Science and religion have always been two sides of the same coin, which for the moment coexist in relative harmony, despite the fact that one could inevitably end the other sooner or later. As science advances and we learn more about the workings of the world around us, it seems that religious explanations of certain phenomena are discarded. However, since the beginning of time, human beings are spiritual beings who seek, perhaps in a higher deity, the explanation to the big questions: who we are and why we are here.
Other equally important questions have always been in the air: can a society survive without religion? Is a secularized society a society without morals? Would the world be more peaceful if there were no religions? And, more importantly, where does physics fit into all of this? What did you say Albert Einstein in his day: “If there is a God who created the entire universe and its laws of physics, Does God follow his own laws established by himself? Or can God replace His own laws, like traveling faster than the speed of light so that you can be in two different places at the same time? ”Okay, we understand that your head hurts a bit.
Can God travel faster than light?
So far, no object has been observed that can travel faster than the speed of light. It travels, specifically, at 300,000 kilometers per second in our Universe. A few years ago it was believed that there was something that could travel even faster: neutrinos. In 2011, a particle physics experiment was carried out in Italy that had been designed to study the phenomenon of neutrino ostilation. Then the whole world went into shock and it was believed that the result would change everything that was known (or believed to be known) about Einstein’s Theory of Special RelativityNeutrinos apparently traveled faster than light.
Light travels at 300,000 kilometers per second in our Universe, but what about others?
However, soon after the truth was discovered: it was all due to a failure in one of the digital clocks of laboratory computers. When someone realized and connected the cable that had failed properly, it was found that the neutrinos were traveling at a speed slower than that of light. False alarm.
However, there is a catch in all of this: We have talked about how light travels at that speed in our Universe. But what if there were others?
The multiverse theory
As explained Monica grady in a recent article: Many cosmologists believe that the Universe it can be part of a more extended cosmos or multiverse, where many different universes coexist but do not interact. The idea of the multiverse is supported by the so-called theory of cosmic inflation, a set of proposals that try to explain the expansion to extremely rapid levels that took place in the first moments of the formation of the universe.
“But how does God fit into all of this?” he wonders, Grady. “Fundamental Particles Created in the Big Bang they had the correct properties to allow the formation of hydrogen and deuterium, substances that produced the first stars. The physical laws that govern nuclear reactions in these stars then produced the stuff that life is made of: carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen. ”
The idea that God created the multiverse cannot be refuted, a theory that in itself has many criticisms
“How is it that all the physical laws and parameters of the universe have the values that allowed the stars, planets and, ultimately, life to develop? Some argue it’s just a lucky coincidence. Some theists, however, point out that God created the favorable conditions for this to happen. The idea that God created the multiverse cannot be refuted. All of this is very hypothetical, and one of the biggest criticisms of multiverse theories is that because it seems that there have been no interactions between our Universe and other universes, that notion cannot be directly proven, “he says.
Answers only for agnostics
As Grady explains, in reality the relationship between physics and God is unlikely to satisfy a believer or an atheist. “If you believe in God (as I do), then the idea that God is subject to the laws of physics is nonsense, because God can do everything, even travel faster than light. If you don’t believe in God, then the question is just as absurd, because there is no God and nothing can travel faster than light. “The hypothetical answers could serve only the agnostics, who are the ones who really need proof.
“Scientists do not try to prove or disprove the existence of God because they know that there is no experiment that can detect it. And if you believe in God you will think that any cosmos is coherent with him”
“The real difference is that science requires proof, religious beliefs require faith. Scientists don’t try to prove or disprove the existence of God because they know that there is no experiment that can detect God. And if you believe in God, it doesn’t matter. what scientists discover about the Universe: you can think that any cosmos is coherent with it. ” Our view of God, physics, or anything else ultimately depends on perspective. However, you have to keep something in mind, Grady, scientist and believer, perfectly represents those two sides of the same coin that do seem to be able to coexist in perfect harmony. And, as Terry Pratchett said:
“Light thinks it travels faster than anything else, but it’s wrong. No matter how fast light travels, find that darkness has always come first and he’s waiting for her. ”