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Prof. Stephen Hawking on God

3 December, 2006

This BBC interview with Prof. Stephen Hawking is fascinating.

He starts by explaining what he meant by saying that humans might some day ‘know the mind of God’. God, for him, is the force of nature, the embodiment of the laws of nature. 

Human life is so insignificant (and accidental) in the great scheme of things that the idea, that many people today still cling onto, of a personal God with whom one might have a relationship seems very implausible.

This kind of argument, it seems to me, is much more persuasive than the hectoring tone of other scientists, such as Richard Dawkins.

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  1. 30 December, 2006 7:26 am

    The fact that we’re so insignificant and yet God loves every single one of us, that makes him so much more awesome. What is the big deal about acknowledging or loving your equal? The vastness of heart is seen when you love someone so significantly lower than yourself.. :-)

  2. 5 January, 2007 1:53 pm

    Hmm. I don’t find it helpful to imagine God as a person who can have relationships or feelings. The existence of such a being seems to me to be highly improbable.

  3. 5 January, 2007 6:04 pm

    Considering what the world looks like, it is natural to wonder about God and his relationships/feelings. But at the same time if God is the highest being in existence, the creator of all things then it goes without saying that he is sovereign over all emotions we feel and all relationships we have. If he didn’t feel these things and more of these things himself, could we? If he is the source of everything it is possible then for him to have MORE emotions and MORE relationships with us (even types we could never identify with or understand) but not less than us.

    It’s like a colourblind species of animal saying “how can a human being see in colour?” because they can’t imagine what colour is. It’s not a good analogy because animals were not made in the image of men. But you see where I’m going with this right?

    :-)
    Diana

  4. 5 January, 2007 9:11 pm

    Diana,
    Considering what the world looks like, it’s natural to marvel at it, but it’s not natural to just assume that it was created by another being; a thinking person would require some evidence.

    And it’s not natural to assume there’s a God just because that makes us feel more comfortable.

    In this blog I’m trying to move beyond this kind of assumption.

  5. 5 January, 2007 9:51 pm

    Yep, I read that before (about your blog). And I agree it’s not natural to assume there’s a God, I have only believed in God for this last year and some months, I was a strong atheist before that since I was a kid. Anyway what I don’t agree about is that faith in God makes us feel more comfortable. I think it is a far more comfortable idea that everything is random and there is no accountability. Believing in the Bible for me means waking up and being serious about my life, knowing that there is a purpose, an end. That life and the world and everything in it, is not meaningless. That takes a more devoted effort towards “constant sharpening” than the randomness view.

    Anyway I don’t think it hurts to read the Bible with a view to seek the truth about God for yourself. I’m not preaching at you just testifying that that is what changed my heart on this.

    I know that I see the world in a different light because of Jesus Christ. I appreciate creation, I appreciate the universe and everything in it. Small and big creatures. Emotions. Things make more sense because of God. If the kind of faith you’re against is the “mission America/Iraq” (depending on which side you’re on) then that is different but there is also a kind of faith which brings you to the world with a purpose, a love, and just a whole new life. It is wonderful.

    Cheers
    Diana

  6. 6 January, 2007 7:28 pm

    OK. Thanks for sharing.
    We seem to be travelling in opposite directions: to me, things currently make more sense without positing a personal, interventionist God.

  7. 6 January, 2007 9:06 pm

    I understand. You can debate it to a fair extent. Then the paths split and there is no more common ground. Still; good to meet you, good luck in your life. :-)

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