Decrying a “god-of-the-gaps” theory of creation

Professor Stephen Hawking in Cambridge, UK.

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As religious leaders (rightly) hit back at Professor Stephen Hawking for insinuating that there is no intelligent design behind the universe, I found this quote by Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks to be one of the simplest, most coherent arguments for the nature and reason behind the primordial history that I have read:

“Science is about explanation. Religion is about interpretation … The Bible simply isn’t interested in how the Universe came into being.”

via Religious leaders hit back at Hawking – CNN.com.

What the bible IS interested in, primarily, is that the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, brought the world in to being out of nothing.  The ‘god’ that Hawking was debunking was not that God, as the article points out, but rather “a god-of-the-gaps used to plug present gaps in our scientific knowledge.”

As we go to worship tomorrow, let’s be reminded that our faith is not a “god-of-the-gaps” faith that simply plugs our tattered plans. We worship an all powerful, sovereign God who has redeemed us with purpose, because he created us with purpose.

I am a pastor, a husband, a father, and a lover of Jesus. I am also an unpredictable blogger, who can go for several years without blogging a thing, and then inexplicably write a book. Perhaps this is one of those times.

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3 comments on “Decrying a “god-of-the-gaps” theory of creation
  1. JennyRain says:

    reading this quote by Hawkings all I kept thinking is “why is he so angry at God?”

    Reading his books – it is as much theory and conjecture as anything I’ve seen. There is more whining in the sentences of his book than any “irrefutable” scientific proof. He comes across as condescending and complaining.

    It is sad really… I guess its easier to say that God doesn’t exist than enter into any kind of dialogue (be it angry or otherwise) with Him.

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