THE CREATOR IN THE DOCK: WHOSE WORLD IS IT?
WORLD VIEWS IN CONFLICT
Genesis 1.1—Moses wrote, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”
Matthew 22.34-40—Jesus quoted Deuteronomy 6.5, “Love the Lord thy God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.
Romans 12.1-4—Paul stated, “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
Professors of religion are always at risk of turning Christianity into a religion of professors—Henry de Luback (Immanuel Kant’s First Critique removed the universe from rational consideration. Only in the developments in science in the 1950s onward has it been feasible to rationally discuss the existence of the universe.) Kantian constructivism brought the death of the universe as knowable. All forms of truth claims are merely social construction, i.e., not statements of fact. While the development in the physical sciences make the fine tuning thesis rationally plausible, this phenomena makes it rationally possible to respond to three crucial questions: (1) Why there is a universe? (2) Why does it go on as it does? and (3) Has it any intrinsic meaning?
C.S. Lewis wrote the essay “The Creator in the Dock” in 1948, sixty-four years ago. Later, after his death, publishers called the essay, “God in the Dock.” (While men are the ultimate judges) God is the maker of the heavens and the earth (Hebrew idiom for the universe). There are difficulties in presenting the Christian faith to modern unbelievers. He erases post modern man’s insensibility to sin to his judgmental dismissal of God.
In 1963, there were three deaths: C.S. Lewis, Adolphus Huxley, and John F. Kennedy. In 1964, pronouncements from the Second Vatican recovered Kant’s farcical contribution to the annihilation of rational discussion of the universe as the interpretive system for the post modern world. Post modern cosmology has re-established the intellectual dignity of the universe. It is no longer rationally respectable to reject the radical specificity about the universe. Contra the logical impossibility to derive this enormously specific universe from homogenous nebular state of affairs.
Look up Worldview Resources on the Web in regard to The Wilberforce Forum for the Renewal of Culture, Centurions Program 2004. Also look for Colson’s magazine, BreakPoint Worldview Magazine.
James Strauss, Professor Emeritus
Lincoln Christian Seminary
Lincoln, IL 62656