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← Does science make belief in God obsolete?

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Comment #170010 by John Desclin

Why should a belief based on no evidence at all be obsolete or not?

People believe there is evidence:

The requirement for a creator.
The appearance of design.
Conversations with internal voices.

and so on.

As science can probably deal completely with all those cases, what gap does it leave for gods?

My view is that yes, science does make belief in gods obsolete. The reasons why people have believed in gods for millenia have been just about conclusively shown to be mistaken.

Theologists may attempt to push gods into the background, beyond whatever reach science currently has, but I would say that makes belief obsolete.

The term "obsolete" is a good one, as it does not mean the existence of gods has to be conclusively disproved; simply shown to be not reasonable, and not useful in an understanding of the world.

Sun, 27 Apr 2008 08:09:00 UTC | #161538