Smackdown in Sydney

Cardinal Pell puts the smackdown on Christopher Hitchens bad atheistic math during lectures on the ‘Festival of Dangerous Ideas.”

GOD may be many things, but one of them is ”a first-rate mathematician”, the Sydney Catholic Archbishop, George Pell said last night.

In a speech titled ”Without God We Are Nothing”, presented as a counterpoint to a talk by the atheist author Christopher Hitchens the previous day, Cardinal Pell said science was generally an ally of Christian faith.

Hints of God’s presence could be found where physics blurred into philosophy, he said.

The exact calibration of physical forces that made the universe stable and functional strongly implied a creator, he said, although science had alternative theories.

”All this is too much for blind chance.”

In a scholarly speech the cardinal quoted Aristotle, the physicists Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein and the astronomer Fred Hoyle, who famously said he believed ”the universe is a put-up job”.

Cardinal Pell said evolution was ”the best scientific explanation we have at the moment” for the development of life but did not tell the whole story.

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