In November, Marco Rubio was widely mocked when he said he wasn’t sure how old the Earth was. Today, however, he clarified his position. “There is no scientific debate on the age of the Earth, it’s established pretty definitively, it’s at least 4.5 billion years old,” he said. In November, he added, he was referring just to the theological debate.
Rubio has found himself in the middle of a much larger debate. The more science understands how and when the universe was created, the more it calls into question some fundamental religious beliefs. Or does it? Scientists, for example, can describe the Big Bang and even attempt to date when it happened, but they can’t explain why it happened or what existed before it occurred.
Today on FORA.tv, 3:45 p.m. (Pacific), Intelligence Squared U.S. will attempt to resolve the controversy with its latest debate: Does Science Refute God? Arguing for science is Lawrence Krauss, an internationally known theoretical physicist and author of A Universe From Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing, and Michael Shermer, founding publisher of Skeptic magazine.
On the other side of the aisle, arguing for religion, will be Ian Hutchinson, professor of nuclear science and engineering at MIT, whose book Monopolizing Knowledge, explores the errors of science, and Dinesh D’Souza, author of What’s So Great About Christianity.