Standing in the Gap: The Power of Pathos, Prayer, Proximity and Preparation - page 2




Standing in the Gap: The Power of Pathos,
Prayer, Proximity and Preparation

by Ravi Zacharias,
Founder and President of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries

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I was stunned to see Stephen Hawking’s statement in his book The Grand Design, where he says, “Philosophy is dead.” My goodness! My goodness! Theologians didn’t have to battle against that book – the Philosophy Department rose up to it at Cambridge. I studied under that department, and the chair of the department made the comment, “Maybe it’s about time that the oracular Professor Hawking realizes he has not kept up as much with our discipline as we have with his.”

And this kind of challenge that we face is significant. David Berlinski, a skeptic, responding to Richard Dawkins’s The God Delusion, wrote The Devil’s Delusion. Now here’s Berlinski, a total skeptic, but listen to what it says in the flap of the book cover:

Has anyone provided a proof of God’s inexistence?
Not even close.
Has quantum cosmology explained the emergence of the universe or why it is here?
Not even close.
Have the sciences explained why our universe seems to be fine-tuned to allow for the existence of life?
Not even close.
Are physicists and biologists willing to believe in anything so long as it is not religious thought?
Close enough.
Has rationalism in moral thought provided us with an understanding of what is good, what is right, and what is moral?
Not close enough.
Has secularism in the terrible twentieth century been a force for good?
Not even close to being close.
Is there a narrow and oppressive orthodoxy of thought and opinion within the sciences?
Close enough.
Does anything in the sciences or in their philosophy justify the claim that religious belief is irrational?
Not even ballpark.
Is scientific atheism a frivolous exercise in intellectual contempt?
Dead on.

The scientists themselves are cautioning other scientists and reminding them of the epistemological track on which they are – how they arrive at truth, how they glean knowledge, not to make that cardinal blunder of expelling all other disciplines, for, after all, the very purpose of a university is to find unity in diversity. You take all the disciplines and find a confluence of how you arrive at truth within these, ultimately to form your worldview and your own metaphysical framework.


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