Does Science Argue for or against God?

Does Science Argue for or against God?

Does Science Argue for or against God?


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Why are we here? Literally. The latest science says we shouldn’t be. It says that the chance life exists at all is less than zero. So, is science the greatest threat to the idea of Intelligent Design or is science its greatest advocate? Best-selling author and lecturer, Eric Metaxas, poses this intriguing question and comes up with a very unexpected and challenging answer.
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In 1966 Time magazine ran a cover story asking: “Is God Dead?” The cover reflected the fact that many people had accepted the cultural narrative that God is obsolete — that, as science progresses there is less need for a “God” to explain the universe. It turns out, though, that the rumors of God’s death were premature. In fact, perhaps the best arguments for his existence come from — of all places — science itself.

Here’s the story: The same year Time featured its now-famous headline, the astronomer Carl Sagan announced that there were two necessary criteria for a planet to support life: The right kind of star, and a planet the right distance from that star. Given the roughly octillion planets in the universe — that’s 1 followed by 24 zeros — there should have been about septillion planets — that’s 1 followed by 21 zeros — capable of supporting life.

With such spectacular odds, scientists were optimistic that the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, known by its initials, SETI, an ambitious project launched in the 1960’s, was sure to turn up something soon. With a vast radio telescopic network, scientists listened for signals that resembled coded intelligence. But as the years passed, the silence from the universe was deafening. As of 2014, researchers have discovered precisely bubkis, nada, zilch, which is to say zero followed by an infinite number of zeros.

What happened? As our knowledge of the universe increased, it became clear that there were, in fact, far more factors necessary for life — let alone intelligent life — than Sagan supposed. His two parameters grew to 10, then 20, and then 50, which meant that the number of potentially life-supporting planets decreased accordingly. The number dropped to a few thousand planets and kept on plummeting.

Even SETI proponents acknowledged the problem. Peter Schenkel wrote in a 2006 piece for Skeptical Inquirer, a magazine that strongly affirms atheism: “In light of new findings and insights . . . . We should quietly admit that the early estimates . . . may no longer be tenable.”

Today there are more than 200 known parameters necessary for a planet to support life–every single one of which must be perfectly met, or the whole thing falls apart. For example, without a massive, gravity-rich planet like Jupiter nearby to draw away asteroids, Earth would be more like an interstellar dartboard than the verdant orb that it is.

Simply put, the odds against life in the universe are astonishing.

Yet here we are, not only existing, but talking about existing. What can account for it? Can every one of those many parameters have been perfectly met by accident? At what point is it fair to admit that it is science itself that suggests that we cannot be the result of random forces? Doesn’t assuming that an intelligence created these perfect conditions in fact require far less faith than believing that a life-sustaining Earth just happened to beat the inconceivable odds?

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30 thoughts on “Does Science Argue for or against God?

  1. Code

    Thought: Even if the odds of us being on earth that supports life are so small, with an infinite amount of time OR space, it’s bound to happen at some point. Hence, even if there is god who created us, it’s inevitable that there will NEVER be what we callaliens(. ! or a planet that would be able to support our lives)

    February 12, 2021 at 9:41 am Reply
  2. sasaki kojiro

    Dennis prager is big homosexual

    February 12, 2021 at 9:41 am Reply
  3. Tom Ryan

    Ok so what are the odds God made man from a lump of clay all this science to go along with religious mythology I don’t understand it

    February 12, 2021 at 9:41 am Reply
  4. RobertDarcy

    What are these 200 parameters? Does anyone have a link to the list ?

    February 12, 2021 at 9:41 am Reply
  5. will carter

    I Believe believe in God and 100% percent trust ins science. when science disproves God I will stop believing

    February 12, 2021 at 9:41 am Reply
  6. Joe Smith

    God knew exactly what he was doing when he created the universe for without science and a sense of wonder people would be nothing but robots.

    February 12, 2021 at 9:41 am Reply
  7. Ghastly Ginger

    That's why it's better to be agnostic.

    February 12, 2021 at 9:41 am Reply
  8. Steven Page

    I love the truth that GOD created this entire universe with His word.
    He spoke creation into being.
    ONE – WORD

    February 12, 2021 at 9:41 am Reply
  9. Luis Flores

    Well it happened and the conditions were right. We had to exist eventually. If the laws of physics didn't work then the universe wouldn't have happened. The point is that it did.

    February 12, 2021 at 9:41 am Reply
  10. Rod Dop

    Pissed of many atheists, I guess…Plz don't break their illusion that they are more intelligent than everyone else…🤣😏

    February 12, 2021 at 9:41 am Reply
  11. gerpis

    love it!!!

    February 12, 2021 at 9:41 am Reply
  12. Ethelred Hardrede

    Is Eric a best selling author because he willfully panders to the ignorant or is so inept that he accidentally misquoted people?

    February 12, 2021 at 9:41 am Reply
  13. HS Zhou

    The further you look from the universe, the slower the impacts become. factors are so slow as they are further from is that the earths LIFE is sustainable for millions of years. While the closer factors are far more quick to affect the earth. Making its practically in our lifetime most external factors irrelevant. Our planet And star are already doomed by countless actions far away running that takes how Many billions octrillions of years to destroy our planet, And that destruction time goes extremely gradually that we Humans can litteraly dont experience its change.

    February 12, 2021 at 9:41 am Reply
  14. Mr. Fossil

    Interesting video. But the fine tuning argument could've just been by chance. Also the universe could've set itself into motion or the Big Bang could've just come from nothing. It is possible. I do believe in God, but I do acknowledge these possibilities. For anything is possible, rational and supernatural. I do think that science and religion can coexist together. At times, they conflict but people can adapt or twist their ideas to fit science. For, religion itself was made by people, all ideas of God as well. So, people can modify and intertwine science to explain some concepts in faith.

    February 12, 2021 at 9:41 am Reply
  15. Randy Rogers

    If there is life out there they are too far away for us to ever know about them, or them to know about us. Space is too big and light is too slow.

    February 12, 2021 at 9:41 am Reply
  16. Randy Rogers

    I don't think science makes any decision regarding God.

    February 12, 2021 at 9:41 am Reply
  17. tim jones

    The Earth is 6000 years old.
    Its the end of the 6th day.
    Soon Messiah will return.

    February 12, 2021 at 9:41 am Reply
  18. rumple stilt skin

    Prager U = Trump U

    February 12, 2021 at 9:41 am Reply
  19. Dior Diaz

    Jehovah God created The Universe JW.ORG

    February 12, 2021 at 9:41 am Reply
  20. Milena Seymour

    God is the Universe, God is EVERYTHING AMD EVERYONE. We are all ONE

    February 12, 2021 at 9:41 am Reply
  21. Witt Lindau


    February 12, 2021 at 9:41 am Reply
  22. Lemon Lord

    This is called the Theological Argument and it is presented in different forms and analogy but they all are all essentially the same, to simplify they argue that complexity requires a creator (aka God) which is more complex than it's creation (aka the planet, life, universe, ect) but the problem is that this rule no longer applies to God because "logic" 🙄 if such a complex universe such as our own requires a Creator then God must also require a creator because he cannot have just existed by chance right…..and so on, it's a never ending loop of who/what created who/what…. (It's a deceptive argument that people have been using for a long time)
    – you can watch Rationality Rules on YT where he debunks these dumb arguments

    February 12, 2021 at 9:41 am Reply
  23. Twin Ruler

    Some say, the Big Bang never happened!

    February 12, 2021 at 9:41 am Reply
  24. Goldfishislife

    Our galaxy alone contains hundreds of billions of stars, each with their own planets. Just because we haven’t found a planet comparable to the safe haven of earth doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. These guys are always “we don’t know or we haven’t found it yet so therefore god” smh

    February 12, 2021 at 9:41 am Reply
  25. Acceptable

    why so many dislikes tho

    February 12, 2021 at 9:41 am Reply
  26. logan brown

    The people that disliked this were the ones that came here for proof of no God only to be taught that even science is starting to believe in a creator the more they understand these things.

    February 12, 2021 at 9:41 am Reply
  27. Visual Physics

    When I was doubting the existence of Krsna, I got this video

    February 12, 2021 at 9:41 am Reply
  28. Deez Nuts

    Wow I learned so much by reading the comments of all these YouTube philosophers, astronomers, scientists, and physicists. It’s amazing how these nobodies think they know more than actual experts.

    February 12, 2021 at 9:41 am Reply
  29. The smore emperor


    February 12, 2021 at 9:41 am Reply

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