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Scientists aim to make God unnecessary (Talk.Origins)

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This article (Scientists aim to make God unnecessary (Talk.Origins)) is a response to a rebuttal of a creationist claim published by Talk.Origins Archive under the title Index to Creationist Claims.


Claim CA602.2:

The goal of many scientists, especially evolutionists and cosmologists, is to explain the universe without God. They want to make God unnecessary.

Source:

  • Morris, Henry M. 2003. The bounds of the dominion mandate. Back To Genesis 175 (July), b.

CreationWiki response:

(Talk.Origins quotes in blue)

1. The goal of scientists is to explain the universe, period. If that could best be done by including God in the equations, it would be. However, God is inscrutable, even according to creationists, so God is useless as an explanation.

As is typical, Talk Origins is showing ignorance of the uses of God as an explanation. While God Himself can not be investigated essentially observed, or scientifically faslifiable, His actions or creation can be evaluated or implied to come from supernaturalism rather than naturalistic means. His actions as Creator can be evaluated in terms of the design principle, such as similarities, resulting from the similarity in function, and differences result from differences in function. As a result God is useful as an explanation for the existence of life and natural laws to explain it, just as abiogenesis is for evolution.

2. Explaining things without God does not make God unnecessary. Many people believe that God is necessary in their personal lives, regardless of his scientific implications. Morris's claim, in contrast, implies that God has no value as a personal God.

The fact that some people would still find a personal necessity for God has no affect on Morris's claim. Note he said, “They want to make God unnecessary” as opposed to making God unnecessary to every one.

3. Many scientists are firmly committed to God. Many interpret their findings as glorifying God.

This is particularly true of creation scientists, and they are consistant in doing so. For an evolutionist however, to do so, would just show how they are being intellectually inconsistant.