There is a lively discussion in the comments to Is it unscientific to believe in God?, the blog post below this one. I have decided to open it to more discussion. To me, this is a very interesting topic, especially since I have been on both sides of it.
The essential question regarding whether it Is unscientific to believe in God is this:
“How did life begin”.
No matter what your answer is to that question, you must have faith to believe it.
For over forty years, I believed that the origin of life on earth, the arising of the first cell complete with DNA, was the result of a cosmic combination of time and chance. I was led to believe that it was a scientific fact, but scientific evidence has to be testable and repeatable,
I came to the conclusion that if something only happened once, like the origin of life (and DNA), and there is no evidence of how it happened, then how you believe it happened is a matter of faith
After considerable thought, and lots of reading of lots of books over the period of nine months, I came to believe (by a process of elimination) that there was scientific evidence that life required a designer (creator). It is my faith the creator (designer) is God of the Bible.
Science and faith are not mutually exclusive; it’s just matters how you interpret the scientific evidence.
Now, I know you probably think I’m ignorant and ill-informed, and I really don’t mind. I felt the same way until 12 years ago. Nothing you say will hurt my feelings, and nothing you say will change my mind. So, let the discussion continue!
PS: I want to re-post this paragraph from the other blog:
I would like to recommend a book. Each chapter is by a different scientist who gives evidence of things in his or field of science that cannot be explained by purely physical and natural means. You can read it for free, online:
I made a point in a comment that I want to copy here: (with typos fixed – man I can’t type worth beans):
I do not believe in God as creator because “the Bible tells me so” (a common misconception). I believe in God as creator because, in my examination of the scientific evidence, there is no other explanation for how a computer program with all the instructions to make a living being (DNA) could happen by chance.
DNA is made in the cell, and the cell is made by the directions in the DNA.
If we see a square rock in a excavation, we know it was made by design, a human must have been there. But, if DNA is found in every single living cell, that is thought, by “science” to be a process of chance.
Mainstream science begins with the conclusion that all things happened without the help of a creator, then makes its examinations of the evidence. The results of the examination of the evidence are already tainted because the conclusion is made before the science begins.