Friday, September 17, 2010
blogging on yom kippur
Blogging on Yom Kippur? Hell yes.
Stephen Hawking leaves me no other choice.
The only reason I would fast on Yom Kipur is to divert the wrath of God away from evil-doer me to other evil doers who don't fast, but now that Hawking came out with this old-new revelation about the almighty one, I can finally live without fear. I need not fast to appease Him. I can eat cream puffs if I want to.
Just check out cyberspace and you will be inundated with this tidal wave of headlines screaming Hawking's latest discovery: We don't need God to explain the unexplainable, or what we thought was unexplainable, because he - Hawking, not God - can explain it himself!
Here is a sample:
MoneyBlog - Stephen Hawking: God is not necessary to understand the universe.
Telegraph - The Big Bang was the result of the inevitable laws of physics and did not need God to spark the creation of the Universe, Stephen Hawking has concluded.
Jerusalem Post - Hawking: God was not needed to create the universe.
Youtube - Stephen Hawking: Physics Leaves No Room For God.
What I don't understand is why the universe is so scandalized by this recent "Discovery?" In 2005, Neil DeGrasse Tyson wrote about the Perimeter of Ignorance in which he stated pretty much the same thing. Yet, I don't remember it making such a huge splash. Maybe I was not so well connected then or maybe I was too busy to notice. Or maybe that essay's purpose was to prepare the universe for Hawking's new earth un-shuttering claim. I mean, it probably will take more than a couple of articles and books to root out the notion of a God who stalks humanity and then abuses it with all kinds of diseases and calamities if it acts human.
I don't know. Maybe Hawking can answer that question, too.
In the meantime, I'll keep my mezuzah on my door sill. Just in case...