Atheism is Incompatible with Science.
By Jon Kauffman
Over the last 40 years several atheists have tried to convince me that I should be an atheist. Over the years I found several reasons that atheism does not make sense to me.
Several months ago, I read “Believing is Seeing, A Physicist Explains How Science Shattered His Atheism and Revealed the Necessity of Faith.” By Michael Guillen. Before he became a Christian, in his search for truth, Guillen compared science with atheism, Christianity and several other world views. Here is a chart he shared in his book to compare a few of his findings:
I can also think of other inconsistencies between science and atheism.
We can continue the line of questioning that Guillen used in his book.
Does the Universe have a beginning?
Science: Yes, Atheism: No, Christianity: Yes.
For science the universe starts with a big bang. For Christianity the universe starts with a creative act from God who is outside of time and space.
Since the discovery of the background radiation a majority of scientist have believed that the universe has a beginning. Before Einstein, a majority of scientists believed in an eternal universe.
Atheism is incompatible with a beginning to the universe because then there is insufficient time for life to be created by chance.
Albert Einstein fudged his numbers creating a “cosmological constant” to avoid a beginning. He later claimed it was his “biggest mistake.” Albert Einstein was not an atheist, however this demonstrates that all of us have great difficulty changing our world view even with the best of evidence.
Stephen Hawking tried to redefine “nothing” to mean “the law of gravity.”
“Because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing,” he writes. “Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the universe exists, why we exist.
“It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper and set the universe going.” Stephen Hawking, The Grand Design, page 180
Laurance Kraus changed the meaning of “nothing” to mean the empty vacuum of space.
Kraus said, “Since something is physical, nothing must be physical”
When John Lennox asked Kraus what this statement meant, Kraus said, “I suggest to you that nothing is a colloquial term that means many different things to many people. If empty space is your definition…not only will something come from it, something is required to come from it. Science has just changed the definitions. I call it learning.” John Lennox/Kevin Sorbo, Against the Tide, Finding God in an Age of Science.
Miriam Webster dictionary defines Nothing:
Definition of nothing (Entry 3 of 4)
1a: something that does not exist
b: the absence of all magnitude or quantity.
c: NOTHINGNESS, NONEXISTENCE.
I think it was Laurance Kraus who changed the meaning of “nothing”, not science.
If we need to fudge the numbers, or the change the meaning of nothing to equal the law of gravity or if we need to change the meaning of nothing to be the empty vacuum of space, we have redefined nothing to be something other than what most scientists would define as nothing.
If an atheists must change the meaning of “nothing” to remain an atheist then science is incompatible with atheism.
If as science and Christianity suggest, the universe came from nothing physical, then the Hawking and Kraus quotes seem like gibberish to me.
Science currently cannot tell how the universe was created from nothing. Christianity says that the universe was created by a creator who is outside of time and space, is eternal, and has freedom of choice to create when he wants.
Near death experiences and deathbed experiences give us evidence that it is highly probable that something beyond the material world exists.
The historical evidence for the resurrection of Jesus suggests God is reaching out to man and Jesus is an exact representation of that God. A God who can create the universe out of nothing.
If atheists would like to convert me to atheism, they must convince me that nothing can become something.
I am not aware of any scientific evidence that support the theories that the law of gravity, or the empty quantum vacuum of space or multi-universes existed before the big bang.
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