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We got Hawking's new book, The Grand Design, delivered yesterday afternoon.  I've only had a chance to browse a bit, but I was very surprised to turn to this passage in the second chapter.
I mentioned the other day that Stephen Hawking's pronouncement in his upcoming book that God didn't create the universe - that it was the inevitable result of the laws of physics - was an example of a brilliant man saying a dumb thing.  The reason smart people can say foolish things is because their presuppositions blind them.  And in Hawking's case, his commitment to materialism blinds him to alternative explanations.
Craig Hazen has ventured into a very challenging contemporary endeavor:  to use fiction, story-telling, to write about the weighty issues of theology, philosophy, and ultimately redemption.  It's easy to lament that the appeal of storytelling is usually utilized to communicate bad ideas; Craig has taken on the challenge it to share good ideas in the novel Five Sacred Crossings.
This is a very interesting study that shows the power that atheism and therefore naturalism has in the field of science - not because of what science entails, but because of what scientists believe. The order of causation, I don't know; but the correlation is overwhelmingly clear.(HT: Scot McKnight)
"If there be such a thing as mental growth, it must mean the growth into more and more definite convictions, into more and more dogmas." ~ G.K. Chesterton  (HT:  Shawn White)
So goes the evolutionary argument for religion, which finds interaction between religious practices and physiological changes and brain states.
Sproul, Meyer, intelligent discussion.  Enough said. Time to watch and learn.Part 1 of 5Part 2 of 5Part 3 of 5Part 4 of 5Part 5 of 5
Do extraordinary claims demand extraordinary evidence?Hume offered this challenge in "Of Miracles" in Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion.
Greg's guest on the radio show Sunday will be Greg Ganssle, lecturer at Yale University, specialist in God's relationship to time, and author of one of Greg's favorite books Thinking about God.  You can listen live on one of the stations that carries the show, you can stream it live on your computer or phone.
Scientists are redirecting their search for "alien" life to right here on Earth, believing there may be non-DNA-based forms of life we haven't year recognized.  This would indicate that their origin is different than the origin of life as we know it now.