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Hawking recently came out and discussed heaven. Heaven isn’t really related to astronomy, physics or any other learned realm, regardless Hawking feels able to ‘speak’ on it. Of course, he doesn’t really speak but types. I guess I can’t really bash the fact that he has an opinion on it, everybody is allowed that. An article on it here: http://creation.mobi/hawking-on-heaven
What I am confused at is that seemingly brilliant people these days can’t see design and can’t see a God in all the things around us. To people like Albert Einstein, it was obvious to him that there had to be a god who created the earth and that there had to be a god of some kind for all this to be in existence
World-renowned theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking has made major news again. No, this isn’t the revelation of some new theory about the formation of the cosmos or the discovery of a phenomenon that supposedly proves the Big Bang. This time, he throws his hat into the theological ring. In an exclusive interview in The Guardian (UK) in May 2011, he said, “There is no heaven; it’s a fairy story.”1 This comes as no surprise given what he wrote in his 2010 book, The Grand Design, where he said that there is no need for a creator to explain the existence of the universe (see our refutation). In the interview, Hawking shared his thoughts on the non-existence of the afterlife, our purpose as humans, and why we exist.
Christianity was so ingrained in Einsteins world, and evolution is so ingrained in this world. I would hope though that these intelligent thinkers have reasons for their beliefs beyond popular opinion though?
Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
Einstein is probably the best known and most highly revered scientist of the twentieth century, and is associated with major revolutions in our thinking about time, gravity, and the conversion of matter to energy (E=mc2). Although never coming to belief in a personal God, he recognized the impossibility of a non-created universe. The Encyclopedia Britannica says of him: “Firmly denying atheism, Einstein expressed a belief in “Spinoza’s God who reveals himself in the harmony of what exists.” This actually motivated his interest in science, as he once remarked to a young physicist: “I want to know how God created this world, I am not interested in this or that phenomenon, in the spectrum of this or that element. I want to know His thoughts, the rest are details.” Einstein’s famous epithet on the “uncertainty principle” was “God does not play dice” – and to him this was a real statement about a God in whom he believed. A famous saying of his was “Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.”
Is public opinion and thinking of the day SO influencing that we are blinded everyday to a truth different from what all the leading scholars of the day believe?
I think we twist truth and outright deny it often. We’re too proud to consider a higher being then us, too trusting in our ‘intelligence’ to think that there could be things we don’t understand yet. It almost seems like we consider it a cop out to suggest that we simply don’t know or don’t have all the answers. And then when we do suggest that we don’t have all the answers, and we replace the question mark with God, people suggest we are small minded, passing the buck and all manner of excuse. I would suggest its more of a strength though to recognize that our minds, our intelligence has limitations when it comes to things that we cannot know with our earthly senses.
It IS our responsibility to seek the truth, to be willing to learn and to put puzzle pieces together, and that I think is what we don’t do well enough. The great minds of days past were of the sort to think outside the box, to see things from different world views, yes even Darwin. Now not all thoughts on existence are correct, but God does appreciate genuine searching and I believe He will reveal Himself to those who do genuinely want to know the truth.
Great quote by Einstein: “Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind”
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