This World?! Really?

This World! Really? (part 1) #BookExert
What kind of world, is this?

“[Modern] Science presents a working model of the world based on observation and explanation, albeit one which is vastly outmoded. And in case we are tempted towards a feeling of superiority on this point, we should note that our current cosmology may in turn be vastly outmoded by the science of future generations. The history of science teaches us repeatedly that supreme confidence in our own scientific paradigms may well turn out to be misplaced.” Mark Harris1

Scientist and popular writer Richard Dawkins opines that, “The Universe we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil, no good, nothing but blind, pitiless indifference.”2 The opinion/observation offered by ‘Religion Rebutter’, Richard Dawkins has, at first glance, much to commend—though commend is, most likely, not the ideal word for a theist to use –moreover, a theist with a reasonably strong belief in the sovereignty and benevolence of God. However, Dawkins has ‘a point’—one that we cannot afford to pass over without comment: From where we live in semi-rural Dorset, staring into a cloudless sky at night inspires a sense of awe along with a sense of incredulity. How could such a ‘cold and lonely’ universe have any personal significance—its deleterious physical laws adding to the disdain of the dissenters. The lyrics of Leonard Cohen’s haunting song Hallelujah come to mind:

The above lyrics reflect Dawkins’ unbelief and Cohen’s disdain at the apparent absence of God in a world of pain. That the universe is a cold and lonely place is apparently the case as no other life has, as yet, been discovered—though there is often a ‘celebratory tone’ when ‘the right conditions’ appear to be present on some planet or other.

From the perspective of science the search for life (of whatever variety) is one that ‘puts two and two together’ in the expectation for life to emerge without any cause other than there being the availability of the necessary chemical constituents–plus ‘natural processes’. Ergo, the Material Universe is all there is. 1 | P a g e

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First and foremost, I became a committed follower of Jesus Christ in 1976, previously having had ‘strong leftish/ atheistic tendencies’.I’ve been married to Jackie since September 1963. We have four [grown] children and ten grandchildren—the  latest, Faith Jemima, born on 1/8/18. Four of the grandkids live, with their parents, in Australia, and three in Scotland. We also have two great-grandsons. I have been (present perfect tense) in Christian leadership in various roles: An elder (eleven years) at Bournemouth Community Church,a deacon at Lansdowne Baptist Church Bournemouth (nine years) ,a founder director of the International Training Network, Bournemouth, training centre/center for the teaching of English as a foreign language, and a teacher/principal/director [1987-2010] at the Christian English Language Centre/Center in Bournemouth and Christchurch, England. Since December 2014 my wife and I have been attending St Mary's Church Ferndown, where we are seeking to use our gifts for the Mission of Christ. Publications: I I am the joint author (along with Rosemary Griffiths) of a book entitled ‘Walls that Divide’, which is 'due'to be revised/re-edited. I am also hoping to re-publish my MRes thesis entitled ‘God, Evolution and The problem of Evil: Towards a Solution’—under a new title.... My ‘academic’ background includes forays into the world of:Sociology, Theology,Philosophy, English-Language pedagogy,linguistics and Philosophical Theology in The Open University, The University of Sheffield, Canterbury Christchurch University, Trinity College, Newburgh USA, and The University of Exeter. I have #begun the task of editing my MRes Thesis (awarded by The University of Exeter in 2015), with the view of either publishing or developing it further...God,Evolution and The Problem of Evil.., Derek J. White: In the year of the Global (Chinese #people’s Republic) Pandemic—May 6th 2020.

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