As you will see, dear reader, the article we’re about to discuss is a veritable garden of Curmudgeonly delights. It’s by Jason Lisle, Ph.D., the creationist astrophysicist employed by Answers in Genesis (AIG) — rocket scientists all.
Jason is a retained servitor, credentialed and compliant, employed by the creationism conglomerate run by Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo). Hambo is famed for bringing the world the absurdity of the Creation Museum. As our regular readers know, Jason is the author of a “solution” to the creationists’ Distant Starlight problem, about which we’ve previously posted here.
Today we present some excerpts from Jason’s The Grand Design, which appears at the AIG website. The scriptural references are omitted, and the bold font was added by us:
I just read Steve Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow’s latest book, The Grand Design, in which the authors attempt to answer questions like: “Why is there something rather than nothing? Why do we exist? Why this particular set of laws and not some other?” Hawking is a brilliant physicist. Yet, since he has rejected the biblical worldview, he cannot cogently answer any of the questions he asks. His explanation of the universe is a self-refuting journey into the absurd. Let me give a few examples:
You know that you’re in for a treat, don’t you? Jason — who lets his degree in astrophysics be used to lend credibility to Ken Ham’s creation museum, says that Stephen Hawking has written “a self-refuting journey into the absurd.” We’ll let you read most of his examples for yourself, but we have to give you this:
Hawking concludes that the universe is the inevitable result of the law of gravity: “Because there is a law like gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing in the manner described in chapter 6.” (p. 180). But my question is this: Apart from God, why would there be a law of gravity, and why would the universe be compelled to obey it? Why does the law of gravity apply at all times in all places, and why does it have a simple mathematical form that humans can understand?
Apart from God, why is there a law of gravity? Can Jason be serious? Where in scripture does gravity get mentioned? The word “gravity” appears only twice in the bible, each time clearly meaning “seriousness.” If gravity is indeed God’s work, why didn’t the bible tell us about it — and how it describes the movement of planets in the solar system? And why didn’t anyone know about such things until first Galileo (a convicted heretic, only recently pardoned) and later Isaac Newton came along? We continue:
The biblical creationist can answer these questions. But Hawking has obviously not reflected adequately upon these issues. The secular worldview cannot make sense of laws of nature.
Aaaargh!! Creationism is all about miracles. Secular science is the enterprise that discovers and teaches the laws of nature. But there’s more. Jason says:
Even the Acknowledgements section of the book shows the utter absurdity of the secular worldview.
How’s that? Here it comes:
The authors assume that a book must have a creator, and yet the universe — which is far more complex (and contains many books) — supposedly does not! How could such intelligent people fail to recognize the absurdity of these claims?
Jeepers! Maybe Jason has a point there. Books are created, therefore so is the universe. Oh yeah! Moving along:
Those who are not born again are incapable of understanding spiritual things. Their sin nature prevents them from being rational.
Yes, that’s probably where Hawking went wrong. Here’s the article’s end:
No matter how intelligent a person may be, he or she will never be able to understand the things of God without the regeneration of the Holy Spirit. This book is a great example of how otherwise brilliant people are reduced to foolishness when they reject biblical principles.
So there you are. Hawking may be intelligent, but he’s a foolish sinner. You have Jason’s word on that.
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