David Berlinski, part of the Discovery Institute’s evolution-denial project, recently said about evolution:
That’s not a theory. That’s just a string of wet sponges on a clothesline.
Uh huh. Here’s (1) a guy who’s not a biologist (2) criticizing a theory in biology (3) that happens to be the scientific consensus. (4) Overwhelmingly.
Slick packaging and bypassing the scientific process to sow confusion among the public doesn’t change the fact that there’s no argument here.
Wake me up when the scientific consensus changes. Until then, no layperson has an intellectual warrant for embracing Creationism.
Dr. John Lennox, a math professor at the University of Oxford, visited Seattle recently to respond to Stephen Hawking’s recent The Grand Design (co-written with Leonard Mlodinow). I’ll give a brief summary of the main points Lennox made with a few comments.
In his book, 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.
Christian apologists like to focus on the beginning of the universe, sensing a weakness in the naturalistic model. When asked about what came before the Big Bang, Science simply says, “I don’t know.” This is neither a weakness nor a reason for embarrassment. Instead, it points to those areas in science where more work needs to be done. But this statement by Hawking gives at least one resolution to the question.
Lennox spent much of the lecture criticizing this one claim. Continue reading