Sunday, January 5, 2020

Cosmology – A Religion for Atheists?

In the award-winning movie A Theory of Everything Stephen Hawking introduces himself to his wife-to-be Jane by describing himself as a cosmologist. When Jane asks what that is, he replies “it’s a kind of religion for intelligent atheists.”  The remark is both provocative and revealing. Cosmology is obviously not literally a religion. It is a branch of astrophysics which studies the large-scale structure of the universe. Now if one is a naturalist, that is to say, someone who believes that all that exists is spacetime and its contents, then in a sense someone who studies the universe is studying the ultimate reality. This is the same project in which the theologian is engaged, except that for the theologian the ultimate reality is God, not the universe. The theologian has a wider, more encompassing view of reality than the naturalist, for he believes in a reality which transcends the universe. The universe is a subordinate reality which is created by God.   “The universe is just there, and that’s all.” This response is understandable on a pre-Einsteinian view of an eternal universe, but it becomes inept when confronted with the fact of the universe’s temporal beginning. Such a beginning points beyond the universe to its ground in a transcendent Creator.  Such a Creator of the universe does exist and He offers the best hope of deliverance from the somber implications of physical eschatology.  - William Lane Craig 

5 comments:

Dizzy-Dick said...

Good post today. I am a believer in God and his son, Jesus Christ. Since I recently lost my wife, the only thing that helps ease my pain and sorrow is knowing that she believed in God and Jesus and is or will be with them for eternity.

Margery Billd said...

What?

Sam Finn said...

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."
(John 1:1)

"All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made."
(John 1:3)

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