Joined: April 2007
It looks like I might have touched a sensitive spot.
While my distrust and distain for organized religion approaches loathing, I really would think it kind of neat if it turned out there is a supernatural scientist (God) who created our universe.
It wouldn't bother me in the slightest to have the faithful claiming "I told you so" because they know and knew nothing. A belief in something which happens to be true isn't knowledge.
A five year old girl could be taught to say "The more precisely the position is determined, the less precisely the momentum is known in this instant, and vice versa." Should a trained physicist be disturbed by this?
So far, Francis Collins hasn't gone too far out on a limb. He is stating his opinion that God exists is based on little more than personal feelings. He admitted this took a leap of faith. In other words, he doesn't know God exists he is assuming it as a philosophical truth.
We know the waterfall event was the defining moment when Collins took his leap but that is in the final chapter. In chapter 3 we are still discussing the possibility of some kind of supernatural force creating the universe.
It is often assumed the Big Bang is the one God-in-the-gap argument which can never be explained by science. Collins has pretty much made that argument. I disagree with him. I think Roger Penrose would too.