Tuesday 21 November 2017

Without belief in a deity, we’re left to face a bleaker reality

Stephen Fry on The Meaning of Life with Gay Byrne
Stephen Fry on The Meaning of Life with Gay Byrne
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Stephen Fry's recent interview with Gay Byrne raised issues with which many thinking people, especially those of us who were born in the 1940s and who have lost God, have been grappling.

I expect that all people at one time or another seek answers to the question: "Where did the universe come from?" Wherever one seeks the answer, the truth is that the religious explanation and the scientific theory are not all that different. Each tells us that the universe appeared suddenly out of nothingness. Scientists do not claim to know why this is so. Believers claim they do. God created it. But to the question, "Who or what created God?" they simply answer, "God has always existed." In each case, we are asked to accept an effect without an apparent cause.

Unlike scientists, believers claim to know the reason why God created the world/universe. "God created the world for His or Her own glory." And this is the nub of Stephen's argument, I believe. What kind of Creator would create a world, wonderful and beautiful as it can sometimes be, with so much violence, brutality, pain, corruption, greed and injustice?

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