The Intersect

The Intersect: John Lennox, Stephen Hawking, Jim Gaffigan

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FRAMES OF MIND

Stephen Hawking, arguably our age’s most famous scientist, died this week. In 2010, Hawking embraced atheism. We spoke to another remarkable scientist (and Christian) who challenged his arguments against God: John Lennox.

“A fairy story.” That’s what Hawking called heaven: “I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers.”

A start-up is pitching a mind-uploading service that’s “100% fatal.” Tough sell, right? There’s a waiting list. So the quest for immortality as a computer program marches on.

BELIEVERS

Many prominent 20th century Christian thinkers used to be skeptics. Here’s why Christian theology needs (former) atheists.

Why are millennials turning to astrology? “As somebody who isn’t religious, it felt like something to embrace during a particularly uncertain period.” The Guardian provides some clues.

The Church of Scientology launched a TV Network. And its promotional videos were as bizarre and mysterious as you might expect.

THE GOOD, THE BAD, & THE FUNNY

The 2018 Winter Paralympics are well underway. See the 21 most inspirational photos taken at the games so far.

Mother’s Day goes gender-neutral: A UK grocery chain is pushing for a more “transgender friendly” holiday, and some schools have even renamed it “Parenting Day” or “Special Person’s Day” to avoid any offense.

What’s so funny? Actor and comedian Jim Gaffigan talks about stand-up, his Christian faith, and opening up for the Pope.