Friday, September 12, 2008

Why some self-proclaimed skeptics need a universal swivel joint in their necks ...

Previous to the twentieth century and the building of telescopes that can clearly see galaxies beyond the outer limits of the Milky Way, scientists and philosophers tended to complain that the universe was far too small to be the work of God. While acknowledging that the existence of the universe implied some kind of cosmic Creator, these researchers deduced that the Creator could not be very big or strong.

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The arrival of the twenty-first century and telescopes powerful enough to help us see back in time ... even as far aback as the initial moments of cosmic existence, has prompted a very different kind of complaint from scientists and skeptics. The universe as now measured appears absurdly too large to serve merely as humanity's home. Skeptics insist that a Creator, especially the biblical Creator, wouldn't make unnecessary matter and space or waste creative effort. (P. 20) - From Hugh Ross's Why the Universe Is the
Way It Is (Baker, 2008).

Ross heads up Reasons to Believe, an Christian apologetics ministry aimed at scientists, based in Pasadena, California.