On a quiet Saturday after a hectic week, two books out of the UK caught my attention.
Cambridge professor Stephen Hawking has written "The Grand Design" to offer his view of the origin of the universe. Or I should more appropriately write 'his view of the origin of the universes.'
Hawking notes that Christianity has concluded that God created an intelligent universe that functions according to deliberate and sophisticated design. He disagrees. "Many people would like us to use these coincidences as evidence of the work of God...That is not the answer of modern science...It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper and set the universe going."
Dr. Hawking is an imminent scholar and I can't refute his conclusion that the laws of gravity allow universes to appear spontaneously from nothing. I don't know leading-edge physics well enough to argue against his conclusion that "our universe seems to be one of many, each with different laws."
His conclusions do seem to leave me with a choice: have faith in the wisdom of the ancient and Holy Bible which describes a God who designed the universe or have faith in a scientific religion that gravity appeared from nothing so that many universes could appear from nothing including one where random coincidences resulted in the creation of all complex life that we know.
I think it a greater leap of faith to believe in Professor Hawking's explanation than to believe in an omnipotent God as intelligent designer and sustainer of life.
The other book out of the UK is Tony Blair's "A Journey: My Political Life." His introduction as excerpted in the Wall Street Journal today caught my attention:
"Personally, I have never felt a greater sense of frustration or indeed a greater urge to leadership since leaving Downing Street. I enjoy my new life much more than my old one, and find in it huge purpose. I am fighting for my world view, but in a different manner from that of being in conventional office."
"I am fighting for my world view." That statement describes the trustees, faculty, staff, and all leaders within the LeTourneau University community. In a world increasingly hostile to the Christian faith; in an economy that threatens the funding of Christian ministries; and in a political climate that challenges where Christian universities should be allowed to operate according to the tenets of our faith, we are fighting for our world view. A world view that begins by disagreeing with Professor Hawking and 'science' and goes further to describe this Creator God as one who is reaching out with love to claim every person on this planet as His child.
Mr. Blair goes on to say that the Western world has lost its way. We doubt our mission and have become feeble and unwilling to defend our values. He was not writing about Christianity but will some future historian write the same about 21st century Christians. I fear that. That's why we have been so focused at LeTourneau to keep Christ at the center of all we do. Thinking about 'fighting for our world view' is a good way to stay focused.