Mr. Hawking’s Wild Ride
Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking passed away yesterday at 76. His fascinating life story and battle with a rare form of motor neuron disease is told in the film The Theory of Everything. He was without argument a brilliant scientist, and the world is less fortunate for his passing.
But unfortunately, like many scientists, he occasionally stepped beyond the area of physical science and began to make pronouncements about the metaphysical realm as well:
“We are each free to believe what we want, and it’s my view that the simplest explanation is; there is no god. No one created our universe, and no one directs our fate. This leads me to a profound realization; There is probably no heaven, and no afterlife either. We have this one life to appreciate the grand design of the universe, and for that I am extremely grateful.”
I saw this quote from Hawking posted on a meme featuring his distinctive image, sitting in a wheelchair. He talks of a “grand design” in this statement which is meant to cast doubt on the existence of God.
Has anyone noticed the irony here?
Let’s imagine that I once had the pleasure of meeting Stephen in person. What if I walked up to him and said, “Amazing wheelchair you have there. It’s wonderful how you can steer and control it with just your mouth. What workmanship and design!”
And then I go on, “But what’s even more amazing is that no one created that wheelchair. It just happened. Oh sure, it sounds crazy, but absolutely anything can happen accidentally over billions and billions of years worth of evolution, right?”
Wrong. Order does not come from chaos. Intricate design, like Stephen’s wheelchair, or like the universe, must come from a Designer.
And that’s the second and greatest irony here. Stephen’s quote mentions a “grand design” that he’s extremely grateful for…
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