and so many other bounties which we could not have even imagined, have been made available to us. Now did all this happen on its own or was there some intelligent designer behind all this? Nobel laureate Physicist, Charles Town states, ‘No one can deny that the universe is the outcome of intelligent placing. It is unusual. We, too, are unusual. To make it possible for life to exist, special physical laws are required. So I would say that this is a very special universe. It has been intelligently planned. How can anyone confute that? So, there is indeed a spiritual world; a Creator.’ (Ref: The Speaking Tree column of Times of India).

Many people like Stephen Hawking have argued that it is all due to the consequence of the laws of physics. Richard Dawkins, an evolutionary biologist was quick to agree by stating, ‘Darwinism kicked God out of biology but physics remained more uncertain. Hawking is now administering the coup de grace.’

English: Planets and dwarf planets of the sola...

Planets and dwarf planets of the solar system, sizes to scale. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I agree that a scientific approach may be adopted while trying to understand a natural phenomenon. But science is merely the study of these phenomena and not their creator. Therefore, the study of the creator is beyond the scope of science. But how the study of science will affect the faith of a person depends upon his/her initial understanding of God. If a person thinks that God is sitting somewhere in a physical form, holding a sprinkler to make it rain, then it is quite natural that on learning the true scientific cause behind rains, the person will lose faith in God. But if a person understands that God is the creator of all phenomena, and he has designed all the systems, then that person\’s faith can only become stronger with the increasing knowledge of science. So Darwinism or any other theory cannot pose any threat to faith.

Every time I watch the discovery channel or animal planet, or come to know about the scientific cause of any event through books or magazines, I find that the level of my faith has only increased.

Therefore, every person who believes in God cannot be labeled as irrational or vice-versa. In fact, science is the true means to understand the majesty of the Almighty.

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/religion-articles/knowledge-of-science-increases-faith-in-god-7235046.html

About the Author

Misam Hasan Naqvi is a student of Islamic studies. He is also a qualified journalist.


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Hovering

Listening to this today, I finally put my finger on what it sounds like to me. An ethereal time machine… spinning thru the centuries, hovering over different eras. Funny thing about this time machine is that it’s sorta got a personality. So that’s why I tagged it “mad computer” and “man machine” at SoundCloud.


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A good, all-round book on the paranormal, parapsychology etc.

English: Hand-colored photograph of Carl Jung ...

Hand-colored photograph of Carl Jung in USA, published in 1910. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I don’t know how I missed this survey-style book while doing my doctorate on Carl Jung’s concept of synchronicity. Looking through Daimonic Reality today, I was stuck by how it mirrors many of the ideas I’ve been interested in for almost three decades.

Harpur’s commentary may not be stunning but it’s above average.

The author seems a bit hard on Jung, especially in regard to synchronicity. Harpur says that Jung still adheres to an “inner” vs. “outer” worldview. And that his views about the acausality of synchronicity retain a “whiff” of mechanism because for Jung synchonicity is “organized” by an archetype (p. 155).

I picked up on this causality/acausality issue in my Ph.D. thesis on synchronicity (see Synchronicity and Poststructuralism pp. 162-163). But I cut Jung a bit more slack because I felt he had a difficult job to do, talking about synchronicity from 1928- 1961. Back then, Jung had to choose the right words and categories to be effective. So I think he was a bit of a postmodern, “selling” his concept to a largely skeptical audience. If we view it that way, Jung wasn’t so much limited or confused but rather, pioneering and shrewd. — MC


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Cosmology Matters

Yesterday I tweeted about this program. I also wrote the television station, telling them how much I enjoyed the show and that it should be available on the web. I was pleasantly surprised to be informed that TVO is extremely web savvy. So if anyone read my comments re yesterday’s entry, I stand corrected!

More importantly, I’m glad that visitors to Earthpages.org can watch this video too. I found it very helpful… nothing short of captivating.

—MC


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Finally, a cosmology that includes spirituality

Watched the authors on TV Ontario tonight. Outstanding. They were articulating things that I have thought about but often find challenging to express. One idea I really liked was the notion that even change changes. I think this is valuable on one level. Certainly there are many ways to view the universe or to “slice an onion,” as the old saying goes. But I think there still could be some meta-truths. For example: One of God’s primary attributes is love.

—MC


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Was only one Universe Created or is ours one of many Universes?

Wormhole

Wormhole (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By HChanbi

When creationists imagine evolution requires everything to have come from nothing, they really misunderstand what many evolutionists actually believe. There are various evolutionary theories as to how the universe and life came to exist. It may be true that more and more evolutionists believe everything could exist suddenly from nothing without any intelligent input, but others remain unconvinced. Some believe matter has always existed in some form or other. Some can imagine the eternal existence of massive black holes that every so often collide violently and explode into universes that eventually collapse back into other massive black holes waiting another collision to create other universes. Another theory has universes expanding within an ever-increasing vacuum in an infinite expanding cosmos. There is also the possibility that universes come to exist from unbound energies coalescing into matter. What all these evolutionary theories have in common is that they all result in multiverses. With the existence of infinite universes, any argument of fine-tuning becomes a mute point.

If mankind can imagine matter and life originating naturally, what would then motivate anyone to believe in an invisible supernatural being that creates natural worlds? The answer may be as simple as some people not being able to reconcile an eternal natural existence, yet they can imagine some unproven eternal supernatural existence. Certainly the ramifications of infinite universes are profound, but why would we expect anything less from an eternal creator? Would an eternal creator really wait an eternity to suddenly create just one universe?

Black Hole in the universe

Black Hole in the universe (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The intriguing thing about a non-created infinite cosmos with infinite universes is that there must then exist every possible kind of universe infinite times over. There would be infinite universes exactly like ours with people exactly like us living on planets exactly like earth. As incomprehensible as that may be, we can never disprove that possibility. Alternatively, we can believe some omnibenevolent, omnipotent, and omniscient supernatural creator existed eternally in an infinite cosmos and suddenly decided to create a single massive universe and an insignificant planet to test one specially created life-form before deeming them worthy enough to enter into the supernatural realm. Is that really easier to believe?

What creationists fail to understand is that the contention of something coming from nothing is not with scientists that continuously try to understand the possibilities, but rather it is with their own belief of a creator that simply speaks matter into existence. That is truly something from nothing that has no explanation as to how that is possible. Creationists never consider how their invisible creator managed to take nothing and make all the matter in our universe. Moreover, if that creator can easily create a universe, as theists have it, why would that creator only create one? Given the ease of speaking matter into existence, it becomes ludicrous to believe that an eternal and infinitely capable creator would have only created one universe for one special species. It does seem that only self-centered minds can believe that is reasonable. All the while creationists must ignore the prospect that the same mechanism a creator might have used to create something from nothing could be stumbled upon by nature given infinite opportunities.

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/religion-articles/was-only-one-universe-created-or-is-ours-one-of-many-universes-7211470.html

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Graduated from WSU with a BSEE. Novice Software Developer. Long time analyst of Biblical doctrines and evolutionary theories.


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Proof God’s Universe Is Filled with Life Comes Closer

Kepler mission Delta II liftoff

Kepler mission Delta II liftoff (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By Rabbi Allen S. Maller

During Medieval times almost all Christian theologians accepted the Ptolemaic earth centered Greek view of the universe as an absolute universal truth. The Catholic Inquisition punished those who dared to voice other ideas.

I do not know why Catholic theologians believed that the rarity of life in our universe proves that God must have created life only on this planet. Perhaps they believed that if intelligent life were found to exist on other planets; it would diminish the miracle of God’s creation of Human Beings.

For me the opposite is true. That God’s universal creation is filled with life is simply the result of God’s love of living beings.

The Qur’an and the Hebrew Bible teach that the Living God created the whole universe to be conducive to the universal evolution of life. The Qur’an says, “We have not sent you but as a blessing for all the worlds.” (Al-Anbiya 107) Many commentators say “this refers to the 18.000 worlds created by Allah. Our world is one of them”. (Mir’at-e-Kainat, vol.1, p.77).

The Hebrew Bible says in the Zabur of Prophet David, King of Israel; “ Your kingdom is a kingdom of all the worlds; and Your dominion is for all generations.” (Psalms 145:13)

In January 2013, astronomers estimated that there could be at least 17 billion Earth-sized exoplanets in just our galaxy; the Milky Way. They also said that one in six stars could host an Earth-sized planet in a close orbit.

Now, two years later, proof that God’s Universe is filled with life is coming closer. NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope has discovered a star with three planets only slightly larger than Earth. The outermost planet, which is 50% larger than planet earth, orbits in the zone where surface temperatures could be moderate enough for liquid water and perhaps life to exist.

The star ranks among the top 10 nearest stars known to have transiting planets. The star is close enough for astronomers to study the planet’s atmospheres to determine if it has oxygen could possibly be conducive to multicellular life forms.

The star is a cool red M-dwarf about half the size and mass of our own sun. At a distance of 150 light years, the star ranks among the top 10 nearest stars known to have transiting planets. The star’s proximity means it’s bright enough for astronomers to study the planets’ atmospheres to determine whether they are like Earth’s atmosphere and possibly conducive to life.

For those who believe in the One God of all the inhabitable worlds, these two new scientific studies are not shocking. For unlike the Roman inquisition’s condemnation of Galileo, no Muslim or Jewish astronomer was ever condemned by a Muslim or Jewish inquisition, because Jews and Muslims never had an institution like the inquisition.

Also, because both Muslims and Jews had many philosophers who were critics of Aristotle’s and Ptolemy’s science, most medieval Jewish and Muslim religious leaders did not feel they had to prevent new science from disagreeing with Greek science.

Thus, even as new discoveries always change the scientific understanding of God’s universe; the religious belief that the whole universe exalts God and reveals God’s glory remains the same.

As it is written in the Zabur of Prophet David, King of Israel; “The heavens declare the glory of God.” (Zabur of David-Psalm 19:2)

Rabbi Maller’s web site is: rabbimaller.com

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