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Photography and God in Science

 

Originally, my post on here was going to be about an article I read on Mail Online, regarding a photograph taken by the European Observatory’s Vista telescope in Chile. There are more than 200,000 galaxies in the photograph, and it took 55 hours of exposure, five different colored filters, and over 6,000 separate exposures to create the picture. And it’s really a beautiful photo. Furthermore, it shows how advanced technologies are and it brings science to life.

My post, clearly, still is on this photograph, but I am not going where I intended to go. I wanted, at first, to talk about technology’s advancement and photography, but then I read the comments on the article. The first comment says this, “Alone? Insignificant? Feel so small? Call God through His Son Jesus Christ and you will never feel alone, insignificant or small every again.” The comment got a significant amount of backlash, with people arguing that God and Jesus have no place in science. This brought up many questions for me.

Firstly, I was thinking about what is the role of comments in blogging? Does it serve a purpose to comment things like the above?

Secondly, and this question may be too daunting to even discuss: what is the role of God in science? Does God, whether or not you believe, have a place when discussing science? Should God/religion and science be completely separate entities? Is that even possible?

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  1. MTDM
    March 28, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    This is definitely a touchy and daunting topic to discuss. And i believe there isn’t really an answer. If someone believes in God, then they would say, without a doubt, nothing about science could exist without him. They would say that God created science. But for those who do not believe in God, or believe in other gods, they would probably say that there is no way for God to fit into science. And then, of course, there are those in the middle, unsure of where to place God with science. It’d be nice if there was an easy answer to this question. But with so many ideologies, beliefs, intensities of beliefs, and other factors, there many never be a solution.

  2. anthonypribadi
    March 28, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    I think there was a post earlier touching about this topic of God and science in our class blog. But anyway, answering the first question: I would say, normally, forums have some kind of rules on commenting, e.g. no religion, no racism, etc. But if they don’t, sometimes there are some admins whose job is to accept comments or delete inappropriate comments. I have seen a lot of inappropriate comments get deleted in websites like youtube, footytube, etc. And specifically in this case, it’s a little out of the place the fact that someone was trying to do some kind of evangelism through comment like this. But if that comment went in, and there is no rule forbidding that, and the admin people didn’t delete that comment, I think by law there is nothing wrong with that.

    Responding 2nd question: I am one of the believers that God plays a role in everything, including science too. For people like me, studying science is a way to know God more closely, since the more you study the more you know that the universe is awesome and you begin to realise “oh geez! actually I don’t know a lot of stuffs!”. There are a lot of debates, at the first place, discussing whether or not God exists. One of the arguments of the theist group is this: We all know about the cause and effect law. Everything happens as a result of something which has happened beforehand. But where is the end of the cause? Thus, there must be a God who created the universe and started the cause-effect chain. After that point, then everything else proceeds forth (expansion of the universe, global warming, human civilization advancement, etc). So, if God exists and once created the universe, of course there is no harm in bringing God in the conversation when talking about science.

    • April 9, 2012 at 3:21 am

      But what, then, “caused” the existence of this God?

      This comment does not aim to engage or to perpetuate the God vs. science debate, but rather to posit the universality of a point you seemed to be getting at–that the intricate workings of the universe do not abide by human rules or logic. Be it a deity whose motives and strategies we don’t necessarily understand, or something else we haven’t thought of, we should be both careful and imaginative in trying to understand the universe: it’s like the search for water on other planets to assess the possibilities of live on them, when lifeforms on another planet wouldn’t necessarily be carbon-based and therefore wouldn’t require water. And so to try to submit the concept of the origins of the universe to a cause-and-effect sort of reasoning may be fallacious, if for reasons we don’t understand.

      • anthonypribadi
        April 10, 2012 at 2:48 am

        Hey man, I love your critical thinking. Yeah, that cause-and-effect sort of argument might be wrong. Or it might be right. I don’t know. What “caused” the existence of this God? Again, I don’t know about that. I just feel that on a lot things on earth, we would never know why. For instance, why do humans have 2 arms? Why not 3? Or 4? Well, it just happens that we have 2 arms.

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