Nothing to Go On

Materialist Explanations for the Origin of the Universe Come Up Empty

Arguments for a beginning of the universe go back thousands of years. In fact, most cultures throughout history have believed that the universe was created by an intelligent agent. For example, in ancient Greece, Plato and his followers argued that the universe was the product of a powerful supreme being. Others, however, claimed that the universe is eternal in age and constant in size, and that its origin requires no explanation. This model later came to be called the static universe.

In the sixth through tenth centuries, early Christian and Muslim philosophers attempted to settle the issue with the kalam argument. This argument for a first cause has three parts:

1. Anything that begins to exist has a...


is a scientist and an attorney with a PhD in Geology from the University of Johannesburg and a JD from the University of San Diego. In his day job, he works as Associate Director of the Center for Science and Culture at Discovery Institute, helping to oversee the intelligent design (ID) research program and defending academic freedom for scientists who support intelligent design. Dr. Luskin has written and spoken widely on the scientific mechanics and implications of both intelligent design and evolution. He also volunteers for the "IDEA Center," a non-profit that helps students to start IDEA Clubs on their college and high school campuses. He lives and works in Seattle, Washington, where he and his wife are avid enjoyers of the outdoors.

had a career as an aerospace systems analyst before moving on to the entertainment industry and becoming a writer. A former skeptic of ID, he became a strong supporter after becoming aware of the enormous amount of academic and media misinformation on the subject.

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This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #48, Spring 2019 Copyright © 2024 Salvo |


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