Victor Stenger (January 29, 1935 – August 25, 2014) was an American particle physicist, atheist, author, and religious skeptic.  In his book God: The Failed Hypothesis (Prometheus Books, 2007, Stenger subtitles the book: How Science Shows That God Does Not Exist.

There is an obvious fallacy in this statement: because science involves the investigation of the material universe, it cannot, by definition, make any pronouncements about non-material things.

Though his book doesn’t cover all of the topics outlined, according to Professor Edgar Andrews, Emeritus Professor of Materials at the University of London and author of Who made God? Searching for a Theory of Everything there are four things that science, by its very nature, will never be able to explain.

  1. The origin of the universe – Scientists agree that there was a beginning and therefore the beginning has to be inexplicable in terms of science because you cannot apply science before there was a universe to describe using scientific terms and theories.
  2. The origin of the laws of nature – The laws of nature are properties of the created universe.  You cannot explain the origin of those laws in scientific terms.  Science uses, discovers, explores and refines those laws but it can never tell us where they came from.
  3. The origin of life – Life involves information, codes, intellectual or sophisticated language and those sorts of things don’t come into existence by accident.
  4. Science cannot explain the origin of the mind.  It is self-contradictory to say that mind is the product of the brain; an evolved organ, because that leaves you with the conclusion that nothing we think has any significance including the thought that the brain evolved and that thought is just a by-product of it.

I short, Stenger’s assertion that science shows that God does not exist falls flat.