By Simon Rocker
September 2, 2010
The science v religion debate was in full swing in today’s Times with physicist Stephen Hawking arguing that the universe was capable of “spontaneous creation” and therefore God was redundant.
“It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper and set the Universe going,” Hawking declared.
But his argument was attacked as a fallacy by Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks who pointed out the limits of scientific explanation. “There is more to wisdom than science. It cannot tell us why we are here or how we should live,” he countered.
Lord Sacks also takes on atheism in his annual Rosh Hashanah broadcast, “The Case for God?” which goes out on BBC1 on Monday night at 11.05 pm.
“With religion coming under increasing attack from atheists and sceptics, The Chief Rabbi, Lord Jonathan Sacks, goes into the lion’s den, putting his faith publicly on the line by debating with some of the sharpest critics of his faith,” the pre-publicity says.
“ Howard Jacobson believes ritual demeans religion, Alain de Botton doubts that any one faith has the truth, Professor Colin Blakemore thinks science makes religion redundant, and Professor Lisa Jardine questions why God allows evil and suffering in this world.”