Man Explains Away God

I just finished reading Answers In Genesis' excellent rebuttal of a material Darwinist.

At the end of the article are some choice quotes that explain quite well the current situation in modern science, astronomical sciences in particular. Note that these are quotes from non-creationists.

“We take the side of science in spite of the patent absurdity of some of its constructs, in spite of its failure to fulfill many of its extravagant promises of health and life, in spite of the tolerance of the scientific community for unsubstantiated just-so stories, because we have a prior commitment, a commitment to materialism. It is not that the methods and institutions of science somehow compel us to accept a material explanation of the phenomenal world, but, on the contrary, that we are forced by our a priori adherence to material causes to create an apparatus of investigation and a set of concepts that produce material explanations, no matter how counter-intuitive, no matter how mystifying to the uninitiated. Moreover, that materialism is an absolute, for we cannot allow a Divine Foot in the door.”
—Richard Lewontin, Billions and billions of demons, The New York Review, 9 January 1997, p. 31. Back

“Big bang cosmology is probably as widely believed as has been any theory of the universe in the history of Western civilization. It rests, however, on many untested, and in some cases untestable, assumptions. Indeed, big bang cosmology has become a bandwagon of thought that reflects faith as much as objective truth.”
—G. Burbidge, Why only one big bang? Scientific American, 266(2):96, 1992.

“At the beginning of his book The God Particle, Nobel physicist Leon Ledermann [referring to cosmological speculations like the big bang in science books and articles] writes: ‘When you read or hear anything about the birth of the universe, someone is making it up.’” (brackets ours)
—As quoted in: Kitty Ferguson, The Fire in the Equations: Science, Religion and the Search for God, Eerdmans, Grand Rapids, 1995, p. 145.

“... I suspect that the assumption of uniformity of the universe reflects a prejudice born of a sequence of overthrows of geocentric ideas. ... It would be embarrassing to find, after stating that we live in an ordinary planet about an ordinary star in an ordinary galaxy, that our place in the universe is extraordinary ... To avoid embarrassment we cling to the hypothesis of uniformity.”
—R.P. Feynman, F.B. Morinigo, and W.G. Wagner, Feynman Lectures on Gravitation, Penguin Books, London, 1999.

“At the beginning, equal amounts of matter and antimatter were created [in the “big bang”]. Now there seems to be only matter. There have been theoretical speculations about the disappearance of antimatter, but no experimental support.”
—Antia, M., Ready to takeoff, antimatter experiment takes some flak, Science, 280:1339, 1998.

“... warning given by [physicist and philosopher] Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker ... namely that a society which accepts the idea that the origin of the cosmos could be explained in terms of an explosion, reveals more about the society itself than about the universe. Nevertheless, the many observations made during the past 25 years or so which contradict the standard model, are simply ignored. When fact and theory contradict each other, one of them has to yield.”
—E.P. Fischer (Ed.), Neue Horizonte 92/93—Ein Forum der Naturwissenschaften—Piper-Verlag, München, Germany, pp. 112–173, 1993.

“In my opinion the observations speak a different language; they call for a different view of the universe. I believe that the big bang theory should be replaced, because it is no longer a valid theory.”
—E.P. Fischer (Ed.), Neue Horizonte 92/93—Ein Forum der Naturwissenschaften—Piper-Verlag, München, Germany, p. 118.

1 comment:

  1. I checked out "Big Bang" on Wikipedia a while ago and it broke my heart to see so many people supporting the Big Bang theory. When people say science and religion don't mix I want to pop a vain.

    I is really funny how they state that ALL matter was in a dot no more than 1mm wide prior to the Big Bang. Putting so much into a little dot is supposed to make it more believable?! If you ask me that requires faith like no other, and they call our explanations religious?