WorldNetDaily: Stephen Hawking Is a Fool

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The blaring sirens and flashing lights of our Retard-o-tron™ got our attention, and the blinking letters of the wall display said WorldNetDaily. They’re described in the Cast of Characters section of our Intro page. WND was an early winner of the Curmudgeon’s Buffoon Award, thus that jolly logo displayed above this post.

Dashing to the computer, we found it linked to this: The fool says, ‘There is no God’. It’s by Matt Barber, an attorney who is vice president of something called Liberty Counsel Action. Their “About Us” page says: “Liberty Counsel Action represents a rich heritage of more than three decades, dating back to the 1979 founding of The Moral Majority by Dr. Jerry Falwell. … Liberty Counsel Action adheres to the original four tenets of The Moral Majority, which are: Pro-America, Pro-Life, Pro-Family and Pro-Moral.”

Okay, we know what we’re dealing with — social conservatism, and although Barber’s website doesn’t mention it, we assume creationism is part of the package. Here are some excerpts from the WND article, with bold font added by us. It begins, appropriately enough, with Genesis 1:1: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Then it says:

Be they theist or be they atheist, on this most scientists agree: In the beginning there was nothing. There was no time, space or matter. There wasn’t even emptiness, only nothingness. Well, nothing natural anyway.

And then, bang! Everything. Nonexistence became existence. Nothing became, in less than an instant, our inconceivably vast and finely tuned universe governed by what mankind would later call – after we too popped into existence from nowhere, fully armed with conscious awareness and the ability to think, communicate and observe – “natural law” or “physics.”

Creationists always say stuff like that, but it’s not a description of the Big Bang theory. That starts with a singularity, because that’s where the evidence leads us. As to what — if anything — existed before that, well, we don’t have any evidence. Further, due to the immense gravitational force that must have existed with all that mass in such a small space, relativity says that time dilation was so extreme that there really wasn’t any passage of time. So the concept of what happened “before” the Big Bang is just too fuzzy to have much meaning. We’d like to know about “before,” but that may not be possible.

Those who accept the Genesis account don’t worry what happened before the scriptural moment of creation because — well, it’s not an evidence problem (they don’t have any evidence for Genesis) — it’s just that they don’t care. Scripture says that was the beginning, and that’s the deal. Okay, so what we have is a typical situation illustrating the difference between science and theology. The article continues:

The overwhelming consensus among scientists, whether they believe in God or deny Him, is that the “Big Bang” moment of singularity is the only feasible explanation to account for the universe and everything in it. All things material must have a beginning and an end. Still, scientists disagree over the who, what, when, why and how of it all.

We’re not aware of any scientific controversy about the “who” or the “why” of the Big Bang. And there’s not much disagreement about the “when.” But we can’t keep up with everything, so maybe we missed it. Let’s read on:

The Genesis account ascribes manifestation of this incomprehensibly complex and precisely honed universe to a benevolent, omnipresent, omnipotent and omniscient God who transcends time and space. This is, as it goes, the only way to account for a universe teeming with evidence of design, painstakingly engineered and clearly crafted by a superior intelligence that far exceeds man’s finite ability to comprehend.

Yeah, okay. We continue:

Others say it ain’t so. Secular materialists and atheists claim it can’t be – that such explanation is a “God of the gaps” supernatural explanation and, therefore, must be banished from the realm of scientific inquiry. They demand that anything beyond the known natural is off limits.

“Off limits”? Well, it’s theology, not science. Here’s more:

Atheists attribute all of existence to, well, nothing. It just kind of happened. Genesis 1:1 of the materialist Bible might read: “In the beginning nothing created the heavens and the earth.” Fuzzy math. Nothing plus nothing equals something. Zero times zero equals everything.

It sounds like this guy must have received his science education from the Ray Comfort Institute of Advanced Oogity Boogity. Moving along:

And so, they have reasoned themselves into a corner. These same materialists acknowledge that, prior to the moment of singularity – the Big Bang – there was no “natural.” They admit that there was an unnatural time and place before natural time and space – that something, sometime, somewhere preceded the material universe. That which preceded the natural was, necessarily, “beyond the natural” and, therefore, was, is and forever shall be “supernatural.” Reader, meet God.

It’s amazing what one can learn by reading WorldNetDaily. Another excerpt:

In short: the Big Bang blows atheism sky high. Scripture admonishes: “The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God.’” (Psalm 14:1) It never ceases to amaze me the spectacular hoops through which God-deniers will jump to rationalize God’s existence out of existence.

Are you following this, dear reader? The Big Bang blows atheism sky high. Now, at last, we come to Hawking:

I got a chuckle the other day from one such God-denier. Stephen Hawking is, no doubt, a brilliant physicist. He’s widely considered one of the most intelligent men alive. Which makes his abject foolishness all the more puzzling.

If your humble Curmudgeon found himself in disagreement with Hawking on a point of cosmology, we wouldn’t rush into print about Hawking’s “abject foolishness.” But Matt Barber is fearless. He says:

In a desperate attempt to explain how a finally tuned, infinitely complex universe with highly intelligent, mindfully self-aware human beings can “appear spontaneously from nothing,” Hawking threw the “M-theory” Hail Mary during a recent lecture titled “The Origin of the Universe.”

According to NBC News, “M-theory posits that multiple universes are created out of nothing, Hawking explained, with many possible histories and many possible states of existence. In only a few of these states would life be possible, and in fewer still could something like humanity exist. Hawking mentioned that he felt fortunate to be living in this state of existence.”

This is also known as the “multiverse” theory. It is, essentially, the God-deniers last best attempt to explain away a universe that exhibits smoking gun evidence of intelligent design and fine-tuning clearly intended to support life.

Barber is probably talking about this: Stephen Hawking lays out case for Big Bang without God. We’ve mentioned before that your Curmudgeon isn’t a fan of the multiverse, but we’re not about to cross swords with Hawking. On with Barber’s article:

In other words, we won the cosmic-parallel-dimension lottery at a-bazillion-to-one odds. And they say we rely on blind faith?

Yes, that’s what we say. Then Barber gives us some scripture quotes, after which he says:

According to Scripture, atheists like Hawking are fools. They are perishing. But even as they perish, they futilely grasp at multiverse straws, willfully blind to the loving Creator-Redeemer who reaches with nail-pierced hands to save them.

I feel sorry for Stephen Hawking. He’s had a very difficult life. Fifty years with Lou Gehrig’s disease, confined to a wheelchair and unable to move. A brilliant mind trapped in a failing body. Pray for him.

The essay dribbles away with a bunch of sentimental stuff and scriptural references. Go ahead, click over there and read it all. It’s very inspirational — or something.

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8 responses to “WorldNetDaily: Stephen Hawking Is a Fool

  1. Well of course the Liberty Counsel would consider Hawking a fool. He fails at the ‘pro-America’ requirement. Stupid British.

  2. Charles Deetz ;)

    That’s a lot of hot air to move the ‘debate’ not one millimeter. Typical of Barber, except he didn’t blame gays or abortion or Obama.

  3. The ex nihilo version is but one of several interpretations of the Hebrew used. Note that modern biblical scholars no longer tend to favour this version.

  4. Remember that if Hawking had had to live under socialised medicine, such as in the UK, he would long ago have been eliminated by the death panels. On the plus side, that would have put a stop to his blasphemy.

  5. Of course it’s unlikely the Barber has actually read anything about the big bang, however two points are worth noting. Firstly, the multiverse is a product of quantum mechanics, and not something invented to increase the odds of our existence… see http://scienceblogs.com/startswithabang/2011/10/28/why-we-think-theres-a-multiver/

    Secondly, scientists to not think that nothing came before the bang, nor that there was anything supernatural before the bang – they just don’t know. This is a recent post on the subject from the same blog … http://scienceblogs.com/startswithabang/2013/04/19/the-beginning-of-the-universe-and-the-limit-of-knowledge/

  6. Techreseller

    Off topic but something for you to think about. This is from Bruce Schneier’s blog.

    The problem is that these buttons use images, scripts, and/or iframes hosted on the social media site’s own servers. This is partly for webmasters’ convenience; it makes adoption as easy as copy-and-pasting a few lines of code. But it also gives Facebook, Twitter, Google, and so on a way to track you — even if you don’t click on the button. Remember that: if you see sharing buttons on a webpage, that page is almost certainly being tracked by social media sites or a service like AddThis. Or both.

    What I’m using instead is SocialSharePrivacy, which was created by the German website Heise Online and adapted by Mathias Panzenböck. The page shows a grayed-out mockup of a sharing button. You click once to activate it, then a second time to share the page. If you don’t click, nothing is loaded from the social media site, so it can’t track your visit. If you don’t care about the privacy issues, you can click on the Settings icon and enable the sharing buttons permanently.

    It’s not a perfect solution — two clicks instead of one — but it’s much more privacy-friendly.

  7. I bet this Matt Barber character has a toilet-cam too.

    Good links Ed, you beat me to it.

  8. Many cosmologists do indeed believe that the big bang came from nothing, so he isn’t that far off.