THE ETHICS of FAITH

IS GOD?   ETHICS and the UNPROVEN

The atheist claims that God does not exist because He can’t be proven.  I offer an explanation, admittedly not proof, but posit that proof is not necessary.  We accept certain basic hypotheses that cannot be proven as fact.  Why not one more?

That we live on this earth is a fact, but that we are  physically connected to it is assumed to be proven fact.  It is not.   I refer of course to gravity, which is only a theory and not proven.

We know it by experience, and can even measure it, but we do so in terms of earth—not universally.  That it exists universally is known, but what and why it is remains unproven.  Yet we accept it unconditionally.  This is known as an act of faith.

If that’s not enough, consider electromagnetism (EM) and the electromagnetic spectrum.  We cannot prove it, although we can measure (parts of) it and our very being depends on it.

The EM spectrum is made up of waves (not mass).  Frequencies range from very long (the length of the Universe) to very short (we don’t know that limit—it’s assumed to be infinite).  Actually, the longest wave might not belong to the size of the Universe—there may be waves longer than that, for all we know.

But EM represents the interaction responsible for almost all the phenomena encountered in daily life (including the obvious sight and hearing), with the exception of gravity.

Here we have two basic phenomena without which we couldn’t exist, and they can’t be proven, but we (including the atheist) have faith in them.

We know as well that the Higgs field (enabled by the Higgs boson) exists (although we can’t see them because they are massless), and that when certain particles (with no mass) pass through it they gain the property of mass.  Some thing from nothing?  Sounds like creation to me.  And there is an underlying field of consciousness (for want of a better word)  permeating the entire Universe (perhaps beyond??).  Modern (post-classical) physics supports this, as it does more than the four dimensions that we deal with daily.

Perhaps the difficulty lies in positing God as a human(like) being.  A person, being an effect, could not be a cause, let alone a first cause.  But consciousness being the foundation of reality can be anything it wills (merely by manifesting itself from innumerable possibilities as any form, at any time, in any place). It could be the form of a person, a plant, a rock, air, a particle, or anything else it wills to be, even…gravity?

Is God present as gravity?  Or is the EM field a manifestation?  Or the Higgs?  Whatever the reason for the Universe, all of these powerful but invisible phenomena are part of it and have been since at least its beginning.

It’s true (and therefore ethical) that there is a power greater than man and the Universe itself; why not call it God?  Some of us have.  If the atheist can come up with a case against it (other than ‘no’), I’ll listen.

 

Previous posts on this subject:

http://www.extremeethics.org/?p=727

http://www.extremeethics.org/?p=801

http://www.extremeethics.org/?p=620

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