Stephen Hawking wrong about God ... and some philosophy too
A lot of publicity greeted claims in a book co-authored by world-reknown physicist Stephen Hawking that the universe did not need a creator. But many have now challenged this claim because the argument he makes just does not follow. He also said 'philosophy is dead' ... which is a philosophical statement ... [For more on this piece ...]
As well as this website, we produce resource leaflets, audio, DVD and CD material, and web-based material, both for people asking questions about the Christian faith, and to help Christians get their heads round the issues. Leaflets like ‘Has Science Buried God?’ and ‘What can I say?’, which gives basic answers to many questions about Christian faith. We also provide sermon material for preachers in the Starters
for Sunday series. [For more about our resources ...]
If you always wanted to know about God
... but were afraid to ask
Welcome! You're not the only one who's maybe wondering whether God is really still credible in the 21st Century. After all, given scientific reasoning, loads of other beliefs, all the suffering in the world, and - yes, we admit it - the church itself sometimes, can anyone with believe in God and Jesus Christ and all that Christian religious stuff, without switching their brain off?
The answer is 'Yes!' No one actually knows how many Christian believers there are. But it's probably numbered in billions worldwide. In one sense, we're all just ordinary folk. But among us there are leading scientists and academics, people in government, business, education, medicine, top sportsmen and women, musicians and composers, actors, writers, the media .... in fact pretty well all walks of life.
People who seriously believe in God. And that goes for some of the greatest thinkers and creative people in history.
Boyle, Newton, Faraday and Maxwell - to name just a few physicists, Bach, Rembrandt and Michaelangelo in the arts, great philosophers, theologians, pioneers in medicine, education, social work, and so on.
So it's not likely to be just make believe, is it? There has to be something in it. But what?
This website is one way of trying to give some answers to the many questions people raise about Christian belief, big and small. There are the old ones like suffering, that have been around forever, and also ones that come fresh - like whether the universe can 'create itself out of nothing', without the need for any creator. (We think it can't, by the way .... as Oxford mathematics professor John Lennox comments "a quantum vacuum ... is manifestly not 'nothing'
It's work in progress, but we're putting together articles, short talks, video clips, that we hope might help you find your way
to some answers.
We invite you to explore ....
here are some responses to a few 'Frequently Asked Questions' about Christian belief
Who are we?
About the 'Why Believe?' group
We are Christians in Scotland of different denominations who are members of a working group called ‘WhyBelieve?’ which sets out to provide a reasoned case
for Christian belief, as a resource for the Scottish churches, and to help people come towards a faith in Jesus Christ. [For more ...]
We are organising two conferences in 2012 aimed to help and equip Christians in sharing the good news of Jesus Christ. [Download leaflet and application (Word file)]
Can I Say?
Saturday 12 May, 10am–4pm
Place Church Edinburgh
Amy Orr-Ewing, Zacharias Trust, Oxford.
Can I Say It?
27 October, 10am–4pm
Queen’s Park Church,
Keynote Speaker: Prof.