The Discovery Channel is launching a new series called Curiosity. They have announced that they will answer some of the deepest, most probing questions of mankind. As you would expect, the show will head on into the theological questions, because people are engineered to ask about our purpose, our origin, about death and evil and eternity. And as you would expect, their first show will explore whether God created the universe.
However, beware the worldview of a show and its producers. If the show were to present all the possibilities “out there” about the origin of the universe, you might see theologians as well as Darwinians interviewed. That would allow the audience to come to their own conclusions. However, the first show of the series will feature someone whose views of the universe’s origins are already plainly known.
Stephen Hawking, theoretical physicist and cosmologist, will host this first episode. The problem is, Hawking has declared that there is no need for God. In his latest book, The Grand Design, he denies the existence of God. So when you invite someone, even as brilliant as Hawking, to answer that deep question, you already know what you are going to get: denial.
Don’t read this as an attack on Hawking. He can design all the ideas he wants for denying the existence of God, and that has no bearing on whether God actually exists or not. God exists whether Hawking admits it or not.
Rather, I’m disappointed that, in order to answer a deeply profound question, Discovery’s producers chose an atheist. What kind of answer did they expect to get? Not an evenly-weighted one. And we can expect that Hawking will shoot down any arguments other folks might bring forward on that episode.
Imagine that deep question of the origin of the universe being answered by a person who knows the biblical truth about God. How different would that show be? This dilemma mirrors the same situation in public schools: teach about the universe, but only allow evolutionists to answer the questions. What do you get?
That is the trouble with worldviews. No matter how hard you try, you cannot be neutral. The question of whether God created the universe has no middle ground (unless you consider Deism neutral, in which God created a universe he no longer chooses to enter). Either he designed and created it, or he did not. Either the universe arose out of chaotic time and chance and random swirls of gas and dust (oops–where did THEY come from?), or an eternal God spoke the universe into being. You can’t have both.
So Discovery Channel: good idea, bad plan. Go ahead and teach that God doesn’t exist, but don’t tell us you have explored all the options to come up with an answer. When you chose Stephen Hawking to answer the question, you already knew what he would say–and so do we.