Not a bad time to enter the blogging noviciate, what with all these ‘issues’ around …
The one that first caught my eye is Stephen Hawking, and the ‘spontaneous combustion’ of the universe. As I understand it (which is not greatly, having given up physics at school after second year), Hawking argues that a God could not have created the universe intentionally for human beings, not least because there might be an infinite number of parallel universes, without any humans in them at all. So there is no need to suppose a loving Creator who seeks to be in relationship with humanity.
It reminds me of the difficulty people had in the Middle Ages trying to imagine whether it was possible for humans to exist in the antipodes – and whether they could be ‘saved’. A first step in enlarging the idea of God … from the known world to the unknown.
And so when I try to imagine parallel universes, I wonder what God is doing in them?