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"Science & Faith:  Are They Compatible?"In a recent webchat about Stephen Hawking's new book The Grand Design, noted biologist and atheist Richard Dawkins offered the following commentary on the physicist's findings: "Darwin kicked [God] out of biology, but physics remained more uncertain.  Hawking is now administering the coup de grace."
Stephen Hawking and his co-author Leonard Mlodinow were on Larry King Live last week.  Hawking was quite clear about some of the things that have been hashed about on STR's blog, namely his pyysicalism and determinism.
From the Discovery Institute - funny and takes Hawking's views to their logical conclusion:Hawking Not Needed to Explain His New Book, Says Universe
I want to make a distinction very explicit that I tried to make in an earlier post.  Stephen Hawking is a brilliant expert when he talks about science and physics.  He is not an expert when he talks about philosophy.  And when Hawking makes claims that lie outside of the boundaries of the physical universe, he is doing philosophy and those are the areas where I have critiqued him.  We need not rely on his expertise when he speaks on philosophic issues drawing from his science.
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.
Stephen Hawking's latest claim that God did not create the universe reminded me that sometimes very smart people say dumb things.  He's done so because he's playing outside the bounds of his field of expertise, trying to apply the rules of his field of study to an entirely different kind of playing field.
The story last week that a scientist had created life in his lab was exaggerated, it turns out.  Now that other scientists are taking a look at the research, they are downplaying the significance of what happened.
Greg will be speaking about creation and evolution Thursday evening during Praise Tonight on TBN.  It airs 7-9 p.m., and re-airs Friday 2-5 p.m.
One bit of data evolutionists have used to challenge the idea that the universe is designed is the way human eyes are constructed.  The backwards structure of the retina seems on appearance to be a mistake, a work around to adapt to a bad evolutionary development.  Why, the evolutionists have ask, would designer plan a flawed structure?
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)