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Metaxas quotes Oxford professor Dr. John Lennox who said that “the more we get to know about our universe, the more the hypothesis that there is a Creator gains in credibility as the best explanation of why we are here.”

Foreshadowing modern science, our rabbis spoke of an Intelligent Designer who created a unique universe capable of hosting human life. Rabbi Yehoshua ben Abin expressed in a midrash (Bereshit Rabbah 6:6) that we owe gratitude to the Creator for fine-tuning the conditions of habitability of our planet.

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As Jews, we perceive God as the Creator of the heavens and the earth as well as the One who continuously supervises and orchestrates the direction of history intelligently, purposefully, and meaningfully.

John Lennox and Eric Metaxas give me hope that recognition of a Cosmic Designer is becoming more widespread – that it is actually becoming easier to encounter the God of Creation. The new Exodus movie suggests, though, that many are still finding it at least somewhat challenging to recognize the Creator of the Universe as the God of History. More time might be necessary, but we are getting there.

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Rabbi Yosef Bitton was born in Argentina and received his ordination from Israel's Chief Rabbinate. He recently published his first book in English, “Awesome Creation: A Study on the First Three Verses of the Torah.” Rabbi Bitton currently resides in Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn, where he serves the Sephardic community of Ohel David uShlomo.

6 COMMENTS

  1. This is just so silly. If you won the lottery and examined all the events in your life that led to that moment the odds against predicting such a convergence of events would seem "miraculous". But really there are a huge number of other outcomes that could have occurred had one of those variables changed. Same here, we egocentrically observe our "life" as the only possible end product, not realizing that there are countless other possibilities.

    And the statement "But despite a decades-long search for extra-terrestrial intelligent life (SETI), nothing has been found." is so absurd as a "proof" for there being no other life. We are just now discovering hundreds of earthlike planets that are hundreds and thousands of light years away. That means it would take hundreds of years for a signal to reach us from the closest ones. And that means they'd have to be hundreds or thousands of years more advanced than us to have produced those electronic signals. (Something we've only been doing for a little over a hundred years.) And forget the fact that the far side of our galaxy is over 100,000 light years away and other galaxies are millions. But we 'listened" for decades. Right.

    Believe in God because you accept our Mesorah or because you "feel" his presence, not because of this nonsense.

  2. This not silly at all, as opposed to Michael Lipkin's assertion. This article is about science coming to grip with origins and nothing else. The winning the lottery argument he employs is banal at best, and a paper tiger to boot. I do agree with him about the potential, or lack thereof, not being a matter of a mere decade long attempt. In fact it has nothing to do with science at all. Now, his case would have been stronger had he lumped together the powerball, the megamillions and every scratch off in his pocket as scoring the big time. Personally, I believe there is much in existence that is chaotic and random, maybe most, none of that counters the case for an intelligent design of what came into existence whenever it did so. This article may be seen as an attempt by the author to prop up a failing religious paradigm…if you are wearing lenses designed for that purpose. I'm not wearing them, so I choose to see the article for what it is, a degree of glee over those who had been stumbling in darkness moving toward a glimmer of light.

  3. It's bad science and thus "silly". It's not even close to the equivalent of an ant peeking out from his ant hill and making haughty assessments about the rest of the world. Regardless, we agree that the article is useless in trying to prove a particular religious understanding.

  4. They have done the odds. They are astronomically against intelligent life, any form of life, arising spontaneously. In any theory and timeline on the origin of life, there is always the step where you write in, "and a miracle happens here".

    Sagan's arguments for alien god-creators do not say where the god-creators came from. So, his answer to the question does not answer the question.

    Whether there is life on other planets is essentially inconsequential. It is likely, but unnecessary to prove, for there is life here. The odds are 50:50. There is, or there isn't.

    The biggest question for me, is not if there is life after death, but rather, is there life after birth?

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