Thursday, September 2, 2010

"The Fool Says, There Is No God..."- Ps. 14:1

Many people consider Stephen Hawking to be the "smartest" or most intelligent human being living. Notice what a current article reports about him and what he has recently said-

Physics was the reason for the Big Bang, not God, according to scientist Stephen Hawking.

"Because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing," the professor said in his new book, in a challenge to traditional religious beliefs.

"It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper and set the universe going," he wrote in his book "The Grand Design," extracts of which are printed in London newspaper The Times.

The book, co-written by American physicist Leonard Mlodinow and published next week, sets out to contest Sir Isaac Newton's belief that the universe must have been designed by God as it could not have created out of chaos.

Even if you accept Hawking's illogical supposition that nothing could somehow produce or create something, you may still argue he is a brilliant intellectual. Maybe he is some kind of genius, but one thing is certain- he is not wise.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever! - Psalm 110:10

Hawking's unfortunate digression should not surprise anyone familiar with Paul's words in Romans 1:

Romans 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.


Adam said...

I'm curious how in the statement below Hawking sees that the law of gravity will create the universe.

"Because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing,"

More importantly I am mostly curious as to how out of nothing the "law" of gravity itself began.

Scott said...

Hawking is a fool!
Ex nihilo nihl fit.

Roger Mann said...

Stephen Hawking is more aptly described as, in the words of Vincent Cheung, a Professional Moron. It's an excellent article for anyone who hasn't read it yet.

Cheung's article A Gang of Pandas is also quite good, and clearly lays out the case for why the scientific method itself is completely irrational, and can only lead to foolish pronouncements like Hawking's. Here's a few excerpts:

This is what the entire scientific enterprise amounts to: first, it is a systematic repetition of the fallacy of affirming the consequent, and second, it is a systematic application of the false conclusions so obtained...

In fact, from even a simple analysis of science, there is no way that a scientist can claim to have any rational contact with reality at all. And certainly, he would have no right to call the Christian irrational...

There is no rational justification for saying that there is any truth at all in science. The inherent irrationality and even epistemological impossibility are built into its assumptions and method. There is no way to justify empiricism, induction, and the scientific method...

Science is essentially, pervasively, undeniably, incurably, and often arrogantly, irrational. To believe that it can discover truth is nothing other than superstition...

Perry said...

I've been wondering when you're going to get around to posting this. This guy is truly spiritually bankrupt.

Jim said...

I've never paid attention to Hawking, so I can't comment on what he's said yesterday or today.

That said, science is not about truth, it's about prediction. It's too bad when some scientists, and some Christians, confuse the two.

There is "scientism," which is an ideology ostensibly based science, but it's not really, it's an ideology.

The irony is that the center of science is epistemlogical conservatism. When scientists talk among themselves (ourselves?) it's all about why we can't believe the result.

But for some reason, when scientists address the public, they feel as though a question is somehow a threat, and that they need to assert results far more vigorously than the data allow. I honestly don't undestand it, since the public posture of the scientist is at complete odds with the core of the scientific mind, which is no more than refined observation.

Ah well.

I also don't know Cheung, but Cheung seems to be criticizing gross empiricism rather than science. Now, to be sure, I criticize a number of my colleagues for the same offense, so I cannot deny that it happens. But my work draws on (and develops) a ton of theories that predict effects that precede causes. (Indeed, the effects are caused by future events that occur with zero probability, which is really cool, although we're all familiar with that type of thing already.)

And since I know I'm not the world's greatest scientist, I have a hard time believing that all of my colleagues in the bench sciences are so theoretically naive as to engage in the error. But as I said, I do have colleagues who do engage in the error in certain areas. But then I make fun of them for being bad scientists . . .

Woody Woodward said...

Most providential timing for this blog. Having just returned from a wonderful week, resting in the beautiful mountains of Angel Fire NM, one of the things that Cheri and I pondered, hour upon hour was everywhere we looked we drank in God’s lavish, majestic creation. One of the things that really hit home to me was the tiniest miracle from God, His marvelous minuscule hummingbird. Having been to AF many many times, I always take a hummingbird feeder. The first day we arrived, we had only a few takers, but as each day dawned, how beautiful to witness these most magnificent creatures. You take feeders inside at dark, for the black bears are really a pesky. The last thing in the evening I make a new batch a sugar/brew. Then first thing in the morning, as the red sun rises over the mountains, (named by the Ute Indians for an “Angel on Fire”) I hang the feeder and begin my watch. By the end of the trip, hummingbirds were feeding within a foot of my face! Even before I could even hang my feeder on it’s hook, there were 2 or three hungry and eager birds surrounded me. These tiny creatures are truly amazing! As we watched these tiny birds fly around us with no fear, many times I told Cheri, “How could anyone see a hummingbird and not believe in a magnificent God!” His majesty is everywhere, but I don’t believe there is any place on earth where His beauty is more vivid than being surrounded in the midst of mountains in the fall.