I have read the first 200 pages of Angels and Demons by Dan Brown. I do not relish reading this book. I do it to prepare for any religious uprising that may come from the movie to be released in May. I believe the Roman Catholic church has also condemned the movie and has called for a boycott. We will see what happens shortly. It seems that Angels and Demons attacks the Roman Catholic church rather than Jesus, the Bible, or faith. This was not true concerning The DaVinci Code, which attempted to discredit Jesus and the Bible. But Angels and Demons does contain some teachings that we should not overlook and must be ready to dispute.
I found the following statement to be particularly disturbing:
Mr. Langdon, all questions were once spiritual. Since the beginning of time, spirituality and religion have been called on to fill in the gaps that science did not understand. The rising and setting of the sun was once attributed to Helios and a flaming chariot. Earthquakes and tidal waves were the wrath of Poseidon. Science has now proven those gods to be false idols. Soon all Gods will be proven to be false idols. Science has now provided answers to almost every question man can ask. There are only a few questions left, and they are the esoteric ones. Where do we come from? What are we doing here? What is the meaning of life and the universe? (pp. 31-32)
Essentially, God only suits our purposes for things that science cannot explain. However, once science gives us all of the answers, then humanity will have no need for God. Such a simplification assumes that science has answered all questions. Yet even the Big Bang Theory and evolution leaves many questions that even Darwin himself recognizes. Science not only does not answer any “why” questions (the esoteric ones, as Dan Brown calls it), but also does not answer how. For example, science tells us that if the earth was any closer to the sun or further from the sun that the planet could not sustain life. How can random chance (an explosion, no less) Â put the earth in just the right location for life? Science says that the earth is at the perfect tilt for seasons and for life. Any change in the degrees of the tilt of the earth would be catastrophic. How can random chance (an explosion, no less) put the earth at just the right tilt to sustain life? I could go on and on with these questions.
Science has not answered anything. Science has told us “what” and “where.” But there are not explanations beyond that. Only God answers all the questions of the universe. Science leaves us lacking.