Originally posted by ich binimKopfweg
Now then, I was brought up to believe heavily in science, the big bang theory etc which I do, very strongly but I also think there is a power, I don't think God is the right word but something - when I think about trees (don't laugh) and their ability to absorb the poisonous CO2 and release O2 that we need I can't believe that this was just an accid ...[text shortened]... 'a power' or 'being' as prefer to refer to it as exists.
I'm a science teacher and one of the classes I teach to secondary students is Astrophysics - a very cut down and simplified overview of space science. One of the areas we cover is the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, and I think there are some parallels to draw here.
A classic argument for the existence of many alien civilisations goes something like this: I can't believe that we could be the only intelligent civilisation, there is so much space out there, there must be others.
But where is the actual reasoning in this? Space is big so there must be things to fill it? Not terribly convincing, however much we might want there to be aliens.
Back here on Earth, the fact that we are amazed by the intricacy of the natural world - the photosynthesis reactions for example - doesn't in and of itself mean that there is anything more, nor that this natural world was created.
Of course, it doesn't mean it wasn't either.
But I would suggest, and have argued this here before, that if you allow for creation - which seems to me to need something that operates outside of nature, ie. something supernatural - then you allow for anything to be possible. We don't get anything
in nature, there are many limits and boundaries. That doesn't strike me as the work of a creator, since presumably a creator could do anything. Why not mammals with 10 legs and 6 eyes, or fish that can also breathe, or trees that walk and swim? The mere fact that the world does have limits suggests that there is no creator.
You may feel comfort in believing otherwise, so go ahead ...