Finally, we must face the fact that any alleged god that matters will have some sort of impact on our lives, our planet, and our universe.
Stenger, science does in fact have a great deal to say — and none of it will be comforting to the average believer.
According to Stenger, science may not know everything, but it knows enough and has advanced far enough to provide substantial empirical evidence against the existence of the god which most people tend to believe in.
Stenger's book God: The Failed Hypothesis lays out a model of a god based upon common attributes which people typically ascribe to their god.
Those attributes are: God created the universe; God designed the laws and structure of the universe; God makes changes in the universe whenever necessary; God created and designed life; God has a special plan or purpose for humanity; God gave humans immaterial, immortal souls; God created morality; God revealed truths such as these to humanity; God does not hide from humanity.
That tends to be the central disagreement between atheists and theists, though the actual arguments themselves have typically been focused on logic, philosophy, and theology.
Many atheists, and even more theists, seem to believe that science itself can offer little or nothing substantive on the matter because science is only about the natural, material world while the existence of God is a supernatural, metaphysical question.Yet it's unlikely that this is a valid position. How Science Shows That God Does Not Exist Author: Victor J Stenger Publisher: Prometheus Books ISBN: 1591024811Pro:• Difficult, complicated science is presented in a manner that is understandable for most audiences• Provides extensive aid to skeptics and nonbelievers trying to address common theistic arguments Con:• Although the science is made as understandable as possible, it may still be a bit much for some• Probably won't be read by as many people as should read it Description:• Analysis of the scientific evidence relating to common attributes ascribed to God• Argues that the scientific evidence is overwhelmingly contrary to the idea that God exists• Explains how and why life, our planet, and our universe are all natural products of natural forces Given how much science has had to say about nearly everything else in our lives and how successful science has been in transforming nearly every aspect of them, it is at the very least initially implausible that science can and should be excluded from debates about the existence of gods.Then there is the fact that theists themselves frequently trot out arguments that rely upon scientific data — or at least misrepresentations of scientific data — in order to bolster their positions.Each attribute corresponds to some feature of the natural world which should be both true and discoverable, if some being with that attribute exists.Using such a model of God, then, scientists should be able to look at the universe to determine whether it is consistent with any of those attributes.If so, then we have evidence that some being with the attribute likely exists; if not, then we have evidence that no being with that attribute exists — and if no being with one of those attributes exists, it will be difficult for traditional religions to explain how any being with the rest can still be believed in.