The Space of Uncertainty


Science explains What and How. Faith explains Why.

Science explains What and How. Faith explains Why.

I was going for a run the other day and thinking about Science and God.

I get philosophical when I run because running is repetitive and boring and I need to concentrate on something besides how tired my body is or how out of breath I am. Math problems or basic physics equations are good for this. We’re not talking quantum mechanics or anything: just short word problems that don’t allow me to be distracted. Once I can stay focused long enough to block out the distractions I can reach that zen-like state of no-mind that some people become very limber doing yoga to try to achieve.

So I went out for a run and started to think about Science. In particular why Science and God never get to play in the same sandbox.

There is a completely man-made dichotomy between matters of Science and matters of Faith. I find this unnatural, unhealthy, and completely irrational. To my mind, you don’t have to travel far into the world of Science before it becomes impossible to believe that human perception is the be-all-and-end-all of reality. Likewise you don’t have to travel far into the world of Faith before it becomes impossible not to see the value of logic, reason and diligence.

So I began to wonder whether the apparent separation between the two comes from the fact that Science cannot explain or prove the existence of God and that Faith cannot form the basis of good Science. Science describes the How and the What. Faith describes the Why.

God exists in the spaces of our uncertainty.

When Science brings us to the brink of all known things we proceed into the space of uncertainty with Faith.  Science can’t explain everything and it never will. There should be no greater evidence of this than the Uncertainty Principle: that light behaves both as a wave and as physical matter depending on whether or not you are looking at it. The fact that there is an intrinsic uncertainty underlying everything is the greatest proof of the existence of God. There is always something Unknowable.

 

~ by Gwydhar Gebien on February 9, 2013.

One Response to “The Space of Uncertainty”

  1. Good post!

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