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Is this guy really serious?

Kidding aside, one of the more serious proofs of God’s existence is that there is so much complexity in the world that it is impossible for the complexity and harmony to exist without an intelligent creator. Science states that as time progresses, entropy increases. And as entropy and disorder increases, how can life, which is an epitome of order, exist.

Atheists sometimes counter this with the “god of the gaps” idea.


The God of the gaps refers to a view of God deriving from a theistic position in which anything that can be explained by human knowledge is not in the domain of God, so the role of God is therefore confined to the ‘gaps’ in scientific explanations of nature. The concept involves an interaction of religious explanations of nature with those derived from science (see also Relationship between religion and science). Within the traditional theistic view of God as existing in a realm “beyond nature,” as science progresses to explain more and more, the perceived scope of the role of God tends to shrink as a result.

“God of the gaps” is often used to describe the retreat of religious explanations of physical phenomena in the face of increasingly comprehensive scientific explanations. An example of the line of reasoning starts with the position that early religious descriptions of objects and events (such as the Sun, Moon, and stars; thunder and lightning) placed these in the realm of things created or controlled by a god or gods. As science found explanations for observations in the realms of astronomy, meteorology, geology, cosmology and biology, the ‘need’ for a god to explain phenomena was progressively reduced, occupying smaller and smaller ‘gaps’ in knowledge. This line of reasoning commonly holds that since the domain of natural phenomena previously explained by God is shrinking, theistic or divine explanations for any natural phenomenon become less plausible. One modern example of God in the gaps is the theory of the origin of life.

The problem with this argument is that, as time progresses, the amount which is answered by science gets more and more, and the gap that God is supposed to create gets less and less. For example, during the prehistoric times, storms and other catastrophes like earthquakes were considered from God. God was supposed to give them to us to show us of his displeasure. Nowadays, science has explanation for these earthquakes. As the science explains more and more, the big question is, shall science eventually be able to answer all? or will science approach more but never all? If science gets to answer everything, then the idea of God is out of the picture. Isn’t God supposed to be above all and unanswerable by science, since God was the being which made material things and science itself?

But the gap is decreasing and science is beginning to answer and discover things which were previously impossible before. The funny thing is that science is now beginning to step in the realm of knowledge which was previously dared to be stepped on only by religion. A lot of religions have previously asserted that within God, no time exists. If you look at it, science has been able to theorize some cases where time indeed does not exist. Within a black hole time is non-existent and before the big bang, there is no concept of time. With the advent of the ideas of Albert Einstein, the concept of time has been stretched further. Time can now speed up or slow down. Mass of an object now may increase in special circumstances. Energy is now convertible to mass and vice versa.

So back to the issue, as of now, the major problems to answer are:

  1. How can an increasingly disordered universe actually create life. Will there be proof in the future that in certain cases entropy does decrease?
  2. How can something come out of nothing.

Probably only time can tell.

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