“There are times in history when the dark drums of God can barely be heard amid the noises of this world. Then it is only in moments of silence, which are rare and brief, that their beat can be faintly discerned. There are other times. These are the times when God is heard in rolling thunder, when the earth trembles and the treetops bend under the force of [God’s] voice. It is not given to men [and women] to make God speak. It is only given to them to live and to think in such a way that, if God’s thunder should come, they will not have stopped their ears.” ― Peter L. Berger
Modern scientists and philosophers have increasingly been publishing works that seek to demonstrate that science has made the whole idea of “god” a thing of the past. These works attempt to show that the only knowable reality is the material one. All of life is seen as a series of combinations of atoms and molecules. Furthermore, the alleged discovery of what some call the “god particle” has garnered much attention in recent times (See one article on this issue here). This discovery has led some to believe the universe has no need for an “outside organizer,” as this particle at the subatomic level is supposed to hold that principle within its own impersonal and material being.
So what should be done with all the historical belief that Something greater than the universe designed, made, and preserved the universe? Has science managed to bury God? Many people on both sides of this issue are engaging in public debates. This Thinker Education experience will showcase one such debate between two of its most qualified and engaging opponents. On October 21, 2008 in the Oxford Museum of Natural History, surrounded by dinosaur bones and 500 onlookers, two men gathered to debate the subject, “Has Science Buried God?” Let’s get to know each of our participants and then enjoy their debate.