Precise science: Quo vadis - past and today

Before the journey can begin, it is due to the importance of science in the mediation of a worldview necessary to show some facts concerning the science, which everyone should be aware of, dealing with such spiritual themes, as they are discussed in the following.

Since the enlightenment due to the exemption from the narrow dogmatic church framework of knowledge, there has been a strong urge of the science for exactness. This freer pursuit of knowledge brought many good results and quite a few approaches confirmed the theosophical teachings. This fertility also founded that at that time the faith in many scientists was anchored more or less firmly. The well-known German physicist Max Planck (1858-1947) gave 2 testimonies for this holistic science spirit.

Religion and science - they are not as mutually exclusive, as some believe today or fear, but rather supplement and interdependent. Well the most direct evidence of the compatibility of religion and science even with thoroughly-critical contemplation is the historical fact that the largest naturalists of all time, men like Kepler, Newton, Leibniz were penetrated with deep religiosity. 1

Gentlemen, as a physicist, who dedicated all his life to the sober science, the exploration of matter, I'm sure to be free of suspicion, to be held for a flocking spirit. And so I say after my explorations of the atom: There is no matter itself. All matter arises and exists only by a force which brings the atomic particles to vibrate and holds them together to the tiniest solar system of the universe. As there is no intelligent force nor an eternal force in the whole universe - has humanity failed to invent the long awaited perpetual mobile - we must take on a conscious intelligent spirit behind that force. This spirit is the source of all matter. Not the visible, but perishable matter is the real, true, real - because there would be no matter without the spirit at all – but the invisible, immortal Spirit is truth! But since there cannot be a spirit, but every spirit belongs to a being, we must accept mandatory spirits. However, since spirits can not be out of themselves, but must be created, so I do not mind to name this mysterious creator just as all civilized nations of the earth have known for him for millennia: God! With that the physicist, who has to deal with the matter, comes from the kingdom of the substance to the kingdom of the ghost. And with that our task comes to an end, and we have to pass our research into the hands of philosophy. 2

One can also hear today such voices from the scientific community, however, the main tone is now a completely different. For this currently relevant flow gets the renowned physicist Stephen Hawkins a chance to speak:

God is unnecessary, to explain the origin of the universe, is what it says in the new work of the physicist with the title "The Grand Design ". New physical theories clearly showed that our universe quite spontaneously created out of itself, writes of the 68-year-old Briton in the book from which the newspaper "The Times" on Thursday printed first excerpts. […] "Because of laws such as gravity, a universe can and will create itself from nothing", quoted the newspaper the scientists. “Spontaneous creation is the reason why there is something instead of the nothing, why the universe exists, why we exist." It was not necessary, to add the hand of god for the explanation. In his bestseller "A Brief History of Time" the famous mathematician and astrophysicist, who is sitting in a wheelchair because of muscle weakness, according to "The Times" in the late eighties apparently still judged differently. At that time he had the "ultimate Theory" behind the creation, possibly could indicate a god. Especially the last words in "A Brief History of Time" became famous: If one day the merge of all equations of the universe succeed, "then we would know God's plan ". Especially in religious circles this quote is cited as evidence that even Hawking deems science and religion as compatible and possibly is even religious himself. But that is likely to be a fallacy. Hawking himself later wrote that almost deleted his famous final movement while editing the book. "Had I done that," said Hawking, "I probably would have halved the sales figures." 3

Two statements couldn’t be more contradicting. But who is right, judging reasonable or based on experience derives connections and thus logically concludes?

 

  • 1. Lectures and Memorys, Max Planck, p. 332.
  • 2. Archive of the history of the Max-Planck-Society, division Va, Rep. 11, Planck, No. 1797.
  • 3. Hawking considers creator god as unnecessary, Spiegel Online, www.spiegel.de/wissenschaft /natur/entstehung-des-alls-hawking-haelt-schoepfergott-fuer-ueberfluessig-a-715322.html, 02.09.2011.

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