September 21, 2012
In response to Michael Polito, Ph.D (“Religion is an outdated myth” Sept. 8): He is free to choose not to believe in a Creator God, but why does it bother him so much that some others choose to believe? It seems to me that the universe is so enormous and fantastic and life so complex and expansive that any theory that attempts to explain the origin of either must almost by definition be a pretty incredible story requiring a great deal of faith.
As far as scientific theory goes, the popular “big bang” theory doesn’t attempt to explain the origin of the universe. The Big bang begins with the existence of something (presumably gas) followed by an event (the bang). That is not the origin of the universe. The origin of the universe must explain that moment in time at which nothing existed anywhere in any form and in the next moment in time something existed. The only attempt at a “scientific” explanation of the origin of the universe that I have heard was offered by Stephen Hawking, the renowned astrophysicist, in his book, “A Brief History of Time”:
“Because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing.” He says, “Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the universe exists, why we exist.”
Spontaneous creation? Really? This is what science offers us? How can those who criticize belief in God as religious dogma have faith that a nonexistent universe can create itself? Try that sometime. It sounds like quite a trick.
Science has no theory that has been shown to even be plausible, much less reproducible, that explains how to create something out of nothing. This is not science, but simply another paradigm of thinking that allows some people to believe what they are comfortable believing.
We do get to choose what we believe. To believe in creation of the universe and human life by a loving God which offers us a relationship with our creator in life, and after death the promise of an eternity of joy and peace. Or, we can choose to believe in the “scientific” explanation of origin of the universe and human life, in which case we count on self-reliance in life, and after death we can look forward to decomposition. You get to choose.