2018 saw the passing of Stephen Hawking, who will surely go down in history as not just one of the world’s greatest cosmic thinkers but also one of the most courageous humans: always looking for the best, in spite of his huge physical handicap. It is also good to see Philip Pullman receiving a knighthood in the New Year Honours, who has brought to literature the same enquiring mind as Stephen Hawking did for science.
Both were challenged by, and unable to see, the logic of faith in God. Perhaps they should have read more of St John’s writing in his first letter who, at the end of his long life, concluded that the nature of God is love.
Originally published on 31/12/2018