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From Archbishop Rowan Williams' final sermon

The ABC (Australia) news tonight chose just one sentence from the final sermon of Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, before he leaves office, but it was well worth quoting:
When people respond to outrageous cruelty and violence with a hard-won readiness to understand and be reconciled, few, if any, can bring themselves to say that all this is an illusion.

Time to accommodate the Creator?

Last night I watched the episode of 'Stephen Hawking's Grand Design' (a 2012 TV series) entitled 'Did God create the universe?' The blurb for the episode reads:
Professor Stephen Hawking unfolds his personal, compelling vision of the biggest question of all: Is there a god who created and controls the universe in which we live? To answer this controversial and age old question, Hawking takes us on a journey through humanity's history of appraising our place in the Universe - from Vikings facing down eclipses to the laws of modern cosmology. Using the laws of physics, Hawking argues that the universe can pop into being from absolutely nothing, that there was no time before the creation of the universe and therefore, no room for a Grand Designer.Apart from its mild hyperbole, this is an accurate summary of the episode. The history of how science has progressively accounted for phenomena that were earlier attributed to gods or God is well known and needs no comment…