Article 43


Saturday, September 04, 2010

No Gods Required


· God created us to test us, to give us a chance to choose him or reject him.
· God made me to know, love and serve him in this world, and to be happy with him in the next.
· God’s purpose is to make the soul great.
- Stafford Betty - National Catholic Reporter

Religion is attractive for at least a three reasons:

· None of us likes to think that death is really the end.  Christianity gained real popularity among meso-Americans because their religion did not include eternal life.
· We all like to think we are special, something the Abrahamic religions are really good at.  Its all about middle eastern tribalism - our tribe is the chosen tribe.
· An attempt to explain that which can’t be explained.
- Ron Beasley - Newshoggers

The real art of spiritual being is not to transcend being human, it is to achieve understanding and harmony between all aspects of who we are.
- Annett Tate


In what no-doubt will be a controversial article (I’m not stating the obvious am I?)—which appears in the Life and Style section of The Wall Street Journal on September 4, 2010—Stephen W. Hawking, from the University of Cambridge, and American physicist Leonard Mlodinow, from the California Institute of Technology, co-write the article “Why God Did Not Create the Universe.”

By William Atkins
IT Wire
September 4. 2010

The EDITORIAL REVIEW by Dr. Hawking of The Grand Design on Amazon dot com states, “In The Grand Design we explain why, according to quantum theory, the cosmos does not have just a single existence, or history, but rather that every possible history of the universe exists simultaneously.”

The article is actually an excerpt from the book HAWKING and Mlodinow co-wrote called “The Grand Design,” which is set to be published by Bantam Books on September 7, 2010.

And, We question the conventional concept of reality, posing instead a “model-dependent” theory of reality. We discuss how the laws of our particular universe are extraordinarily finely tuned so as to allow for our existence, and show why quantum theory predicts the MULTIVERSE - the idea that ours is just one of many universes that appeared spontaneously out of nothing, each with different laws of nature.

So far, 390 COMMENTS appear after The Wall Street Journal article—and no doubt many more will arrive in the future.

You have your reasons to believe what you believe as to the question: How did we come to be?

Page two concludes without a conclusion.

Whatever that stance, science and religion are looking for the truths and the explanations to that question and many more. Sometimes they agree, many times they don’t.

If we had a definite answer to this question, the debate would still not be raging on between members of the scientific and religious communities. In fact, the debate occurs “within” each community as individual members disagree on such questions.

However, that answer has eluded us so far. Faith may be the cornerstone of religion, and the laws of nature the foundation of science, but, in actuality, nobody knows for sure the answer to the question: Why are we here?

We can only ponder them, question each other, and continue to investigate.

We can learn more about our world (our universe) around us, and we can continue to marvel at the new discoveries that seem to constantly arrive at our doorsteps each day.

We all could keep an open mind and search all avenues open to us in this world before us.

A wide range of comments follows the Hawking-Mlodinow article. They seem to be just as interesting as the statements made by the two scientists.

Our questions are just about as limitless as the universe (or is that universes?) ....


Posted by Elvis on 09/04/10 •
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