Secularists Continue to Try to Explain
Away God












One cosmologist suggests a godless universe is
“just the way it is.”

Summary: Science is gradually chipping away at reasons for believing
in God, secularists claim. They believe the existence of humans, the
Earth and the universe can now be explained by biology, astronomy,
physics and other scientific domains. Scientific mysteries remain, admits
Sean Carroll, a theoretical cosmologist at Cal Tech, but he thinks there
is good reason for believing science will ultimately be able to explain
everything so that God is no longer necessary.

“Gobs of evidence” can explain the Big Bang model of cosmology, the
notion the universe expanded from a hot, dense state to its current
cooler, more expansive state over “13.7 billion years.” Cosmologists can
model what happened immediately after the Big Bang until now
although there is uncertainty regarding the split second before that.
Some theologians have equated the Big Bang with the creation of the
world as explained in the Bible because something, i.e. God, had to
have initiated the Big Bang. However, Carroll is hopeful science will
eventually do away with the need for a Big Bang “trigger-puller.”

Carroll has explained that a goal of modern physics is to form a working
theory that can describe the entire universe, from subatomic to
astronomical scales within a single framework.  Called “quantum
gravity,” this theory would account for what happened at the moment of
the Big Bang. Some versions of quantum gravity suggest the Big Bang
was only a “transitional stage in an eternal universe” rather than the
starting point of time, like a balloon that inflates and deflates over and
over. If time had no beginning, that eliminates the need for the book of
Genesis.

Other versions of quantum gravity hold that time did start at the Big
Bang, but they also try to eliminate the need for God.  "Nothing in the
fact that there is a first moment of time, in other words, necessitates that
an external something is required to bring the universe about at that
moment," Carroll wrote. Contemporary physics theories, still under
development and needing testing, are capable of explaining why Big
Bangs occur without supernatural input.

However, physicists have observed that many of the physical constants
that define our universe are “eerily perfect” for supporting life. To get
around the need for a fine-tuner of the universe, some versions of
quantum gravity theory propose an infinite number of universes that
make up a multiverse. Among these infinite universes, the “full range of
values of all the physical constants are represented” and thus some of
them could support the formation of stars, planets and life as we know
it. We just happen to live in one of the lucky universes.

But some theologians counter it is far simpler to believe in God. In
addition, even if cosmologists eventually manage to explain how and
why the universe seems so fine-tuned for life, the question remains why
there is “something” as opposed to “nothing.” But Carroll says there can
be no answer to such a question. “That’s just how it is.” Carroll contends
that a complete scientific explanation that accounts for everything in the
universe doesn’t need an explanation in the same way specific things in
the universe need to be explained.

(Photo of the Eagle Nebula, from
NASA.)

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Comment: It is hard to imagine that after reading this article anyone
could doubt that that secular science can be just as much of a faith-
based institution as any religious denomination — or even more so.
Those scientists, as represented by Mr. Carroll, who contend the
universe is possible without a Creator are so obviously engaging in
wishful thinking I don’t see how it can be denied.

In fact, established scientific evidence contradicts much of their
theorizing and their hopes that future research will do away with God.
What we know from what we can observe is that everything has a
beginning and all effects have a cause. The Big Bang, if it had a
beginning, had no cause, or, if you believe in that fantastic idea of a
constantly inflating, deflating “balloon universe,” then the universe had
no beginning. Also, contrary to the claim that the Big Bang is supported
by “gobs of evidence,” there actually are gobs of reasons for opposing this
theory. One
online article lists not one or two, but thirty actual scientific
problems with the Big Bang theory.

What about the multiverse? Scientific evidence allows for only one
universe, not an infinite (i.e. unlimited) number of universes. There is
not a shred of
scientific evidence for an infinite number of anything.
Christians often talk about “belief” in an eternity or an infinite amount of
time. Why should a belief in an infinite number of universes be given
more respect than a  belief in an eternity governed by an eternal God?

As evidence accumulates for how fine-tuned our universe is, how
complex and finely-designed even simple creatures happen to be, and
how the need for a Creator to explain life seems to be increasing,
secularists undoubtedly are feeling under increasing pressure to provide
reasons for maintaining their faith in the nonexistence of God. This
wasn’t the first attempt to explain God away, by any means, and it is fair
to predict it won’t be the last.

Bible believers know there was a first cause for the universe and
everything in it, and that first cause is our Creator God. “
By the word
of the Lord the heavens were made, their starry host by the breath of
his mouth….For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it
stood firm
” (Psalm 33:6,9).

And just as He has created our present home, He has created a future
home for all people who are following Jesus Christ in faith as their Lord
and Savior.  “
My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so,
would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to
be with me that you also may be where I am
” (John 14:2-3).   

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Decades ago I attended a
so-called Lutheran
university where I could
have lost my faith. The
science professors promoted
the theory of evolution and
made fun of anybody who
believed in the account of
creation as presented in
the book of Genesis.
Thanks be to God, some
creationist literature and
the Bible soon helped get
me back on the right track.
Ever since then I have
taken an active interest in
the creation/evolution
controversy.

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