Christianity Thomas on 09 Nov 2010 12:11 am
Kent Hovind asks a question:
Physicist and author Stephen Hawking says that no God was required to make the universe. Stephen, please give a scientific explanation for how your computer came to be without referring to any outside source of power or design such as “man.”
Your answer must be confined to natural causes within the elements of the machine. You can refer to physical forces like inertia, gravity, centrifugal force, etc., even though it could be argued that even they need a designer! If you choose to involve long time periods for your explanation, then also please factor in the disintegration and natural decomposition of the various materials in the computer as well.
One of the replies is excellent:
Kent, this is so silly I hardly know where to start the analysis.
We know how computers are made; we can see them being built or we can even buy the parts and build them ourselves. To exclude “man” as a possible explanation of computers is akin to excluding gravity from our explanation of the earths revolution around the sun.
On the other hand, we can’t witness Gods creating universes. We don’t see Gods forming planets, or men out of dust. We see natural processes and natural forces directing the universe. To attribute the cause of the universe to natural forces is analogous to attributing computers to man; that is, it’s closer to what we observe than what you’re proposing.
You can argue that Hawking is wrong with his conclusions, and perhaps he is. But to draw these goofy analogies does less to support your claim than if you just asserted it blindly.