Richard Dawkins says “The theory of evolution by cumulative natural selection is the only theory we know of that is in principle capable of explaining the existence of organized complexity” and also “Science is interesting, and if you don't agree you can f*** off.”
Stephen Hawking says "Because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing. Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the universe exists, why we exist. It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper and set the universe going."
The Archbishop of Canterbury says “Belief in God is not about plugging a gap in explaining how one thing relates to another within the Universe. It is the belief that there is an intelligent, living agent on whose activity everything ultimately depends for its existence. Physics on its own will not settle the question of why there is something rather than nothing.”
Dr Jonathan Sacks says “There is more to wisdom than science. It cannot tell us why we are here or how we should live”
Right now, I am with ABC and JS – and finding the attitudes of RD and SH very irritating. I could hardly cook the tea the other night for shouting “Piffle!” at Radio 4 [which amuses Bob greatly “they can’t actually hear you” he says patiently]
Please don’t think that this simple minded Essex girl is dismissing as intellectual claptrap the words of all the men with the brilliant scientific minds who studied physics at Oxford [after all I did marry such a man!] but when I am marvelling in the beauty of a rainbow, or the glory of a sunset, I am also enjoying a real relationship with The One who created it. Dawkins and Hawking may think I am deluded – but they can’t take that inner peace away from me
John’s Gospel Chapter One says…
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.
Maybe SH doesn’t believe he needs God to set the universe going – but I [and millions of others throughout history] believe I need God to keep me going