God vs. Scientists:
(The Creation of Adam from the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel by Michelangelo.)
I lifted this “story” from LarryD’s comment in the combox over at Jimmy Akin’s blog. The comment comes from a post about a story in Newsweek, which explores science’s search for the “God particle” that would provide a unifying theory of the creation of the universe – of course excluding God from the process.
I don’t understand the mindset of scientists and people who cannot (or will not) understand that matter doesn’t create itself. I am not a scientist, or much of a philosopher; but, even I can understand that.
Anyway, here’s the story, as written by LarryD:
One day the scientists determined that they had once and for proven that belief in God was no longer necessary. So one was chosen from their elite group to tell God He wasn’t needed anymore. After some calls and back and forth, God came down, cherubim in tow, and met the scientist in a park.
“You wanted to see me?” God asked, and he started to walk through the park. The scientist walked beside him.
“We’ve got it all figured out, God,” the scientist said. “Thanks to the progress we’ve made in the past century or so, with all the advances we’ve made in genetics, nanotechnology, medicine, belief in you is unnecessary now. You can go.”
“Really,” God replied.
“Yep. In fact, if you haven’t noticed, we can now create life, thanks to our discoveries in biology, cloning and subatomic research. We were stumped for quite awhile, but we’ve done it.”
“I’m impressed,” God said quite nonchalantly.
“You don’t seem too upset,” the scientist said, disappointment creeping into his voice.
God shrugged, and stopped. “Tell you what. Let’s have a little contest, and if you succeed, I’ll go away. Quietly. Willingly, even. But if you fail, I’ll stay for eternity. You game?”
The scientist thought about it for a moment. He’s playing for time, he thought to himself, or denying the obvious reality. It won’t hurt to play along. After all, we’ve learned everything.
“OK,” the scientist agrees. “What’s the contest?”
“Well,” God started to say, strolling towards a bare patch of ground, “you claim that you can create life.”
“So with all your advances you could even, say, create life from dirt.” God toed the ground beneath his feet.
“Given time, I’m confident we can do it,” the scientist replied.
“Well, okay then, that’s the contest. Create life from dirt, as I did back in the Garden of Eden.”
The scientist stooped down to pick up some dirt, but God gently laid His hand on the scientist’s shoulder. The scientist looked up, and God was wagging his finger. “Make your own dirt first.”
So, does anyone offer any “proof” of God’s existence; and that He is responsible for designing and creating our universe (and everything in it)?
I’m glad you asked. St. Thomas Aquinas (in his inimitable Summa Theologica) offers: