Philosopher J.P. Moreland challenges Stephen Hawking’s new book

J. P. Moreland

Christian philosopher and Biola University professor J.P. Moreland writes:

“In their recent book, Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow claim that the laws of nature are consistent with the universe popping into existence from nothing, and in fact, they affirm that this is exactly what happened … Apparently, this desperate move results from the fact that they recognize that the universe had a beginning and they want to deflect the need for a transcendent Cause to explain the universe’s origin.  To my knowledge, they do not argue that the laws of nature themselves created the universe, and that’s a good thing.  Why?  Because the laws of nature are formal causes that direct the “flow” of causation, but they are not efficient causes that produce anything whatsoever.  Thus, this claim, if made, would be a simple category fallacy.  However, their actual claim is just as egregious, and that for two reasons.”

Read more: http://www.jpmoreland.com/2010/09/22/scientism-makes-scientists-laughable/

4 thoughts on “Philosopher J.P. Moreland challenges Stephen Hawking’s new book

  1. WOW, I’M GLAD SOMEONE POSTED THIS! FOR A SECOND I THOUGHT WE WERE THE ONES MAKING A DESPERATE MOVE RESULTING FROM THE FACT SCIENCE IS PROVIDING AN EVER MORE THOROUGH EXPLANATION OF HOW THE UNIVERSE CAME TO BE. THANK YOU JESUS.

  2. Science has not provided an explanation for how the universe came to be. “The universe created itself” is laughable. Ultimately it is a matter of faith. One cannot logically prove the existance or non-existance of “God.”

  3. Moreland was a prof of mine and I’m glad to see him saying something about the (frankly) silliness of the claim made in the Hawking/Mlodinow book–of course not to say that those men are not intelligent–just wrong. Coming into existence from nothing isn’t the sort of thing that’s law-governed. And because of that, it’s in principle something that science cannot answer. Thankfully, science isn’t the only means by which we can know facts about the world, as Moreland alludes to.

    This is an excellent link from one of the brightest minds around today. Thanks.

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