Some scientists stifle sensible supposition
Have you ever had an epiphany about say, a better way to do something that you never thought of before but if you had just put in a little mental effort you would have seen it a long time ago? I’ve often thought I should make myself a cross-stitch saying, “Sometimes you just don’t think of it.”
A variation on that cross-stitch should hang in every science lab: Sometimes you just don’t want to think of it.
Science is all about discovery…what’s in the universe, what it’s all made of, how nature works and how things came to be…and new discoveries are being made by scientists all the time. But no matter how extensive our knowledge of the universe becomes, science cannot answer the the most basic question of all: Why is there something rather than nothing?
But don’t tell them that. In this CNN opinion piece, physicist Don Lincoln says that a recent scientific development “has made it more likely that we will finally be able to answer this cosmic conundrum.” Now, I don’t even pretend to know and understand physics and quantum mechanics, neutrinos and antimatter, but I don’t have to know to be certain that scientists will never have a purely naturalistic answer to how and why the universe came into being. It’s simply self-evident that something cannot come from nothing, and if the universe…all that is natural…came into being, the cause must be outside of nature. Unnatural, you might say, but supernatural says it better.
But many atheist scientists don’t want to even think about that because then, God forbid, they might have to admit that a supernatural cause of the universe is necessary. So they busy themselves following and experimenting with scientific theories hoping that someday…somehow…they will discover a new particle or physical law that will demonstrate that the impossible is possible. That something really can just pop into existence without a cause.
As William Lane Craig likes to say, that’s worse than magic…at least with magic you have a magician.
No amount of money or time spent exploring the vastness of space or the most minuscule mites of matter will result in a scientific answer to the “cosmic conundrum” of why the universe exists. The answer to that question self-evidently must be outside of the universe. But the scientists who are committed to atheism for non-scientific reasons very unscientifically refuse to follow the evidence where it leads. They don’t want to go there…they don’t want to think about it.
Conversely, here are some scientists who are both humble enough and smart enough to recognize that it’s foolish to expect a natural explanation for a supernatural event. The smart money…the smart science…is on the sensible supposition that a supernatural Someone exists.