Steven Hawking: "There is no heaven"

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  1. Chessic

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    http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2011/05/16/physicist-stephen-hawking-says-heaven/?test=faces


    If you'll indulge me in a brief rant...

    Why is this man frequently called one of the greatest geniuses of all time? He doesn't seem quite so bright to me, and not just because I have faith and he doesn't. But because he has the gall to believe that what he thinks he sees or thinks he understands is any sort of evidence of what can or cannot exist in all the universe(s) that may exist. It is the height of arrogance and ignorance to believe that our finite minds should be able to grasp anything at all about God without His direct revelation--that the sum total of human knowledge, infantesimal compared to all possible knowledge, is adequate to make any definite judgement about anything at all, much less those things we cannot see or understand. Idiocy, imho.

    Einstein is another example of someone who is thought to be one of the greatest geniuses and who was critical of Christianity. What extra power does a chalkboard give you when it comes to direct knowledge of that which by definition is greater than you in every way?

    Why do we so often single out physicists as examples of the most intelligent people on earth?

    I understand the media's eagerness to present a story that will get a strong response. But it's frustrating that so many people use what these men have said as evidence against God or the claims of Christ, not only in personal beliefs, but in formal apologetic debates and in public discourse.

    Being a great physicist should not give your opinion any greater weight in matters of spiritual truth than your average dentists, school teacher, janitor, politician, secretary, or barber.

    God and only God can teach us His truth, and only He is qualified to teach us what is and what is not.

    Ok, rant off... I feel a little better now. :)
     
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    Well I guess he will be signing up for the class "Shocked 101" AS SOON AS HE DEPARTS THIS WORLD! :tonofbricks:
     
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    Again this statement by Hawking exhibits the intellectual pomposity of some in contemporary science that believe they both can rationally explain all phenomenon and must explain all phenomenon.

    The reality is that when Dr. Hawking speaks about matters like this he moves out of the realm of scientist and immediately assumes the mantle of theologian. A task which he is ill suited to assume.

    It seems to me that scientists have all kinds of problems with theologians speaking into their realm so why can't theologians have all kinds of problems with scientists doing the same?

    Part of a humble approach to both disciplines is the recognition that there are simply some matters which can't be explained or observed about human existence.
     
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    Mr. Hawking is going to be in for a big surprise! :thumbs:
     
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    Where he's going, he still won't know there is a heaven...

    but he'll wish there was and that he was there. :jesus:
     
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    Ah.. now guys.. we should.. in the words of the great theologian, Mr T... "Pity the FOOL"...
     
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    exactly correct....
     
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    Good post.
     
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    Because they understand the underpinnings of how things work, what makes things work, why things work plus they can express this knowledge mathematically which crosses the language barriers. Also, they are responsible for many, many scientific breakthroughs that ultimately find their way into inventions and technology that make everyday life and tasks a lot easier.
     
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    I would say that they seem to understand the apparent or visible (in the broadest sense) workings of the universe, but cannot know the whole story, or even the root of the story, without acknowledging the Creator.

    However, I agree at least that the appearance of bringing the mysterious down to concrete, understandable terms is largely why the masses follow them so readily. Another part just seems to be band-wagonning.
     
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    This is where I saw this, yesterday:

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_thelo...ephen-hawking-says-afterlife-is-a-fairy-story

    What it occurred to me this reflects is in imagining what a God would be like, projecting our own perspective into it. If we were placed in charge of a big universe like this, we would not have the capacity to focus on what is relatively insignificant in the grand scale of things. So we feel a "personal" God couldn't or wouldn't either. (And of course, the whole "accidental" thing is presupposed on the notion that a God wouldn't exist or be involved in the first place).

    But it's obvious that what we call God is obviously a totally different kind of being than anything we are familiar with on earth. So why couldn't He have a "relationship" with the sentient beings who do exist int he universe?

    I don't see how that figures. (Gravity is the factor that leads to the universe creating itself. And then the point after it seems to be set upon it).
    Where did this gravity come from, then?
    String theorists will claim to answer this with an 11D space containing "branes" (other spaces), and that new universes (such as ours) are created when they collide. But where did all of this come from, then? They've just pushed genesis further and further back into total speculation. (But then they'll claim using this as evidence of a Creator is just "God of the gaps").
     
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