I read an interesting article in the Telegraph newspaper online this evening. The first comment after the article showed an all to common lack of understanding of scientific proof.
Andy Cunningham wrote “When I realised there was no Father Christmas, I realised that there can’t be a god, either.”
I should like to know how you ‘realised’ this. The two are completely different, in that it can easily be proved that Father Christmas is not real, yet nobody has offered any strong evidence that God does not exist.
Following scientific methods and principles, you can not prove that either Father Christmas or God don’t exist any more than you can prove that reindeer don’t fly. To prove that reindeer don’t fly or Father Christmas doesn’t exist he will have to use thinking that would also lead to proving God doesn’t exist. This is why the religion I was raised with had no problem with science, science could never disprove the existence of anything supernatural including God.
It is not satisfying to many people but it’s an unavoidable reality that science can’t disprove the existence of the supernatural. The existence of the supernatural is provable using scientific methods but so far it hasn’t happened. This isn’t for lack of trying mind you, much effort and money has been expended over the past hundred plus years trying. There just hasn’t been any success in the research.