Episode 145 - God, The Failed Hypothesis
September 17, 2012
A physicist’s verdict on the existence of God. In a word … well, no.
On September 10, 2008, the Center for Inquiry – Michigan at Grand Rapids presented a lecture by physicist and author Victor Stenger, “God: The Failed Hypothesis.”
Historically, arguments for and against God’s existence have been the domain of philosophers and theologians. Often it was assumed that science had nothing to contribute – or that it had better things to do. Yet science has revolutionized human life and our understanding of the world. Does it make sense, then, that science should have nothing to say about what believers regard as the most urgent question of all?
Stenger contends that, if God exists, some evidence for this existence should be detectable by scientific means, especially considering the central role that God is alleged to play in the operation of the universe and the lives of humans.
Victor Stenger is adjunct professor of philosophy at the University of Colorado and professor emeritus of physics and astronomy at the University of Hawaii. His books include Has Science Found God?, The Comprehensible Cosmos, and Not by Design.