Scientific Theism

A universe with a God would look quite different from a universe without one. A physics, a biology where there is a God is bound to look different. So the most basic claims of religion are scientific. Religion is a scientific theory.

— Richard Dawkins [1]

Well, what does the universe look like? Apparently:

There is mystery, but the world is not frivolous nor light-fingered in its changeability. If you put a brick on a table it stays there unless something moves it, even if you have forgotten it is there.

— Richard Dawkins [2]

Now, is that what a universe with a God would look like or is it what a universe without a God would look like? Since it is the premise of Aquinas’ First Way, I am inclined towards the former.

[1] Dawkins, Richard. Lecture from ‘The Nullifidian’ (Dec 94), available online:

[2] Dawkins, Richard, Unweaving The Rainbow, Houghton Mifflin (1998), p. 29. (Admittedly, this is actually Dawkins’ description of what makes good science fiction rather than an explicit claim about the real world. However, it is obvious from the context that he intends this statement to be a true description of the real world, which is precisely why he believes it makes for good science fiction.)

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