Science answers to the HOWs, faith to the WHYs [YOU RESPOND]
Sent: Tuesday, March 18, 2008 6:14 AM
Subject: [Defend my God!] The main problem
Antonio Pappo sent a message using the contact form at http://www.rationalresponders.com/contact.
I'm not actually defending my god, but I'd like to clarify a point. In the big debate between science and faith one forgets a point. Science answers to the HOWs, faith to the WHYs. It is a common misbelief that science can explain everything. Science can explain everything (with some limitation, obviously, but scientists have always work to do) just a fraction of second AFTER the big-bang. Some theories tries to go further, but it's all speculation, since everything depends on the mass of the universe, that is still unknown with enough precision.
This is the big point: faith tries to explain WHY the big bang happened, and why all the things in the world exist. Science doesn not, and luckly MUST have not any answer for that, because to answer that kind of question the rationaility that applies to the real world simply does not hold anymore. Science cannot, because of her inner nature, go beyond the HOWs. E=mc2 holds. Thats a FACT. Why? Why not E=mc3? F=ma holds as well, bu why not F=3ma? Nobody can explain, but science tells us that NO MATTER why, those relations are TRUE in our universe. The why is left to the faith, and probably no explanation is better than anoher one.
I think that this concept is one of the most important things realized by our culture, and probably one of the most less understood. That's why I look with the same eye people that believe in creationism and people who says that science can explain everything.
I hope that you seriously consider this mail, and not just drop it.
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