At least as reasonable, if not less so, than my faith in Jesus Christ.
Chuck Colson nails this one:
Western culture has an undeniable fascination with scientists, and with good reason. Patiently using the scientific method, they have brought us many good things, from the telephone to the airplane to antibiotics. And I don’t think it’s a coincidence that many of the world’s first scientists were Christians who were seeking to discover not whether God created, but how he created the universe. Because science is based on the premise that God created an orderly universe. And the scientific method was a Christian contribution to our civilization. But later some scientists, in their pursuit to find the Holy Grail, began to question the God hypothesis. Many today (at least the most outspoken among them) have become determined atheists, insisting that science makes the God hypothesis unnecessary.
Well for a while, Stephen Hawking, the brilliant scientist at Cambridge, was more in line with the traditional view. In his famous book, A Brief History of Time, he said, “If we discover a complete theory, it would be the ultimate triumph of human reason–for then we should know the mind of God.” Unfortunately, in his new book, The Grand Design and in a companion piece in the Wall Street Journal, Hawking now says God is unnecessary after all.
Hawking and his coauthor, American physicist Leonard Mlodinow, are seeking a so-called “theory of everything” to explain life and the universe. They first address the undeniable reality that the cosmos seems incredibly fine-tuned for life. This reality, called the Anthropic Principle, has led many thinking scientists to make room in their equations for a Creator.
But not Hawking. In The Grand Design, he takes refuge in the unproven, un-testable, and completely theoretical hypothesis that we live in one of a multitude–perhaps an infinite number–of universes, each created spontaneously, run by unplanned physical processes that in a few cases could make life possible. But is this flight of fancy called the multiverse any more scientific than the simpler and more satisfying declaration, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth”?
The answer is obvious isn’t it? Colson’s point is hammer meet nail dead-on. Go and read the whole thing.
We who are faithful (but too often flawed) believers in Jesus Christ as the resurrected Savior of the world are usually quick to be ridiculed for abandoning reason and not embracing the scientific method. Yet this is exactly what Hawking has done… and he will be embraced by the very people who are hair-trigger quick to jump on Christians and other believers (though largely Christians) for our ‘ignorant’ faith claims.
What a crock of crapola.
In an odd way however, this is an obviously good thing. Hawking is seeking the truth as are all faithful people.
In the end, it’s not so much about reason (though reason is an important component) but about belief (‘seeing absent any evidence’). Hawking has just come out and stood up for faith.
God bless him.