“The universe is a pretty big space. It’s bigger than anything anyone has ever dreamed of before. So, if it’s just us, seems like an awful waste of space, right?” Carl Sagan (Ellie Arroway)*
Did Carl Sagan really believe that there is an objective or purpose or intention to the amount of space that exists? Was he pointing to a Higher Intelligence that values the conservation of matter?
I think he unintentionally did what is natural. We look at the universe and wonder, “Why?” Unfortunately, science is not designed to answer questions of faith. We will need to look to some other discipline for those questions.
“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them.” Psalm 19:1-3 NIV
*The movie Contact, Eleanor Arroway quotes
(In Contact, based upon Sagan’s novel, the science vs. faith struggle is presented in an interesting way by Jodie Foster and Matthew McConaughey. The movie gives Foster’s character, Ellie, a reasonable anger toward God and faith, then places her in a place where her own personal subjective experiential observation contradicts her scientific opinion. Sagan mistakenly equates experience and revelation. However, it is an entertaining and thought-provoking film.)