The Michigan Daily-Tuesday, November 24, 1981-Page 3
Kung: Fuse science, God
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Zapping starships: a new cult
By JOHN ADAM
Speaking before a standing room only
crowd at the main Rackham Am-
phitheater last night, Hans Kung, the
controversial, Swiss Theologian who
was recently offered a faculty position
at the University, said what today's
society needs is a synthesis of science
Kung said the Pope and the Catholic
Church have been inflexible in meeting
the new demands of a changing society.
"THE CATHOLIC Church especially
has been regarded as the enemy of
science," said the outspoken Kung, who
was ousted by the Church from the pon-
tified Catholic chair at the University of
Tubingen in West Germany in Dec.,
1979. The Vatican move sparked large
scale student protests in West Ger-
Kung, presently a visiting scholar at
the University of Chicago, said he has
not yet decided whether he will accept
the University's offer.
KNOWN FOR HIS outspoken views
against the Church, Kung said the
failure of all churches, especially the
Catholic Church, to meet social
changes has resulted in the modern
decay of religion as an institution.
For many people, Kung said, science
and rationality have replaced religion
even in the private sphere, and "now
atheism is a power in world politics
through the communist movement."
Kung went on to say "there
is no proven rationality of
God's existence." The proofs of
philosophers and theologians are
inadequate as firm evidence of the
existence of God, he said.
"BELIEF IN GOD cannot be presup-
posed" and "atheism cannot be
rationally eliminated," Kung said. But
he added that atheism, like belief in
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He said the ultimate choice is an ar-
bitrary decision by the individual. One
can say, Kung said, that the only reason
a Jew could endure the Holocaust is
because of his or her belief in God. On
the other hand, Kung said, a Jew could
say he or she does not believe in God
because no God would allow the
Holocaust to have happened.
"The fact that God is, can be accep-
ted not by any rational proof, Kung
said, "But on the basis of reasonable
trust rooted in reality itself."
KUNG SAID HE is confident that God
exists, but added that God should not be
thought of as a distant entity paring his
fingernails above the clouds, but rather
a being "in the heart of things."
The Swiss theologian said that it is no
longer necessary not to believe in God
because we believe in heliocentricity or
Darwinism and that science and
religion don't have to be viewed as con-
flicting with one another.
He added that he thought atheism
was declining, as shown by the
reemergence of religious values in the
communist states such as Poland.
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volved," explains Mitchell. "The
regulars play each other for money and
compete for the highest score."
Many video arcades maintain sleazy
reputations. But with local arcades
grossing as much as $700 a day on the
games, old and new arcades are
working toward cleaner images.
"We're trying to create a different
image," said Mary Poi~get, an em-
ployee at the Simulation Station. "The
atmosphere here is clean and inviting.
A lot of families come on the weekends
and play for hours.'
PLAYING SIDE by side on video
games at the Simulation Station are
Steve Semple, an assistant manager at
the Ann Arbor Bank and Trust, and
Mark Hoge, 14, Freehold N.J. "I come
everyday on my lunch hour," Semple
said. "It's fun to watch the others beat
the game. I take a lot of my
frustrations out on the machine."
"Pac-Man is really big at my
school," Mark said. "We go hang out at
the 7-11 for hours. The kids that are
good are really popular with the girls.
Anyone that can score 4,000 is really
Pinball is on the decline in the face of
the stiff competition of the video
games. "The basic theme of pinball"
doesn't change, said Tommy's em-
ployee Bill McCaffney. "It is always the
same deal. But when the video games
start to loose their novelty, a new one
comes out. Some of them like Space In-
vaders, and Pac-Man are consistently
"Local arcade owners are trying to
clean up the image of pinball parlors,
McCaffney said. Tommy's, he said,
went through a major renovation last
"It used to be a real pit. The
managers are trying to discourage the
regulars from coming in. They kind of
ran the place and intimidated the other
customers," McCaffney said.
Will the video trend fizzle out as
quickly as it has vaulted into many
It doesn't seem likely, according to
Mary Pouget. "Everyone needs games
to play," she says.
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Haig criticizes Nicaragua
MEXICO CITY (AP) - Secretary of
State Alexander Haig, arriving yester-
day for a 24-hour visit to Mexico,
praised Latin America's efforts to
create a nuclear-free zone in the region.
Reporters who traveled with him on
the plane from Washington, however,
said he called the "radicalization" of
Mexico's Central American neighbor
Nicaragua a threat to peace and
stability in the region.
"WE OFFERED them ... nor-
malization but recent events suggest
they are being contrary to us," he said.
"It is our hope that all the nations of the
region will share our concern that the
totalitarian regime in Nicaragua comes
as a threat to peace and stability and
peaceful social and economic
Haig indicated that in his talks with
Mexican officials he will stress that the
"radicalization of the Nicaraguan
regime poses problems for the social
and economic development for the
Today is the last day to vote in the LSA Student Government elections.
Voting will be for president, vice-president and 15 representatives. Polls are
located in the UGLI, Fishbowl, Michigan Union and most dormitories. Only
LSA students may vote.
AAFC-Hour of the Wolf, 7 p.m.; Shame, 8:30 p.m., Lorch.
Women's Studies-Meshes of the Afternoon, Mosori Monika and Com-
muters, 2235 Angell Hall, noon.
Buddhist Literature-Luis Gomez, "Translating Translations: The Inter-
pretation of Zen (Ch'an) Texts from Tibet," Commons Room, Lane Hall,
Bioengineering-Janice Jenkins, "A Esophogeal Electrocardiography for
Computer Analysis of Cardiac Arrhythmias," 1213 E. Eng., 4 p.m.
Nuclear Eng.-Wayne Jones, "Superalloys," Baer Rm., Cooley Bldg., 4
CHGD-John Hagen, "Definiency Approach to Learning Disabilities," 44
VV Bldg., noon.
Geological Sciences-Daniel Fisher, "Mastodon Butchering Sites in
Southeastern Michigan," 4001 CC Little, 4 p.m.
Child Protection Team-"Legal Aspects of Child Abuse & Neglect," Rm.
F1608, Mott Children's Hosp., noon-1:30 p.m.
Psychology-Shau Jiao, "A Discussion of Research Interest in Psychology
at Beijing University: The People's Republic of China," 1057 MHRI, 12:30
Chemistry-A. G. Brook, "Stable Silaethylenes & Their Charac-
terization," 1300 Chem., 4 p.m.
Computer Center-Fred Schwartz, "The Ada Programming Language,"
Sem., Rm., CC, 7-9 p.m.
Ecumenical Campus Center, International Center and Church Women
United in Ann Arbor-Prof, Gayl Ness, "Population Problems and Policies
in Less Developed Countries," International Center, noon.
Ann Arbor Libertarian League-Weekly discussion, Count of Antipasto,
1140 S. University, 7 p.m. #
Alpha Phi Omega-Mass meeting, Kuenzel Rm., Union, 7 p.m.
Ann Arbor Go Club-1433 Mason Hall, 7-11 p.m.
Musical Society-Paul Gaulin Mime Company, Power Center, 8 p.m. For
info, call 665-3717.
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