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A View from the Altar / Smart guy says dumb thing
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Smart guy says dumb thing

Okay, so the headline is certainly a dog-bites-man kind of thing.  But Stephen Hawking, the famed mathematician and physicist, says the universe is just a consequence of the natural laws of physics.  Even if that were true, how did there get to be any such laws without a Creator to set them in order?

Hawking’s statement is an astonishing blunder in this regard.  He’s assuming more than he can properly claim to know, because no physics-based “theory of everything” has been devised.  Second, even if there is a math path to some ultimate set of equations describing matter and energy, the next obvious question is where the equations came from and what set them all a-whirring.  It won’t do to say that that’s just how things are, especially if this is your argument against God.  Third, a human being is more than a specialized assortment of atoms.  There’s a moral dimension to life, and I am still waiting for somebody like Hawking to explain how the Schrödinger equation means rape is evil and a mother’s love is good.

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2 Comments

  1. William

    Interestingly enough, I was having similar thoughts based on a article I read recently. My thought was “who” or “what” set all this in motion? It seems the “scientists” make great assertions but have little “scientific” evidence to support their thoughts about the origins of things.

    I remember high school biology (100 years ago) when the statement was made…”cells come from other cells”. So, the natural question arose…where did the first cell originate. To that the teacher threw up his hands and wouldn’t engage any further. He intimated that it was a matter of personal interpretation and faith and left it there.

    So, if this is the only response that could be given in a public school setting, somehow, I wish the same would have been allowed when the subject of evolution took shape. It was taught as a scientific theory, but intimated as fact…not a matter of personal interpretation and faith. Oh, you couldn’t refute the theory on exams. If so, one would receive a failing grade because they didn’t subscribe to the “theory”.

    Posted on 06-Sep-10 at 19:05 pm | Permalink
  2. Exactly — it’s a matter of asking the right questions. This quote, from a recent article on Stephen Hawking, sounds eerily like something us Christians have heard before…

    “Back in 1988 in his multi-million selling book, “A Brief History of Time,” Hawking wrote: “If we discover a complete theory, it would be the ultimate triumph of human reason: for then we should know the mind of God.”

    The ultimate triumph of human reason – to know the mind of God.

    …doesn’t that sound very similar to satan’s ploy in the Garden of Eden…”…for your eyes will be opened, and you will be like gods, knowing good and evil” from Genesis 3

    Posted on 07-Sep-10 at 11:41 am | Permalink

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