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Stephen King and God
by Josh Fults
I don’t read scary books, but apparently a lot of people do. Stephen King, Mr. Boogyman himself, has sold over 350 million books. In fact, there is a forest strictly devoted to milling paper solely for his books. Okay, maybe I made that bit about the forest up, but the fact remains that his macabre mind has slain a lot of trees.
Last week, National Public Radio interviewed Mr. King, and he was asked about his beliefs in God. King asserts, “If you say, ‘Well, OK, I don’t believe in God. There’s no evidence of God,’ then you’re missing the stars in the sky and you’re missing the sunrises and sunsets and you’re missing the fact that bees pollinate all these crops and keep us alive and the way that everything seems to work together. Everything is sort of built in a way that to me suggests intelligent design.” Here, he waxes both theological and philosophical. King echoes the thoughts of Plato, the ancient Greek philosopher, who once said, “The order of the motion of the stars, and of all things under the dominion of mind which ordered the universe” often leads men to believe in God. The Apostle Paul also makes his case in
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the same manner. “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.” (Romans 1:20, NIV)
Creation points us toward a creator. Here, Mr. King employs, whether knowingly or not, the teleological argument for the existence of God. Quite simply, creation works so cohesively together it seems apparent that it was designed by an infinitely powerful and creative mind. There are a number of constants in our universe that are so precise, had they been off just slightly life would be impossible. The odds that these life sustaining values arose solely based on chance is inconceivable. William Lane Craig asserts that the odds of these constants arising based on chance would be similar to “firing a bullet toward the other side of the observable universe, twenty billion light years away, and nailing a one inch target!”
Later, King states in the interview that he also has his doubts about God…
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