> The more I learn about astronomy the less I believe in God anyone else feel the same way?

The more I learn about astronomy the less I believe in God anyone else feel the same way?

Posted at: 2014-10-02 
Well I'm taking astronomy in college and I so do not believe in God when I learn about this stuff.

You need to talk to astronomer and physicist Dr. Hugh Ross. Or get one his books.

I agree with Francis Bacon's comment (parphrased):

A degree of scienentific understanding tends to lead one toward atheism,

an indepth understanding points back to God.

The more I learn about science the more God becomes clear.

No. The more I learn about science, including astronomy, the more I see how it fits in with who God is. I think He is absolutely spectacular. I particularly love the idea of a never-ending multiplicity of universes -- why not? God is infinite. Why would I expect Him to stop at one? The very idea seems utterly absurd.

Tell you what, study the law of entropy. It's the reason we have time. You can't take entropy backwards beyond the point of perfect organization. If this is true (and honest scientists -- atheists -- will typically accede to it), then the universe had a beginning, and nothing before that beginning can have ever been -- because you can't get more organized than perfect organization. God on the other hand, does not change and is not subject to entropy. God is the first cause (and we can argue later about the meaning of "God" -- that is, would the first cause need to be sentient? Alive? A personal being? A rational being?) I do have good reasons for my belief that God is in fact a sentient, personal, rational being, but I won't go into all that.

No, studying the universe increases my belief in God. It increases my understand of how vast, all encompassing, incredible and wonderful He is.

The more I learned about science, the smaller the gap in which God resides became.

For people honestly seeking truth, they should learn science, which is composed of evidence and demonstable facts, and not waste time with books that contain virtually no verifiable information.

People will find that science can explain how the stars, galaxies and planets formed. Science can explain how life evolved from simple origins with no need for supernatural influences. And what science can't explain, it can come up with far more plausible and far more parsimonious hypotheses than what religion could hope to come up with.

I'm not surprised to hear people say astronomy strengthened their belief in God. They come into astronomy class with the presupposition that God exists, and that whatever they learn, God is ultimately responsible for. It's easy to reconcile your views with new information. In fact, it's easy to strengthen your views with new information, because the more you learn, the less likely there is something you don't know that could disprove your beliefs. This doesn't change the fact that there is no reasons to believe a god is behind it all. These beliefs are not scientific. They are faith-based.

That seems odd to me, as many accredited astronomers consider astronomy to be the exploration of God's creation.

What about astronomy leads you to believe that God does not exist?

- Jim, Bach Sci Physics 1989

“The total amount of suffering per year in the natural world is beyond all decent contemplation. During the minute that it takes me to compose this sentence, thousands of animals are being eaten alive, many others are running for their lives, whimpering with fear, others are slowly being devoured from within by rasping parasites, thousands of all kinds are dying of starvation, thirst, and disease. It must be so. If there ever is a time of plenty, this very fact will automatically lead to an increase in the population until the natural state of starvation and misery is restored. In a universe of electrons and selfish genes, blind physical forces and genetic replication, some people are going to get hurt, other people are going to get lucky, and you won't find any rhyme or reason in it, nor any justice. The universe that we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil, no good, nothing but pitiless indifference." Richard Dawkins

“God is an ever receding pocket of scientific ignorance.” ― Neil deGrasse Tyson

I, and others I've met have the opposite view. The more I study astronomy, the greater God appears to be.

I'd agree with you. I first started to think atheism was far more credible than religion after I started reading Carl Sagan's books.

Once you understand that the universe is capable of producing all that is required to produce life, a god that has been created to plug gaps in our understanding becomes less and less relevant.

So sad to hear you say that. I took Astronomy in college, too, and it strengthened my faith in the Lord God, Creator of this magnificent universe you are studying now. It is just AMAZING to me and I am in AWE of God's creativity and power!

Men cannot say they do not know about God. From the beginning of the world, men could see what God is like through the things He has made. This shows His power that lasts forever. It shows that He is God. (Romans 1:20)?

MARANATHA! Come, Lord Jesus, COME!

Till we don't know everything about this Universe, one cannot rule out the existence of God

Sure. I realize that we really are just a speck of dust randomly floating out in a galaxy out of billions and billions of other galaxies and that we really are nothing special. It is extremely arrogant to think that this was all created just for us, especially when the universe is 99.99% hostile to life.

Well I'm taking astronomy in college and I so do not believe in God when I learn about this stuff.