God didn’t create the universe…at least that seems all the fad right now; all last week my Google news page alerted me of Stephen Hawking’s new co-written book, The Grand Design (due out next week).
In the book, Hawking’s writes that science now is advance enough to show there was no intelligent designer. You can read an excerpt in the book here.
I have only read a sample from the book, and honestly have no desire to read the whole thing, but one thing Hawking’s said stood out: “Yet the latest advances in cosmology explain why the laws of the universe seem tailor-made for humans, without the need for a benevolent creator.” So basically he’s saying that earth is so perfect, and so fit for humans—so finely tuned that only one thing can explain it: science. Maybe it’s me, but the fact that it’s so ridiculously fine-tuned for humans is one thing that explains why science didn’t create it.
From what I have read from the book, it doesn’t add anything new; rather it just repeats old science in a controversial way; Hawking’s doesn’t really prove that God doesn’t exist—he doesn’t really prove anything.
As I read it, however, I couldn’t help but feel sorry for him; it doesn’t matter to me what people believe, but to spend so much effort trying to prove that the world really is just a giant coincidence and that there isn’t much of anything to look forward to because when we die, that’s it—it just seems like about the most hopeless few of life you can possibly have.
What most scientist don’t spend enough time considering is people don’t believe in God because it’s the most rationale choice—they believe because it makes them happy. Faith is not logical; if you find a way to make faith make sense, it’s not faith anymore. The whole idea of faith is based on ideas that are at times incredibly irrational—but that’s sort of the point: to believe in something that is beyond what you can ever prove, and outside of what you can ever fully understand.
Rob Bell spends quite a bit of time talking about the universe and the laws of it in “Everything is Spiritual.” He’s not a scientist, but I found the ideas he raised much more interesting, and deeper, than Hawking’s; you can see some of Bell’s ideas below…it’s one of the better counter arguments to what Hawking’s is trying to say—at least from a pastor.