“The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.”
- The God Delusion, Richard Dawkins
The practicing physicist of the modern day, that instills devotions or faith towards an ultimate designer will find himself in a theory crunching dilemma. Of such practices of mathematics or physics, and even chemistry are well acquainted with the sets of laws or theories that defines them as a true practice of science. Governed by and defined by strict sets of laws or theories, instilled by ridicule of reason and practice of evidence - seeking observations. For these practices themselves define the scientific enterprise, out with the old and in with the new, based upon evidence and reason. Science itself, is more of way of thinking, a thought process. Practicing these studies of science, under the beliefs that the universe is controlled by a intervening intelligent designer… especially under the forms of the Abrahamic religions that are of the most popular in society today,(Catholic, Judaism, Christianity) goes against all notions of the fundamental basis of practices themselves. The universe is governed by laws, that control every thing within it, from the constants to the derivatives to the prime numbers; the reason we have these laws set, is due to time after time self-proving observations. Suns explode at said mass due to said gravity, particles move at said speed due to said location, and these values are not only interchangeable but give less information on its symmetrical property. Planets orbit their host stars because of these laws, and apple fall from trees from the same notions. Believing in an intervening designer, you are accepting that are random times, when the designer so sees fit; such miracles are performed for favorite individuals, and such favored that the designer twists and mangled the laws of his created universe, for a split moment for the interest of the individual. Under this notion, no results can truly be deemed worthy. Anything could be the consequence of a manifestation of the laws of physics themselves, from the creator at any time - it’s almost as if the laws themselves are useless, what good is a measuring stick used as an instrument of measurement if its length is constantly changing due to super-natural intervention? A universe that which is godless, is much different from one controlled, intervened, and swathed by an intelligent design.
nothin’ better than hands coated in chalk and slapping them together after a good physics session.