God or Man ‘in the dock’?
Saw this today on Libby Purves’ Faith Central. Says it all really. It certainly describes what the modern world does to God and illustrates Rudolf Bultmann’s (in)famous statement:
It is impossible to use electric light and the wireless and to avail ourselves of modern medical and surgical discoveries, and at the same time to believe in the New Testament world of spirits and miracles” (New Testament and Mythology, 5)
But is dismissing the divine as easy all that? Here are a couple of fun counterpoints:
GK Chesterton: It is absurd for the evolutionist to complain that it is unthinkable for an admittedly unthinkable God to make everything out of nothing, and then pretend that it is more thinkable that nothing should turn itself into anything.
And then there’s this story about the controversial evolutionary scientist, John Haldane.
Haldane once suggested to a senior Roman Catholic priest that in a universe containing millions of planets, it was absolutely inevitable that life would appear by chance on one of them. ‘Sir’, replied the priest, ‘if Scotland Yard found a body in the boot of your car, would you tell them, ‘There are millions of boots in the world; surely one of them must contain a body?’ I think they would still want to know who put it there.’