Posted by: Randall Niles | September 9, 2010

Spontaneous Creation

“From the moment there is order, there is cosmos.” (Plato)

How Does Mainstream Science Currently Explain the Origin of the Cosmos?

This weekend, Stephen Hawking releases his new book, The Grand Design, in which he announces that “spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the Universe exists, why we exist.” He goes on to say, “Because there is a law such as gravity, the Universe can and will create itself from nothing.”

In the decades since Einstein, observational discoveries in the areas of cosmology, astronomy, physics, and mathematics have shown beyond a reasonable doubt that our universe did, in fact, have a beginning. Science now declares that prior to a certain moment in history there was nothing; during and after that certain moment in history there was something — our cosmos.

The Big Bang Theory is today’s dominant scientific cosmogony. According to this theory of origin, the universe was created between 13 and 20 billion years ago from the random, cosmic explosion (or “expansion”) of a subatomic blip that hurled space, time, matter, and energy in all directions. Everything – the whole cosmos — came from an initial speck of infinite density (also known as a “singularity”). This speck (existing outside of space and time) appeared from no where, for no reason, only to explode (start expanding) all of a sudden. Over a period of approximately 10 billion years, this newly created space, time, matter, and energy evolved into remarkably-designed and fully-functional stars, galaxies, and planets, including our earth.

If you think this sounds a bit too simplistic, here’s what the mainstream experts say:

NASA: “The universe was created sometime between 10 billion and 20 billion years ago from a cosmic explosion that hurled matter and in all directions.”

U.C. Berkeley: “The big bang theory states that at some time in the distant past there was nothing. A process known as vacuum fluctuation created what astrophysicists call a singularity. From that singularity, which was about the size of a dime, our Universe was born.”

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology: “Many cosmologists believe that the universe was created about 15 billion years ago with a cosmic explosion they nicknamed the Big Bang. This explosion produced an expanding cloud of the simplest known chemical elements: hydrogen and helium.”

University of Michigan: “About 15 billion years ago a tremendous explosion started the expansion of the universe. This explosion is known as the Big Bang. At the point of this event all of the matter and energy of space was contained at one point. What existed prior to this event is completely unknown and is a matter of pure speculation. This occurrence was not a conventional explosion but rather an event filling all of space with all of the particles of the embryonic universe rushing away from each other.”

American Association for the Advancement of Science: “In the last fifty years a great deal of evidence has accumulated in support of a ‘consensus’ theory of the evolution of the universe. The theory holds that a ‘big bang’ precipitated a huge split-second inflation of the universe, followed by a gradual expansion that continues to this day…”

Except for invoking God, Genesis 1:1 agrees with today’s mainstream scientific cosmogony: “In the beginning [time], God created [bara — Hebrew: created from nothing] the heavens [space] and the earth [matter].”

It’s interesting to note that Stephen Hawking finishes his analysis of “spontaneous creation” (something from nothing) by stating, “It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper and set the Universe going.”

Simply, it comes down to faith for “both sides” — God did it OR It did itself.

What do you think?

Randall Niles

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Responses

  1. The difference between saying that God did it, and It did itself is significant. It did itself, if proven (Hawking is merely asserting a hypothesis, personally convinced by it though he may be), finishes the question of creation once and for all.

    God did it, on the other hand, instead of resolving the question, leaves far bigger questions unanswered.. for instance how was (s)he created and in what spacetime did (s)he exist, if spacetime itself was created at the Big bang.

  2. In “The Grand Design” Stephen Hawking postulates that the M-theory may be the Holy Grail of physics…the Grand Unified Theory which Einstein had tried to formulate and later abandoned. It expands on quantum mechanics and string theories.

    In my e-book on comparative mysticism is a quote by Albert Einstein: “…most beautiful and profound emotion we can experience is the sensation of the mystical. It is the sower of all true science. To know that what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and most radiant beauty – which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their primitive form – this knowledge, this feeling, is at the center of all religion.”

    Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity is probably the best known scientific equation. I revised it to help better understand the relationship between divine Essence (Spirit), matter (mass/energy: visible/dark) and consciousness (fx raised to its greatest power). Unlike the speed of light, which is a constant, there are no exact measurements for consciousness. In this hypothetical formula, basic consciousness may be of insects, to the second power of animals and to the third power the rational mind of humans. The fourth power is suprarational consciousness of mystics, when they intuit the divine essence in perceived matter. This was a convenient analogy, but there cannot be a divine formula.

  3. Hawking reverts to an infinite regression of causation, but stumbles and suggests that gravity caused the Big Bang — yet fails to identify where gravity came from.

    The problem with an naturalistic infinite regression of causation is that it is really no different than a biblical regression of causation that leads to an infinite but personal creator.

    Both the natural and the biblical world views invoke an uncaused cause of all things. The naturalist seems often just to avoid a creator to whom a created being is accountable.


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