There really is a war of two worldviews that most people are not aware of, even though who wins will determine a great deal about the future. One worldview is scientific, the other spiritual. But those two words conceal a good deal, as my new book, War of the Worldviews, uncovers. Spirituality isn't the same as religion, and science isn’t the same as being anti-spiritual.
This comes out decisively when the topic is God. As we all know, God has become the hottest topic as we struggle to understand how the cosmos works. The arguments against belief in God have been stridently raised by a small band of scientific atheists--their avowed leader, Richard Dawkins, has called God a delusion. In our book, however, my co-author, Caltech physicist Leonard Mlodinow, doesn't pursue the atheist line. His worldview is scientific, but Leonard holds a position that is much more defensible than atheism:
“While science often casts doubt on spiritual beliefs and doctrines insofar as they make representations about the physical world, science does not--and cannot--conclude that God is an illusion.”
I believe that spirituality can take hints from modern science to actually support the existence of God. Some of these hints have emerged from quantum physics, which long ago showed that the seemingly solid, convincing world of matter and energy actually derives from a highly uncertain, invisible realm that existed before time and space. Is this the domain of God? If so, it can't be the God of Genesis, a human-like figure sitting above the clouds who created heaven and earth in seven days.
I think a new and expanded spirituality can deliver a God that is the same as pure intelligence, creativity, and consciousness. Such a God is our source without being human--a source from which all possibilities emerge and flow. Quite a number of credentialed scientists are thinking in the same direction without necessarily being religious. It would explain a lot about the cosmos if we fit into a living, conscious universe.
The point of spirituality is to transcend the ordinary world and reveal something invisible, unknown, and yet part of ourselves.