April 29, 2012

Christianity – Anthropocentric or Universal III: Did God Make Everything? (Slice of Pie)

Five years ago, I started pondering this question and people have clicked on this essay nearly a thousand times, making it the single most-viewed thing I’ve ever posted. I’d like to continue thinking out loud on the issue now that I’m older and the world has changed a bit...

Let’s start at the very beginning because I’ve decided to make this an EIGHT part series. (No, I DON’T have anything better to do with my time, thank you very much!)

Did God Make Everything?


Simple answer, complex evidence from multiple cultures: http://www.magictails.com/creationlinks.html. While these provide evidence that God (by whatever name granted by the culture) made the universe, a serious problem comes up. Most atheists and other questioners will ask, “If God made the Universe, then who made God?”

I am NOT a MENSA candidate. I’m an ordinary guy with an ordinary job. I like to think and in this case, my thoughts have led me to believe that that Universe was created by an always present being.

“How can that be? If the being was always present, then something had to create the being in the first place!”

My response would be that the Universe came into being so long ago that there is no solid evidence remaining that it “just happened”. Your average materialist cosmologist (I’m not talking the MENSA candidates here, I’m not sure I would understand anything they had to say.) might have a some trouble if I asked them, "What 'went Bang!' in the Big Bang?"

The standard explanation is: it started with “the Universe [at] an infinite density and temperature at a finite time in the past.” (Hawking, S.W.; Ellis, G.F.R. (1973). The Large-Scale Structure of Space-Time. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-20016-4.)

This doesn’t answer the question of where the Universe at that density and temperature came from; but cultures can’t explain where God came from, either. Science demands that something be observable and that any experiment be repeatable. We take God on faith. Since none of us was there, we can’t go there and we have no observational records from there, both sides on this one must call it a draw, quit arguing and agree that if you want to believe in God, then God made everything. If you want to assign causality to Nature, then Nature made everything.

End of part one.



Paul said...

Just a small comment, not really dealing with the main thrust of your post: it's Mensa (Latin for table), not MENSA--unless, I guess, it should be shouted. But it's not an acronym for anything.

Okay, one other comment: according to the latest cosmology I've read about, the Big Bang seems to be coming under some scrutiny, in terms of whether it was really the physical creation of everything, or the reversal of a Big Crunch, or something else entirely. Some of this has to do with the nature of time, but beyond that it all gets kind of hand-wavey to me.

GuyStewart said...

I did NOT know that -- coming from education, virtually nothing is named. Everything is acronyms. Just a wonder -- why'd they name themselves after a table? Is it a PHYSICAL table? A metaphorical table? Or short for "tablet"? Hmmmm...I think I need to find out. That's about as close as I'll ever get to anything Mensa. Are you a member?