It is often said that we take life for granted. The same may be said of the universe as a whole. What exactly does it take to create a vibrant, functioning universe that can house intelligent beings like us?
The earth is where we eat, breath and live our life. It all seems so easy, so natural. But is it? How easy is it to create a planet that life can live on? What factors are involved? What conditions are required?
3,000 plus years ago the Torah made the simple statement that the universe had an absolute beginning. Now science seems to agree. Of course, scientific theories come and go, but it's still a point worth noting.
The beauty, sophistication and elegance of the animal world never ceases to inspire us with awe and wonder. And what is perhaps most impressive of all is that as we deepen our understanding of how the animal world works and what makes it tick, the more inspired and awestruck we become.
Hidden beneath the elegant shape (and less than elegant name) of DNA is a world of both technical and intellectual wonder. Symbolic codes, sophisticated machines, stored information and more lie at the heart of life. It is a world that is breath-taking to behold and mind-boggling to contemplate.
Behind all the wonderous things that life can do, is a system of wonderful biological machinery which powers that life. Eyes, ears, lungs and more are the nuts and bolts of the living world. They are what keep life living, moving, swimming, flying, jumping, seeing, hearing, smelling and more.
When it comes to the theory of evolution clarity is needed more than anything else. Is it fact or fiction? Does it deny G-d or reveal how He works? Does it contradict the Torah or is it compatible with it? These questions (and more) need to be faced head on and properly addressed.
Before we can have any sort of meaningful, intelligent or significant conversation about G-d it is crucial that we have some sense or understanding about 'Who' we are talking about. In other words, who is G-d and, equally important, who is G-d NOT.
Perhaps one of the most fiercely debated questions today is whether and how we can know that G-d exists. What is needed, though, is less debate and more insight. And that means an honest look at what "the evidence" says and how to approach that "evidence".
The most notable quality of the movement known as the new atheists is that they are more attitude than argument, more rhetoric than reason. It leads one to conclude that perhaps there really is not much of an argument to make against G-d.