Intellectual Stimulation Not Intellectual Suicide

The assumption Intelligent Design may lead one to believe God is limited in some scope. It may suggest humans can conceive the grandiosity of a force, a spirit, a being, able to create the universe and everything comprised of it-galaxies, stars, humans, unicellular organisms. Therefore, Stephen Hawking’s statement that the universe is too complex to have been created by a God is in some ways correct, right? If one believes humans cannot fathom the intricacies of this world and ultimately of this universe, Hawking is wrong. Hawking feels as though he can understand and elaborate on the workings of our universe, and it is arguably true. If he is indeed able to navigate mathematical sequences to understand what the universe is, then so be it. However, Hawking falls short in his opposition to Intelligent Design. Hawking does not believe in God and supports it by basically saying that God could not have done this. The idea that Intelligent Design is used to ” fill in the gaps” (with specific references to evolution) as Francis Collins suggests in his work The Language of God is not completely true for some believers. For most thiests, there is no such thing as “filling in the gaps.” God has no gaps. God is infinite. Collins, a theistic evolutionist-something I am beginning to believe I am-offers that many of the arguments for religion can be used in science and those used in science can support religion. The schism between science and religion is far too wide.It is made a hotbed of argumentation and disagreement. The gap can be narrowed by open dialogue from both sides. Believing in God should no longer be seen as committing intellectual suicide, but rather intellectual stimulation. St. Augustine, C.S. Lewis, Galileo, and even Darwin struggled with their beliefs during their lifetimes. I believe in evolution and God. As a scientist and a believer, I find it intellectually stimulating to entertain the idea of both. I will leave you with this quote from Francis S. Collins book:

I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.”

Positively Influence,

Key

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One thought on “Intellectual Stimulation Not Intellectual Suicide

  1. Keyon your blogs are so very interesting to read and thy also make me expand on my own thoughts. You are doing a great job and I am very proud of you and all that you and your sister have accomplished.

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