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Guest columnist: God and science do exist

Heath Talbot
Vail CO, Colorado

This is in response to Richard Carnes’ numerous articles on why he doesn’t believe in a Creator. I’m thankful we live in a country where we can openly dialogue and not fear we’ll be locked up or even killed for our beliefs. Here are a few of the reasons I believe in a Creator. Much of the following is found in the book “I Don’t have Enough Faith to be an Atheist” by Norm Geisler and Frank Turek. He who has ears, let him hear.

Albert Einstein said “Science without religion is lame; religion without science is blind.” Here are a few laws to remember. The law of causality states that everything that had a beginning had a cause, which is the fundamental principle of science. The law of noncontradiction says contradictory claims cannot both be true. In short, the opposite of true is false. The law of identity states that truth exists and is absolute and undeniable. To say “truth cannot be known” is self-defeating because that very statement claims to be a known, absolute truth. The law of excluded middle states that something either is or is not. For example, either God exists or He does not.

Either Jesus rose from the dead or he did not. There are no third alternatives.

Let’s talk a little science. Specifically S.U.R.G.E.:

Second law of thermodynamics ” the universe is running out of usable energy.

Universe is expanding from a single point. How does the expanding universe prove a beginning? Think about it in reverse ” all matter in the universe would collapse back to a point, mathematically and logically to a point that is actually nothing (no space, no time and no matter). In other words, once there was nothing, and then, BANG, there was something ” the entire universe exploded into being. This is called the “Big Bang.”

Radiation from the Big Bang was discovered in 1965 when Arno Penzias and Robert Wilson detected radiation (the afterglow) from the Big Bang and subsequently won the Nobel Prize.

Great galaxy seeds. In 1989, the COBE satellite discovered the ripples from the Big Bang. Project leader George Smoot announced “If you’re religious, it’s like looking at God.” Astrophysicist Michael Turner said “The significance of this (discovery) cannot be overstated. They have found the Holy Grail of Cosmology.” Cambridge astronomer Stephen Hawking also agreed, calling the finding “the most important discover of the century, if not of all time.”

Einstein’s theory of general relativity was the beginning of the end for the idea that the universe is eternal. The theory itself, which has been verified to five decimal places, demands an absolute beginning for time, space, and matter.

Next is a philosophical line of evidence for the beginning of the universe. Don’t be intimidated by philosophy! This one is pretty easy to follow. It’s called the Kalam Cosmological Argument and it goes like this:

1. An infinite number of days have no end.

2. But today is the end day of history (history being a collection of all days).

3. Therefore, there were not an infinite number of days before today. Thus, time had a beginning.

OK, back to science. The anthropic principle is just a fancy title for the mounting evidence that has many scientists believing that the universe is extremely fine-tuned (designed) to support human life here on earth. There are at least 122 of these, but I’ll just mention three.

First, the oxygen level on Earth comprises 21 percent of the atmosphere. That precise figure is an anthropic constant that makes life on Earth possible. If oxygen were 25 percent, fires would erupt spontaneously; if it were 15 percent, human beings would suffocate.

Second, if the carbon dioxide level were higher than it is now, a runaway greenhouse effect would develop and we’d all burn up. If the level were lower than it is now, plants would not be able to maintain efficient photosynthesis and we’d all suffocate.

Third, if the gravitational force was altered by the smallest of fractions, our sun would not exist and, therefore, neither would we. Talk about precision!

Astrophysicist Hugh Ross has calculated the probability that these and other constants would exist today for any planet in the universe by chance at 1 in 10,138. In effect, there is zero chance that any planet in the universe would have the life-supporting conditions we have, unless there is an intelligent designer behind it all.

Isaac Newton wrote, “This most beautiful system of the sun, planets and comets could only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intelligent and powerful being.”

Lastly, I’ll touch briefly on evolution. This isn’t hard. Microevolution can be observed. That’s true science. Species adapt to their environment. However, macroevolution has never been observed nor is there one instance in the fossil record. There is not one example of a species changing or evolving into another species, let alone a human being evolving from a single-cell organism eons ago.

Even if we had evidence of macroevolution, which we don’t, where did the single-cell organism come from? Chandra Wickramasinghe observes “The emergence of life from a primordial soup on the Earth is merely an article of faith that scientists are finding difficult to shed. There is no experimental evidence to support this at the present time. Indeed all attempts to create life from non-life, starting from Pasteur, have been unsuccessful.”

The creation-evolution debate is not about religion versus science or the Bible versus science ” it’s about good science versus bad science.

Likewise, it’s not about faith versus reason ” it’s about reasonable faith versus unreasonable faith. How did life arise from nonliving chemicals, without intelligent intervention, when nonliving chemicals are susceptible to the second law? Darwinists have no answer, only faith.

Microbiologist and atheist Michael Denton states, “The complexity of the simplest known type of cell is so great that it is impossible to accept that such an object could have been thrown together suddenly by some kind of freakish, vastly improbable event. Such an occurrence would be indistinguishable from a miracle.”

Heath Talbot is a Gypsum resident. E-mail comments about this column to editor@vaildaily.com.


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