It was just one more article from the Huffington Post about Stephen Hawking, the Big Bang, and the fact that no god was necessary to make the whole business happen. I’ve probably seen dozens of such articles over the past four or five years and watched him discuss the matter with people like Larry King. Same stuff, different day, right? Not quite, really … because a handful of paragraphs down, the following is what grabbed my attention:
In another observation of modern religion, Hawking noted that in the 1980s, around the time he released a paper discussing the moment the universe was born, Pope John Paul II admonished the scientific establishment against studying the moment of creation, as it was holy.
Point being: religion is STILL at it. They continue to attempt to label certain subjects as “holy,” which might as well mean, “off-limits,” “sacrosanct” or verboten – “forbidden.” It’s an attempt, in this case by John Paul II, not just to assert the god-of-the-gaps argument, but to artificially enforce a gap for their god to exist in! I find it fascinating that the catholic church makes a statement like this one the one hand while at the same time acknowledging the truth of the theory of evolution. It’s as much as saying, “This part of history is describable with science, but the beginning has to be magic.”
And it is no different from the evangelicals who want to push creationism in schools. It reflects their own reluctant recognition that human understanding through the scientific method is plainly and simply removing the need for any form of god and their desire, however futile or irrational, to sequester a crack somewhere that they can use to justify the continued existence of their deity.
If it were just for them, I’d check it off to their own brand of wishful thinking and let the matter drop. The problem is, of course, that they want EVERYONE to believe it. That’s as much as saying that they want everyone to be ignorant in a given area, just enough space for their god and his dogma to have a foothold. That foothold too much resembles the old story of the camel wanting to warm his nose in the Arab’s tent.
That camel is out of luck, if I have anything to say. We look, we examine, study, scrutinize and analyze, and we do it to EVERYTHING. Putting a sign on one particular rock, saying “Do Not Turn Over” is roughly equivalent to expecting a kid with a sweet tooth and a dollar in his pocket to spend to walk though the local candy store with that dollar unspent.
Sorry, fellas, not gonna happen.