The lecture was titled “The Origin of the Universe.” People stood in a quarter-mile-long line for hours and paid big money to be told that they are nothing but a conglomeration of atoms. One hopeful attendee was willing to shell out $1000 for a ticket.
The people who got in to hear the wheelchair-bound man were told that they are alone in the cosmos. They share space with other biological units who are also accidents of electricity and chemicals.
The man in the wheelchair is Dr. Stephen Hawking who has been trying to sell his scientific theories and atheistic faith to a willing public. Anything he says is pure speculation. In fact, how does he know that his evolved brain knows anything? There is nothing to test it against. How can he trust his evolved mind to give him accurate information, especially since he is not only confined to a wheelchair, but he, like everybody else, is confined to this insignificant planet, what Carl Sagan described a “pale blue dot” in the vastness of the cosmos?
Consider these comments from C.S. Lewis:
“If minds are wholly dependent on brains, and brains on bio-chemistry, and bio-chemistry (in the long run) on the meaningless flux of atoms, I cannot understand how the thought of those minds should have any significance than the sound of the wind in the trees. Christian theology can fit in science, art, morality, and the sub-Christian religions. . . . The scientific point of view cannot fit in any of these things, not even science itself.”1
What I can’t understand is why people salivate about being told that they are an accident of nothingness.
The theory of evolution is posited as an established scientific fact even though there is no empirical evidence to demonstrate how inanimate matter came into existence and evolved into highly complex living organisms.
There is no empirical evidence demonstrating where organized information came from to give structure and development to evolved matter. Finally, there is no empirical evidence showing the millions, possibly billions, of gradual evolutionary steps that were necessary to go from an inanimate glob of atoms to fully evolved humans.
Evolutionists wax eloquently about “nature’s design capabilities,” as if nature has a mind.2 Nature isn't a person, a being.
When “Our whole universe was in a hot dense state,” as the opening line to the theme song for “The Big Bang Theory” TV show states, where was life, thought, mind, logic, rationality, morality? What was directing the organization of atoms into “autotrophs” and “Neanderthals” and everything else?
The first question is not “is the human race just a chemical scum on a moderate-sized planet?,” as Stephen Hawking asked. The primary question is, Where and how did the “chemical scum” come into existence in the first place and organize itself into complex life forms?
Hawking may be a smart man, but he doesn’t know a thing about the cosmos. He’s a false prophet, a Pied Piper leading people down the path to intellectual, cultural, and moral suicide.
- C. S. Lewis, “Is Theology Poetry,” delivered at the Oxford Socratic Club, 1944, published in They Asked for a Paper (London: Geoffrey Bles, 1962), 164–165. [↩]
- Andy Pross, What is Life?: How Chemistry Becomes Biology (Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press, 2012. [↩]