Tom Foreman | BIO
Reporter's Note: Our money says “In God we trust,” but some scientists say not so fast. So I say, time for another letter to the White House.
Dear Mr. President,
So I was reading this article about how the esteemed physicist Stephen Hawking says there is no God; about how everything that exists can be explained by science, and spontaneous creation; which, I guess, is like spontaneous combustion, only not so messy. And once again I found myself thinking: How the heck would he know?
Scientists get really cranky when religious types start rattling on about how evolution is a lie, and creationism explains everything. To be honest I can’t really blame them. I toured that museum of creationism out in the Midwest some years ago and it was a pretty strange experience. Scientists have spent a lot of time working on their theories about how we all reached this point, so it can’t be any fun to see all their work dismissed with a Barney Rubble depiction of ancient man that is not supported by the fossil record. Plus, they’ve sifted through all those bones, churned out all those papers, and published all those peer-reviewed articles. Frankly if I even had to deal with my peers that often I’d be a little short tempered.
But back to my point. The chief reason scientists have a right to be upset is that the arguments leveled against their work by the church crowd have nothing to do with science, and are not informed by an understanding of it. The professors are talking apples, the prayers are talking oranges. It’s like an auto mechanic arguing that a pro bowler can’t pick up the spare because his turn signals aren’t working.
On the other hand, if scientists want the courtesy of church folks not prattling on about things they don’t understand, then perhaps the research crowd might want to return the favor. After all, how can science prove or disprove a matter of faith? God, by the very definition of many faithful folks, defies measurement, detection or understanding. God is beyond the human intellect’s ability to fully comprehend, let along prove or disprove. God is everything and God is nothing all at once.
Anyway, I don’t expect you to do anything about this. It’s just on my mind. I believe in God. I also believe in science. And I know many wonderful people who, like me, have no trouble fitting the two together.
Speaking of God and science, how are the big peace talks going? I hope well. If you get a moment today give me a call. Any big weekend plans?
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