Here it is, Michael Masons editorial wisdom. “Is belief in a deeply mysterious unknown root of the universe such a bad thing for science, even if it is perceived through the framework of Christian concepts and imagery?”
The answer to his question is YES, it is a bad thing for science, because the mysterious unknown root of the universe is a question, and a belief is not an answer but a hypothesis that can’t be tested presented as a truth. So his belief may be false, but the best the “Vatican Scientist” can say is that the cause of the universe is unknown but I believe it is God’s work because my family and priests gave me this belief as a gift. This ‘gift’ might actually be a curse, but if you don’t question…...... Such a statement is unworthy of a scientist, but truly worthy of a priest.
Father Coyne ex head of the Vatican observatory goes on “I said reasons are not adequate. Faith is not irrational, it is arational; it goes beyond reason. It doesn’t contradict reason. So my take is precisely that faith, to me, is a gift from God.”
Let’s call a spade a spade here. If faith is ‘arational’ it means it is without reason not ‘beyond’ reasoning, therefore you cannot have a discussion about it’s validity or otherwise because there is no reason for having such a faith. To paraphrase this scientist priests statement it is “I can’t know the real answer therefore the one I accept comes from my imaginary friend”.
Such superstitious rubbish masquerading as truth gets up my nose.