Return of the God Hypothesis


How the Founders of Modern Science Used the Book Metaphor in Their Scientific Inquiry

These days, we’re told that science and God are at odds and that we should reject theistic belief in order to do good science. But is that true? Philosopher of science and best-selling author Stephen C. Meyer explains the first of three metaphors used by the founders of modern science to describe the design and regularity of nature. Watch all Read More ›


Why is Nature Like a Lawful Realm? Stephen Meyer Explains

Newton, Boyle, Kepler, and others. The greats of early modern science all used similar metaphors to describe the workings of the natural world. Learn about the third of these metaphors in this clip featuring Dr. Stephen Meyer, author of Return of the God Hypothesis. Watch all of Episode 1 here: Learn more about the series here: This is Read More ›


Stephen Meyer: The Third Theistic Idea That Gave Rise to Modern Science

Why did modern science start in the place and time it did? What was the X Factor needed to generate our modern concept of scientific inquiry? In this short clip, Dr. Stephen Meyer describes the third of three Judeo-Christian ideas that helped usher in the age of modern science. Watch all of Episode 1 here: more about the series Read More ›


What Was the X Factor That Inspired the Rise of Modern Science? Stephen Meyer Responds

In this short clip, Dr. Stephen Meyer describes the Judeo-Christian ideas that gave rise to modern science. Catch the new 9-episode series with Stephen Meyer on The John Ankerberg Show this fall! Watch all of Episode 1 here: more about the series here: This is the official Youtube page of Dr. Stephen Meyer, director of Discovery Institute’s Center Read More ›


Eric Metaxas and Stephen Meyer Tackle Science and God

Bestselling authors Eric Metaxas and Stephen Meyer have a free-wheeling discussion of science, faith, and God during a special episode of "Socrates in the City" taped live at the 2022 Westminster Conference on Science and Faith in the greater Philadelphia area in April 2022. Read More ›
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Steven Weinberg and the Twilight of the Godless Universe

With the passing last month of Steven Weinberg, the world lost a great theoretical physicist. Born to Jewish parents in New York in 1933, Weinberg received the Nobel Prize in 1979 for unifying two of the four fundamental forces of physics, the electromagnetic and weak nuclear forces. His proposed unification, later confirmed by experiment, proved key to the development of the Standard Model of particle physics, the best current theory of fundamental physics and our guide to the strange world of elementary particles. In addition, Weinberg made seminal contributions to quantum theory, general relativity and cosmology.

His death also marks the twilight of an increasingly dated view of the relationship between science and religion. Though Weinberg was a friend to the State of Israel, he was not sympathetic to Judaism or any theistic belief. Weinberg wrote many popular books about physics in which he often asserted that scientific advance had undermined belief in God – and, consequently, any ultimate meaning for human existence. The First Three Minutes, his most popular book published in 1977, famously concluded: “the more the universe seems comprehensible, the more it seems pointless.”

Weinberg’s aggressive science-based atheism now seems an increasingly spent force. Since 1977, Carl Sagan, Richard Dawkins, Stephen Hawking, Victor Stenger, Lawrence Krauss and many other scientists have published popular anti-theistic broadsides. Many of these stalwarts have since passed from the scene. Others have so overplayed their hands with overt attacks on religion that they have provoked even fellow atheists and agnostics to recoil.

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