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.”
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.
- Religious Leaders Slam ‘Godless’ Hawking (newser.com)
- Stephen Hawking: religious leaders dismiss ‘God not needed’ comments (telegraph.co.uk)
- Hawking’s ‘God did not create Universe’ claim rejected (cnn.com)