I was just reading this article on the WSJ online entitled "Man vs. God". Well surprise, surprise I'm a Christian and happen to understand enough about physics to be a computer Engineering major.

My question is, is there proof of the non-existence of "God". i.e is it right to say there is no such thing as God? Is there physical proof?

Does evolutionary theory explain the start of the universe? Some theories state that the universe "always existed".

Personally, I find the article very offensive because it is asking me to have faith that there is no such thing as God. The irony.

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 Okay, after a bit of thinking my conclusion is that there can never be an answer. Evolutionary theorist would never be satisfied with any proof of a God as that "being" would simply be a more evolved species. The being could walk on water, wake people from the dead, or be at multiple places at the same time. Still he would only be superhuman and not supernatural. This whole debate is starting to sound like an endless loop.
 Recognitions: Science Advisor Well, the essence of faith is to believe in something without reason or proof. This is where the quality of faith lies within, unconditional belief. What would the value of faith be if you saw God every day? It wouldnt require more faith of you to believe then than to believe in the very chair you are sitting on. And of course, it isnt considered very faithful to believe in earthly objects we experience every day. To your question: No, there does not exist any physical evidence of Gods non-existence, because God, in any reasonable definition, is a transcendent being - i.e. outside of this world. Evolutionary theory has nothing to do with the beginning of the universe, it is a theory of the origin of species. Theories state whatever is required to keep the theory consistent with itself, and with observed facts together with occams razor. Because the standard model "predicts" that the universe started in a Big Bang does not make it the one physical Truth, it is simply what observation currently are telling us - and that is a great motivation for a theory. Moreover, many theories - despite their possibly nonintuitive postulates - are extremely accurate in their predictions when compared to observations. And this is really the purpose of a theory, to describe the world as it is - i.e. how we percieve it. Faith is a matter of personal opinion. Many find it very rewarding - emotionally or otherwise - to believe in religion. Also, it might be part of the tradition of the culture you have grown up in, and thus is something shared within a society. You shouldnt base your opinion on God on the lack of evidence, its the very lack of evidence that makes you faithful! Personally I find the "battle" between atheists and theists to be quite ridiculous. There shouldnt be a reason to force your opinion on anyone else.

I too was Christian until a couple of months ago, I found it quite disturbing when I realized that I couldn't really believe in Christianity, now I'm deistic.

Oh dear. Religion.

Believe whatever you want mate. No point in getting upset by anything anyone says about it. Yes its a loop and we could all be here forever arguing about it and get precisely nowhere.

Which is exactly the reason that Religion is on the 'shaky topic' list on the guidelines.

 Quote by Jarle Evolutionary theory has nothing to do with the beginning of the universe, it is a theory of the origin of species.
You've got to be careful how you phrase that, as many would take 'origin of species' to mean 'origin of life' itsself.

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 Quote by Lacero Okay, after a bit of thinking my conclusion is that there can never be an answer. Evolutionary theorist would never be satisfied with any proof of a God as that "being" would simply be a more evolved species. The being could walk on water, wake people from the dead, or be at multiple places at the same time. Still he would only be superhuman and not supernatural. This whole debate is starting to sound like an endless loop.
This is just not true. It's precisely because we don't find things like unicorns or centaurs that we know evolution is the correct process.

 Quote by DavidSnider This is just not true. It's precisely because we don't find things like unicorns or centaurs that we know evolution is the correct process.
I don't follow. Even if we found a unicorn, it would not disprove evolution.

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 Quote by seycyrus I don't follow. Even if we found a unicorn, it would not disprove evolution.
If every animal was a freakish chimera, it pretty much would. But that's not what we find.

At the very least there would be evidence for an alternative process.

 Quote by DavidSnider If every animal was a freakish chimera, it pretty much would. But that's not what we find. At the very least there would be evidence for an alternative process.
I was just saying that a one horned horse would not disprove evolution. But yes, if every creature was a mix and mash, then evolution would need a revisal. Dr. Moreau perhaps.

 Recognitions: Science Advisor Please dont make this into a theory of evolution clash, lets keep that in the science forums. The best way to settle these conversations is apparantly NOT through discussion.
 As far as I am aware the theory of evolution only really disproved the teleological argument for the existence of God. That still leaves the cosmological argument, the moral argument and the ontological argument to name a few. Evolution may also be in contradiction with some of the facts and dates written in the Bible, which is a problem for literalists. Anyway, if I believed in God (which I don't), I don't think the theory of evolution would be enough to convince me otherwise.

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 Quote by Lacero My question is, is there proof of the non-existence of "God". i.e is it right to say there is no such thing as God? Is there physical proof?
There is no scientific "proof" of the non-existence of anything, and it's a waste of time and resources to try to construct one. If you can construct a testable hypothesis about your beliefs, and design a rigorous examination (including observations and analysis), then you are OK. If not, you are in the realm of faith. If I tell you that there are fairies living in my cellar, perfectly ripening my cold-stored winter squash, and eating only waste heat from my ground floor, can you disprove that? Would you even bother considering it?

Every year around late December, there are posts dedicated to "proving" that Santa Claus cannot exist because he and his reindeer (and the toys) would have to massively violate the laws of physics. These are tongue-in-cheek exercises, of course, but to some extent similar arguments can be made against any extraordinary/supernatural claims.

For some background, when I was about 12-13 I had decided that Roman Catholic teachings could not be reconciled with my experiences, though it took me another year or two to convince my parents not to keep putting me through the indoctrination. I had already decided that humans cannot know some things, though at that age I had not been adequately exposed to the concept of agnosticism, and didn't know that I wasn't all alone.

 Who cares? Either he/she/it exists or he/she/it doesn't. Neither side will ever convince the other. And to the OP. How on earth can you get offended by some words that someone wrote about some subject that is contrary to what you believe? The article asks opinions both sides. I'm assuming you get 'offended' at Dawkins' part of the article, a man who is well known for regulally bashing religion. Just what did you expect with a title such as Man vs. God anyway? If you really are that thin skinned about anything contrary to your opinion of god's existance, i'd suggest you choose the articles you read more carefully.

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 Quote by xxChrisxx Just what did you expect with a title such as Man vs. God anyway?
Fun Fact: Israel literally means "He has striven with God"

 Quote by Lacero I'm a Christian and happen to understand enough about physics to be a computer Engineering major.
I think there is another reason why should not be able to sleep, probably more important : you have not understood enough about your faith to realize that it has nothing to do with what science has to say.

Science and religion can not conflict each other, or it means at least one of the two and probably both are misconceived. It would be foolish to claim "but this measurement must be wrong, because it contradicts my faith".