God has no place in science, until now. The ecumenism driven by Rome includes not only the worldwide religions but also the field of science. Numerous compromise solutions promise common intersections for the dogmas of the Catholic Church and the theories of the scientists.
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Science is (still) shaped by atheism
In their assumptions, hypotheses, speculations and results declared as theories, scientists, especially in the field of natural science, generally rule out a Creator God. Even the universe came “somehow from somewhere” and the life that arose in it was an almost endless chain of pure coincidences. An intelligence like the omnipotents has no place in the theses of the “studied” and this must not be granted at all. According to the current “state of knowledge” the universe arose from nothing. Not exactly a scientific statement, but rather an expression of helplessness in the midst of the inexplicable.
First insights into the existence of God
However, there are also scientists who live in a kind of intermediate world. On the one hand the world of natural science shaped by atheism, on the other hand a world with the commitment to a creator god. This is how Karin Öberg, professor of astronomy and director of undergraduate studies at Harvard University, handles it, as reported by the Catholic News Agency (CNA). The universe has a beginning, a middle, and an end that unfolds over time. According to Öberg, belief in God can actually be a help for science instead of an obstacle. Belief in a Creator offers a “secure foundation”.
From Atheism to Catholicism – rain & tear
Swedish scientist Öberg converted from atheism to Catholicism and currently sits on the board of the International Society of Catholic Scientists. This also explains why, despite her belief in a Creator God, her scientific work is also permeated with “wisdom of life” that deviates from the gospel. “I think we should be fairly confident that a true philosophy and a true religion should make it easier to make scientific discoveries, and not the opposite,” Öberg said in a Jan. 13, 2023 speech at the Wonder Conference in Texas , according to CNA. In any case, caution is advised when using the keyword philosophy in connection with Catholicism. The Church of Rome is permeated with Hellenistic philosophy, expressed in the cath. Social Doctrine (Natural Law).
The Big Bang theory taught to this day does not have its origins in the US astronomer Edwin Hubble, as is so often assumed, but in the priest Georges Lemaître, a Belgian and Jesuit. Öberg therefore wonders whether it was easier for Lemaître to develop this Big Bang theory because of his belief. “I mean, he already knew by faith that the universe had a beginning in time,” CNA quoted the scientist as saying, relating her statement to the Catholic belief in creation as recounted in the book of Genesis (Genesis).
There is no room for the true gospel
At this point alone it is already clear that even with “Christian scientists” it is only a matter of a compromise solution. The book of Genesis does indeed contain the creation account, along with its order and time period. But there is nowhere to be read that the process lasted millions and billions of years. In addition to the origin of heaven and earth, this also includes the origin of life on this planet. There is no room for any (human) philosophies.
After all, the scientist affirms that there is order and comprehensibility in the universe that science cannot prove. Scientific methods have their limits. “There are many questions about the universe that we can ask that are not scientific,” says the scientist, citing “fine art” as an example. There must therefore be something from which it emanates. Most scientists can guess this, according to Öberg. There are numerous ways to get to the truth and science is one of them. However, there are areas that are reserved for religious and philosophical areas, and morality is one of them.
This path also leads to Rome
Who constitutes the highest moral institution for the Catholic does not really need to be singled out. With the help of “Laudato si‘”, the “Pontifex” has been doing everything he can for years to stand out as the linchpin of all morality on environmental and climate issues. While science cannot prove much of the theories it has put forward, it is possible to prove God’s existence using scientific methodology.
In addition to religions, ecumenism also includes science
People are rational and strive for high power and this indicates that our souls are “formed after God himself”, according to Öberg, speaking “from the soul” of every Catholic and New Ager. The organizer of the lecture, Wonder Conference, reveals the actual background to the confessions to the Creator God on its own website: “A perceived incompatibility between faith and science has led to an increase in the number of non-religious people. This perception contradicts the experience of Catholic tradition , which conveys the beautiful harmony between faith and science”.
The Catholic Church, with its tradition-laden (false-) teachings, opens up common intersections with science. There is talk of a Creator God, but this must remain compatible with the ideas within natural science. This constructed God has nothing to do with the gospel. This is irrelevant for the Church of Rome anyway, since it pursues completely different goals than bringing salvation.