The Existence of God
How can we test for the existence of God?
Can the existence of God be proven? Let's consider the electron. Dr. Wernher Von Braun, the acclaimed father of the American rocket and space program, explains, "The electron is materially inconceivable, and yet it is so perfectly known through its effects that we use it to illuminate our cities, guide our airliners through the night skies and take the most accurate measurements." (Edward F. Blick, Special Creation vs. Evolution, 1988, pp. 29-31)
In the same way, God is materially inconceivable, much more so than the electron. Nevertheless, as in the case of the electron, we can know God through the effects of His cause. Consider the following self-evident and universally recognized truth: concept and design necessitate an intelligent designer. It's simply cause and effect. In fact, in accordance with this fundamental axiom, design detection methodology is prerequisite for many fields of human endeavor, including archaeology, anthropology, forensics, criminal jurisprudence, copyright law, patent law, reverse engineering, crypto analysis, random number generation, and SETI (the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence).
The Existence of God - Dr. Wernher Von Braun
If we apply the same design detection methodology to living systems as we do in other fields of science, in effect we would be testing for the existence of God. Dr. Wernher Von Braun goes on to say, "While the admission of a design for the Universe ultimately raises the question of a Designer (a subject outside the realm of science), the scientific method does not allow us to exclude data which lead to the conclusion that the Universe, life, and man are based on design. To be forced to believe only one conclusion-that everything in the Universe happened by chance-would violate the very objectivity of science itself. …What strange rationale makes some physicists accept the inconceivable electron as real, while refusing to accept the reality of a Designer on the ground that they cannot conceive of Him? I am afraid that, although they really do not understand the electron either, they are ready to accept it because they managed to produce a rather clumsy mechanical model of it borrowed from rather limited experience in other fields, yet they would not know how to begin building a model of God. I have discussed the aspect of a Grand Designer at some length because it might be that the primary resistance to acknowledging the 'case for design' as a viable scientific alternative to the current 'case for chance' lies in the inconceivability, in some scientists' minds, of a Designer. The inconceivability of some ultimate issue (which always will lie outside scientific resolution) should not be allowed to rule out any theory that explains the interrelationship of observed data and is useful for prediction." (Edward F. Blick, Special Creation vs. Evolution, 1988, pp. 29-31)