"Many people would like us to use these coincidences as evidence of the work of God. The idea that the universe was designed to accommodate mankind appears in theologies and mythologies dating from thousands of years ago. In Western culture the Old Testament contains the idea of providential design, but the traditional Christian viewpoint was also greatly influenced by Aristotle, who believed "in an intelligent natural world that functions according to some deliberate design." That is not the answer of modern science. As recent advances in cosmology suggest, the laws of gravity and quantum theory allow universes to appear spontaneously from nothing. Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the universe exists, why we exist. It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper and set the universe going."Further reason for recognizing that God is but a fraud and organized religions are too often sick cults, societal pathologies akin to cultural cancers, some thankfully benign but others shockingly malignant. Of course, you'll no doubt have ample chance to read the tsunami of outraged backlash against Hawking specifically and science and reason generally. See, for instance, the Telegraph's piece by Graham Farmello asking Has Stephen Hawking ended the God debate? for a classical mealy-mouthed, hodge-podge of a pseudo-rebuttal. But at least this is still civilized discourse and not some mad mullah's terrorist fatwa.
05 September 2010
God's Irrelevant ~ Hawking on The Grand Design
Excellent excerpt from Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow's new book The Grand Design in the WSJournal this weekend on Why God Did Not Create The Universe, despite mountains of myths and seemingly fragile cosmological and terrestrial systems mysteriously "fine-tuned" just for us...