Dr. John Lennox Lent Talk at BBC – God and science are not alternative explanations


A very good talk of Dr. John Lennox, a Professor for mathematics and Christian scientist, who invalidates arguments against the existence of god.

And it includes the Easter message also!

The text als PDF.

Contemporary science is a wonderfully collaborative activity. It knows no barriers of geography, race or creed. At its best it enables us to wrestle with the problems that beset humanity and we rightly celebrate when an advance is made that brings relief to millions. I have spent my life as pure mathematician and I often reflect on what physics Nobel Prizewinner Eugene Wigner called ‘the unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics’. How is it that equations created in the head of a mathematician can relate to the universe outside that head? This question prompted Albert Einstein to say: ‘The only incomprehensible thing about the universe is that it is comprehensible.’ The very fact that we believe that science can be done is a thing to be wondered at.

Why should we believe that the universe is intelligible?

After all, if as certain secular thinkers tell us, the human mind is nothing but the brain and the brain is nothing but a product of mindless unguided forces, it is hard to see that any kind of truth let alone scientific truth could be one of its products. As chemist J. B. S. Haldane pointed out long ago: if the thoughts in my mind are just the motions of atoms in my brain, why should I believe anything it tells me – including the fact that it is made of atoms? Yet many scientists have adopted that naturalistic view, seemingly unaware that it undermines the very rationality upon which their scientific research depends!

It was not – and is not – always so. Science as we know it exploded onto the world stage in Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries. Why then and why there? Alfred North Whitehead’s view, as summarised by C. S. Lewis, was that: ‘Men became scientific because they expected law in nature, and they expected law in nature because they believed in a lawgiver’. It is no accident that Galileo, Kepler, Newton and Clerk-Maxwell were believers in God.

Melvin Calvin, Nobel Prize-winner in biochemistry, finds the origin of the conviction, basic to science, that nature is ordered in the basic notion: ‘that the universe is governed by a single God, and is not the product of the whims of many gods, each governing his own province according to his own laws. This monotheistic view seems to be the historical foundation for modern science.’

Far from belief in God hindering science, it was the motor that drove it. Isaac Newton, when he discovered the law of gravitation, did not make the common mistake of saying: ‘now I have a law of gravity, I don’t need God’. Instead, he wrote Principia Mathematica, the most famous book in the history of science, expressing the hope that it would persuade the thinking man to believe in a Creator.

Newton could see, what sadly many people nowadays seem unable to see, that God and science are not alternative explanations. God is the agent who designed and upholds the universe; science tells us about how the universe works and about the laws that govern its behaviour. God no more conflicts with science as an explanation for the universe than Sir Frank Whittle conflicts with the laws and mechanisms of jet propulsion as an explanation for the jet engine. The existence of mechanisms and laws is not an argument for the absence of an agent who set those laws and mechanisms in place. On the contrary, their very sophistication, down to the fine-tuning of the universe, is evidence for the Creator’s genius. For Kepler: ‘The chief aim of all investigations of the external world should be to discover the rational order which has been imposed on it by God and which he revealed to us in the language of mathematics’. Continue reading

Habemus Papam! Will church rise in spirituality?


So a new Pope was elected under a joyful crowd of 250.000 People. Jorge Mario Bergoglio, arkbishop of Buenos Aires, now Pope Franziskus I.

Remains the question, if there will be new spirituality in a church. A problematic thing for the (roman catholic) church is, that it has to follow the pressure of some people, often not part of the church. A pressure on social political questions.

Wouldn´t it be more the Topic to rise spirituality among the people instead of endless discussion about condoms, homosexuals and abortion?

What can we expect from the new Pope Franziskus I.?

A physical, scientifical theory of the beyond


There is a scientific theory about the beyond, which is often neglected by many “scientists”, specially skeptics.

I summarized it in German “A physical theory of the beyond“.

The author of the theory, Klaus-Dieter Sedlacek, formulated it in a scientific way, so it is falsifiable.

The book is written as a novel, where a group of scientists meet to formulate a theory of the beyond.

The figures a fictive, the content is a fact.

What spirituality does not mean for me


As I lately stated what spirituality means for me, I now want to state what it does not mean.

It certainly does not mean obeying rules of a church without own thoughts. Rules from churches, even rules which Jesus, Mohamed, Buddha gave can be positive, but do not necessarily have to be positive. And even if they were ment positive as they were told, they could have been misunderstood, written down in a different way or not be “true” any more.

Words and rules from spiritual people, founder of religions can be positive and have the chance to be positive more than from others, but there always remains a good chance that they are not.

Churches mostly are founded and managed by human beings.

So, the possibility of free, own thinking is the most important thing.

The most important thing for every church or religious or spiritual community is free access and free exit without any punishment. Not the content is the criteria, because what might be good or bad for a person or community can differ.

 

What spirituality means for me


I use the term spirituality, because belief in God is a little too uncertain. Many people belief in God, but there God is a personal one with rules you have to obey. That is mostly bad in some points. To belief in a personal God not necessarily must mean to be not spiritual, but often it does.

God for me is the sum of consciousness. Consciousness does not need a material body. God wants to experience itself. We are all a part of God.

Spirituality means to experience this divinity in us without having to obey rules. There is no good or evil in general, but there is an idea what to be good does mean and we should try to be good. Being eval does not mean to have to be punished by others, but we can speak with others about that to find a way to act in a better way.

Meditation, reincarnation therapy could be means to differentiate between good an evil.

“You must not kill” will became a “you will see that you want to kill” and should be obtained by personal insight.

Spiritual people unite!


This blog is a consequence of my two german-language blogs about Change in Society and a New Spirituality.

The most important topic in these blogs is spirituality, not religion, not confessions, free and real spirituality and its connection and application in society, politics, science and the everyday life.

To reach and be able to contact more people all over the world, I start a version in English today, to give short summaries of interesting topics. Details and first Information will follow shortly.

If you would be interested and want to motivate my work, give this post a like, which also might show your spirituality.