“The book, science, and proof of God serve science and faith.

with their book God and science are the proof (Jay Tridaniel, 2021) Michel-Yves Polloret and Olivier Bonacez throw a stone in a pond. Its objective is to describe recent developments in the fields of physics and cosmology and to conclude Proof of the existence of God (who are they) Modern, clear, rational, multidisciplinary, can be approached objectively (sic) in the real universe. after me “The Undivided Physical Pact” In the intellectual world of happy authors “Science seems to be the ally of God”. Unfortunately, the book contains lies that can only be understood by non-scientists. At the same time and wrongly, he offers an intellectual schema of the question of God, which can be qualified as “empty materialism”.

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Nature is sublime and everyone, especially scientists, can be surprised by its exact order. According to M. Bolloré and Bonnassies, contemporary science could have explored this arrangement with such a level of detail that we are no longer far from touching the Creator, as in the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. It is neither more nor less than a teleological argument: Nature, perfectly harmonious, can only be the work of an entire being, God, and the authors have adapted this argument without calling and distorting it. to serve their purpose. Must the sensitive experience of nature pass through the practice of science? No, of course: the only walk that surprises the birds that fly over a lake brings breathtaking nature to life without the exercise of a scientific approach. Regardless of mm. Bolloré and Bonnassies, no one waited for the Hubble Space Telescope to contemplate creation and feel the gesture of God around them.

Realistic mistakes

The authors claim that modern cosmology “It means that the universe had a beginning”, Focus on the story of creation and the existence of the Creator. This is wrong: the Big Bang theory proposes that the universe occupies a state of increasing density and temperature as we travel back in time, to the point where it reaches density and temperature regimes where our current understanding of physics is no longer applicable. Thus, science is no longer predictive, and any scientific assertion about the beginning may only be an uncertain extrapolation. But whatever, mm. Bolloré and Bonnassies sell bear skins: we have found the place of origin.

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But do we really prove it? the presence of god ? In the background, we understand that the authors invoke the cosmological argument: for any movement to have a cause, there must be a primary movement, which is God. And again, the point is reached by reducing the historical argument to an empty phrase: science has found the first movement, God is the first movement, and therefore science has found God, but this evidence does not satisfy believers! Was the great watchmaker who started the Big Bang and calculated the fundamental constants of physics a god of mercy who came down to earth and suffered from a passion for the forgiveness of sins? Obviously, no one believes it.

Spiritual dead end

Of course, think of the harmony of the universe or of God as first cellphone Believers can rest on their faith, but cosmological and teleological arguments are a spiritual dead end, they do not help to progress on the path of belief in the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

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This spiritual dilemma hides another logical thing this time around: the existence of God cannot be an object of science. As Karl Popper teaches us, only false claims, that is, the contribution of new experiences can be invalidated, are scientific claims. This is how science advances: through the progressive falsification and refinement of its content. This in principle excludes from science a series of assertions, including the existence of God, and therefore resorting to science to prove the existence of God is a twofold situation, however well-known.

God is revelation

First, God is a revelation. So, for those who want to meditate on the truth, “Faith and reason are two wings”, John Paul II wrote in Faith and reason, an inescapable monument to the current issue, and a flaw in operational references. In addition, these wings are not foreign to each other. Faith is nourished by knowledgeAbove all, the knowledge of God through the study of the life and teachings of Christ, through interpretation and theology, which are two sciences. Of course, believers are encouraged to acquire this knowledge to strengthen their faith as suggested. the post office The light of faith.

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In an attempt to banish materialism in the state of “irrational belief”, Mr. Boluri and Bonassis hit each other. The assumption that God appears in nature as proof of his existence is materialistic. It is even worse to limit this understanding to science: it is empty materialism. Their work presents a mystical scientific discourse that at the same time serves science, suddenly deprived of its principles and substance, faith, which has suddenly withdrawn from the field of the human heart.

However, it is in the human heart that God appears in his first dimension, the spiritual dimension. The power of love, the joy of forgiveness, the continuity of faith and hope, the happiness of love: if there is evangelization, it is surely these interior movements that we must try to describe and awaken. Indeed, if God also manifests himself in the contemplation of creation, the latter, although transcendent, is not his only work.

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