Making his rounds this week to promote his new show, Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman, the actor who twice portrayed the God of the Bible said that he is not sure if there is a god at all. The series is intended to explore the limits of what science can explain and exploring the expanse of space and time to learn all that is possible.
In an interview with CNN, Freeman responded to a comment about him being “a man of God” with a series of “no”s followed by an explanation of his views of science and faith. Faith, he said, is where the lack of scientific explanation causes us to have to create assumptions about reality. What has not been explained we have to take on “faith.” This is certainly a different notion than the biblical concept of faith so hardly makes him a man of faith either.
Freeman further discusses with CNN his ambivalence on the existence of God: either God exists or it is “a cosmic crap shoot.” He says that life likely evolved in many other planets, including this one, and implies that science will surely some day be able to explain it all. Freeman is sure that one day we will discover how to bend space and time so that we can explore far off planets and potentially other galaxies for those answers.
Room for God?
In 2007 a scientist and self-identified Christian, Francis Collins, became as well-known for his position on the compatibility of faith and science as he was for leading the human genome project. In his book, The Language of God, Collins argues that faith and science do not have to stand apart, but are rather two strands that weave together into a strong tapestry.
Unfortunately, Collins is no theologian. The largest hole in his position is ironically his discussion of the “God of the gaps.” Collins’ contention is that if science could not explain it, then the most likely explanation is that in this “gap” God manifests himself by making things work in some miraculous way.
Freeman, too, has considered this position, but with an enormous amount of speculation. During his June 2nd appearance on The Daily Show, hosted by Jon Stewart, Freeman said, “Whatever scientists don’t know becomes the god factor.” This nearly condescending remark is indicative of the prevalent retort of atheists and agnostics to the “god of the gaps”: the greater the extent of science’s contribution, the smaller “your god” becomes. The more that science explains, the less that is unknown, and therefore the less that we can give God credit for.
Who decided that God only lived where we have no explanation? All things were created by God. He wrote the laws of nature and the laws of thermodynamics. He was the explanation for gravity both before and after Issac Newton got pelted in the cranium. Throughout Scripture God is listed as the one and only author of all:
For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together (Colossians 1:16-17 emphasis added).
God is the reason for everything explainable and everything inexplicable. God is over the known and the unknown. He is the Lord and Maker of all life, on all planets. He is supreme in all the earth and in all the universe. There is none like our God.