In the Beginning . . ?


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From Evolution News and Views:

God and the Astronomers, Revisited

"A point of creation would be a place where science broke down. One would have to appeal to religion and the hand of God." Guess who said that?

The speaker was none other than the world's most eminent cosmologist, Stephen Hawking. Was he attacking proponents of intelligent design? No; he was lamenting his latest birthday presents.

For Hawking's 70th birthday celebration, Lisa Grossman wrote in New Scientist, cosmologists got together to discuss the "State of the Universe." Hawking prepared a recorded statement for the occasion that included the comment quoted above. Good thing he didn't have to attend. His friends gave him "the worst presents ever," Grossman noted. Alexander Vilenkin of Tufts University presented evidence that "the universe is not eternal, resurrecting the thorny question of how to kick-start the cosmos without the hand of a supernatural creator."

The article explains why none of the proposals for an eternal universe are workable: eternal inflation, a cyclic universe, and the "cosmic egg" hypothesis. In each case, the mathematics and the laws of physics can't eliminate the need for a starting point. This forces the community of naturalistic astronomers to face what they have been trying to avoid: a beginning.

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Wait. You mean to tell me that you don't have to be a caveman, a baby, or some kind of right-winger to seriously entertain the possibility of a god/creator???!!!! Well I'll be.

HT: Wintery Knight

*Sombrero Galaxy in infrared light (Hubble Space Telescope and Spitzer Space Telescope)

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