Creation of Adam

Complete with the journalists’ inability to write copy intelligible English (“…no one directors out fate…“), on Wednesday our newspapers had an article with the headline shouting, “Hawking: There is no God or afterlife”.

Stephen Hawking’s book, Brief Answers to the Big Questions, has hit the shelves. As someone with both a Science degree and a Theology degree (and having studied Philosophy at Tertiary level), I look forward to reading it.

I suspect (the English-language-challenged journalist notwithstanding with his/her {no one is owning up to writing the article} use of “director” as a verb) that when I get to reading the work, Stephen Hawking may actually be more subtle than the six-word-summary headline.

What does one mean by the words “God”, “create”, “afterlife”, “heaven”, “existence”…?

The logical positivism and scientism of something only being true if there is scientific evidence for it is so last millennium. There is no scientific evidence for particular beauty or goodness or morality… There is no scientific analysis of a metaphor… And there is no scientific evidence for the statement that only something with scientific evidence is true!

Attempting to use Science to prove or disprove the existence of God is a great example of a category mistake.

And then there’s the well-known danger of someone being an expert in one discipline feeling like they can make intelligent calls in a completely different area…

Let’s not forget how Stephen Hawking’s ashes were interred:

We have entrusted our brother Stephen to God’s mercy, and we now commit his mortal remains to the ground: earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust: in sure and certain hope of the resurrection to eternal life through our Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our frail bodies that they may be conformed to his glorious body, who died, was buried, and rose again for us. To him be glory for ever. Amen.

And, in the article, Stephen Hawking’s daughter, Lucy, speaking about his lack of faith says how her father never liked to be alone, and concludes that now, being with Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin “he would never be alone again.”

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