If it can’t be explained, is that proof of ‘God’?

There are people who insist that the beauty, complexity and orderliness of the universe, the wonder of the human body, are all evidence that there is a God — that all of this could not possibly have been produced without an omnipotent designer and creator. In other words, if you don’t understand it, it must be God’s doing.

Yes — I will readily admit that there is much beauty, orderliness and wonder in the world. I love it! I appreciate it! But that isn’t the whole picture. Please, look at the reality of it all and tell me why an all-powerful, all-loving God would — on top of all that’s so good — burden the world with such huge amounts of meanness, illness, tragedy, calamity, loss, and a human body that is far, far from perfect? Hm? Ah, I see. “God works in mysterious ways.” “We can’t know the mind of God.” “These things are not for us to discern.” “It’s all beyond our mortal understanding.”

So … we  as humans are so smart that if we don’t comprehend, and it is beyond our understanding, then it has to be an act of God? We’re too smart not to know, so if we don’t know, then we can’t know?  Good grief, what unmitigated ego! Why can’t we learn to say “I don’t know” … to accept that there may be physics and states that govern a lot of things that we simply don’t understand — not yet … and maybe never. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t a natural force at work. It doesn’t mean “God” is The Great Why. It doesn’t mean any kind of supernatural force is doing anything. It simply means: I don’t know.

To insist that the only explanation is “God did it” is to wallow smugly in egomaniacal ignorance.