I happen to stumble upon this atheist forum site by accident. Out of curiosity, I browsed the pages and one topic caught my immediate attention. The title says “Stephen Hawking on Religion: Science will win.” It happens to be a news article on the interview of TV reporter Sawyer of ABC with Stephen Hawking. I read several responses on the subject. I was infuriated how these atheists are mocking the people they considered belonging on the other side of the fence, obviously referring to believers, particularly Christians. Guess what happened next? I jumped in to their little playground..haha… that I will discuss in a separate post…
Just for a little background, Stephen Hawking is a mathematician and a leading scientist in astrophysics. He was the author of the all time bestseller science book ever released ‘A Brief History of Time.’ Just recently he relinquished his Chair as Cambridge University’s Lucasian Professorship of Mathematics, a position that has been held before by Isaac Newton. I checked his bio, fuck, this guy is awesome. His credentials are very impressive.
In that particular interview he gave to Sawyer, Hawking posited his personal opinions that human life is “insignificant in the universe” and that relationship between science and religion will always be in odd terms. He told Sawyer “There is a fundamental difference between religion, which is based on authority, [and] science, which is based on observation and reason. Science will win because it works.”
I can’t believe what he said. The Catholic Church in particular, for two millennia, reiterated the use of reason in pursuit of truth. Faith without reason can lead a person to fanaticism as science without faith can lead to destruction of life or worse, to genocide, as in the case of Hitler.
The Catholic Church established the first universities in the world, supports scientific studies/researches that uphold morals and respect for life. The Catholic Church rejects embryonic stem cell research not because it’s against science but because it involves destruction of innocent human life. Instead, the Church supports adult stem cell research as it doesn’t involves destruction of human life.
Isaac Newton is considered as one of the greatest scientists, was a religious man, who once held the Chair as Cambridge University’s Lucasian Professorship of Mathematics, which Hawking has recently relinquished. Copernicus was a catholic cleric, scientist, mathematician who published De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium(On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres), often regarded as the starting point of modern astronomy and marked the beginning of scientific revolution.
As we can see, science and religion have been in constant endeavor for the advancement of human knowledge and understanding about our world. It is quite surprising how a person such as Hawking can deny this truth. He himself benefited from these endeavors of religious people. In fact, he obtained his advanced understanding of the physical world from a religious person and from an institution formed and enriched by religious people for centuries before him.
Just want to share this very interesting reading I’ve found. I do not claim any authorship on this one since it’s not mine. The blog where I found this story posted can be found
“More than a century ago a university student boarded a train in France and sat next to an older man who seemed to be a peasant of comfortable means. The student noticed that the older gentleman was slipping beads through his fingers. He was praying the rosary.
“Sir, do you still believe in such outdated things?”, the student inquired.
“Yes, I do. Don’t you?” the man responded. The student laughed and admitted, “I do not believe in such silly things. Take my advice. Throw the rosary out the window, and learn what science has to say about it.”
“Science? I do not understand this science. Perhaps you can explain it to me,” the man said humbly, tears welling in his eyes.
The university student noticed that the man was deeply moved. To avoid hurting further the older person’s feelings, he said, “Please give me your address and I will send you some literature to explain the matter to you.” The man fumbled in the inside pocket of his coat and pulled out his business card. On reading the card, the student lowered his head in shame and was speechless. The card read: “Louis Pasteur, Director of the Institute of Scientific Research, Paris.”