Saturday, 17 March 2018

Opinion - 17 March 2018

Church Times ‘This is God’s best for me’
Kate Wharton tells Madeleine Davies about a ceremony that she did not grow up planning

Church Times How Stephen Hawking did theologians a favour
He had no place for God, and thereby reminded believers of the true purpose of cosmology, says Andrew Davison

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Posted by Peter Owen on Saturday, 17 March 2018 at 11:00am GMT | TrackBack
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How I love what Hayley wrote: 'Perhaps also a wider understanding that Christians – or people of any faith group – are not meant to perfect, but those who know better than most their need of God." If we all followed that precept, the church would flourish. As the hymn puts it:'and they who fain would love thee best, are conscious most of sin within.' Let us look to our common humanity, shared with the one who 'though being in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited...' As we near the end of Lent, this should be our Easter resolution

Posted by: John Wallace on Saturday, 17 March 2018 at 1:45pm GMT

Thanks for the link to the Church Times/Andrew Davison article on Stephen Hawking.

I've attached a link to the CBC broadcast Quirks and Quarks, the segment on Hawking, which I heard just this morning.

http://www.cbc.ca/radio/quirks/hawking-s-science-thoughts-on-god-and-the-formula-for-his-tombstone-1.4579605

This is an interview with a protégé and colleague of Hawking's now at University of Alberta. From the CBC transcript: " As an Christian himself, Dr. Page got some unique insight into Prof. Hawking's thoughts on theology. At times, Prof. Hawking's observations were quite humourous."

Additionally,one line near the end of an article I've just read jumped out at me in light of the discussion around Stephen Hawking and the boundaries of both science and religion.

" Believers may esteem the achievements of empirical scientists, but appropriately reject their denials of the transcendent as going beyond empirical justification."

(Patrick H. Byrne. Lonergan, Evolutionary Science and Intelligent Design. Revista Portuguesa de Filosophia Oct.-Dec. 2007.) One can access the article free via JSTOR if you have sign in.

Stephen Hawking had both great courage and a tremendous intellect. We are richer for his having been among us.

Posted by: Rod Gillis on Saturday, 17 March 2018 at 5:14pm GMT

I share Andrew Davison's perspective: Cosmologists have no more business trafficking (as cosmologists) in god-talk than religious folk have trafficking in god-talk as basis of science.

Posted by: Daniel Berry, NYC on Sunday, 18 March 2018 at 1:20pm GMT
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