I am not sure of each member's worldview, but definitely John Lodge is a Christian, has been for many years and his influence from a Christian worldview leaks into the songs of the group. The 1991 "Keys to the Kingdom" sometimes sounds like it was inspired by reading the Psalms and Proverbs with the MB's own particular twist. Try listening to "Say what you mean, mean what you say" sometime.
Anyone who spends any time at all being concerned with the meaning of life must carefully consider all aspects of the questions, for if indeed there are eternal and supernatural aspects to existence and that this existence is not the greater reality you have a responsibility to discern the truth and you will not be entirely satisfied until you have made the effort. If you truly believe that Atheistic Darwinist theology is superior to Christianity, I invite you to read a post by SFT on Atheist Mythology after reading my blogpost today. I will remind you at the end of this blogpost, you will not want to miss it!
Tags: Intelligent design, Mlodinow, primary causation, scientific hypothesis, Stephen Hawking, The Grand Design
Tags: Adelard of Bath, laws of nature, Natural Questions, Stephen Hawking
Adelard of Bath (or Athelhard, AD 1080-1160) is sometimes known as the first English scientist. In his classic work Natural Questions he states:
"I will detract nothing from God; for whatever is, is from him and by him; yet not even this is said vaguely and without due care, as we must listen to the very limits of human knowledge: only where this utterly breaks down, should we refer things to God."
"Of course that’s what God said and of course God put the rainbow there, but that doesn’t explain the rainbow. That is an example of a miserable refuge from a real philosophic explanation…I know God did it! But that’s not natural philosophy [i.e. science], that’s theology."
"And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God? But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive."
"If we turn our backs on the amazing rational beauty of the universe we live in, we should indeed deserve to be driven therefrom, like a guest unappreciative of the house into which he has been received."
Tags: atheism, Creation, ex nihilo, Galileo, gravity, Kepler, Law of Gravity, M-Theory, multiverse, physical law, Richard Dawkins, spontaneous creation, Stephen Hawking, The Grand Design
Part I and Part II for background]
"Philosophy is dead. It has not kept up with modern developments in science, particularly in physics. As a result scientists have become the bearers of the torch of discovery in our quest for knowledge."
"not merely condescending, but also…outrageously naïve. The man who claims to have no need of philosophy is the one most apt to be fooled by it."
"Galileo, the first modern scientist who realized the importance of observation."
"Spontaneous creation is the reason [why] there is something rather than nothing, why the universe exists, why we exist."
"One of your colleagues out of Cambridge says that science provides us with a narrative as to how existence may happen [the 'how'], but theology addresses the meaning of the narrative [the 'why']. How do you respond to that?"Hawking responded:
"The scientific account is complete. Theology is unnecessary."
"Then we shall all, philosophers, scientists and just ordinary people, be able to take part in the discussion of the question of why it is that we and the universe exist. If we find the answer to that, it would be the ultimate triumph of human reason — for then we should know the mind of God."
"In the proof stage I nearly cut the last sentence in the book… Had I done so, the sales might have been halved."
"He is a known atheist, from the time I first met him in the 1970s…His care is very expensive, so he lives from his books and other projects. It’s not hard for him to get attention and publish."
"It is not necessary to invoke God to…set the universe going"
"Because there is a law of gravity, the universe can and will create itself out of nothing."
"Gravity and quantum theory cause universes to be created spontaneously out of nothing" [Larry King Live show]
"You write that because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing. Will you tell me how that law came into existence?"
"Gravity is a consequence of “M” theory, which is the only possible unified theory."
"Our universe and its laws appear to have a design that…is tailor-made to support us…That is not easily explained and raises the natural question of why it is that way… The discovery relatively recently of the extreme fine-tuning of so many of the laws of nature could lead at least some of us back to the old idea that this grand design is the work of some grand designer….That is not the answer of modern science…our universe seems to be one of many, each with different laws."
"Our presence selects out from this vast array only these universes that are compatible with our existence."
"Let us recognise these speculations for what they are. They are not physics, but in the strictest sense, metaphysics. There is no purely scientific reason to believe in an ensemble of universes. By construction these other worlds are unknowable by us."
"“M” theory predicts that a great many universes were created out of nothing…multiple universes arise naturally from physical law. They are a prediction of science."
"I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me…I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things…Woe unto him that striveth with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth. Shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it, What makest thou? or thy work, He hath no hands?…I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded…For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else."
"became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools"
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