Ask A Genius 461 – Religion, the Scientific Framework, Physical Models of the World, and Diminishment (3)
December 2, 2018
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Rick Rosner: In the 160 or so years since Darwin, halfway through it, you have Big Bang theory coming up, which postulates a world without any special agency.
Nobody had the idea of a unified field until the 1700s, which is compact equations for physical phenomenon. You do not get unified field theories until Maxwell in the second half of the 19th century.
Those are four equations that thoroughly describe the behavior of electromagnetic waves. After that, the idea of unification really catches on; we’ve been on that program strongly with most scientists not thinking about philosophy on a daily basis.
But if you ask most scientists about if they believe in the idea of a unified explanation for the entire universe, I’d say they believe in a unified explanation of the universe with 2/3rds believing in one or that it’s possible in the future.
A unified scientific explanation under the current theoretical and experimental support for that point of view; there’s no room for a creator. There are some views that try to work together with modern Big Band physics.
God is in the world but God is simply in everything in motion, or set everything in motion. But beyond satisfying compromises like that, God has been squeezed out.
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