Friday, 3 September 2010

Angels and Demons

We finally got round to watching this film of the Dan Brown novel last night. It was ok, a bit slow in some places and I'm not sure his books transfer to the big screen very well. Anyway this isn't a film review merely some thoughts on the film. Again we see Brown's hostility to the Catholic church as he examines the battle between science and faith.

It was fascinating watching it on the day that the Times trumpted Stephen Hawkins statement drawn from his latest book: "Because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing," he writes. "Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the universe exists, why we exist."

"It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper and set the universe going."

It isn't just the media who portray science and faith as protagonists locked in a battle until the death or surrender of one or the other, it is how many in society think. We as Christians need to be engaging with this issues in a way that is seasoned with grace rather than full of hot air and hostility.

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