Something from Nothing (or, Did God Create the Universe?)
[Originally published on August 7, 2011, right before the premiere of the Discovery program "Curiosity," in which cosmologist Stephen Hawking presented his reasons for not thinking a God was involved in the creation of the universe.]
I’m really excited for tonight’s premiere of the show “Curiosity” on Discovery, and have been shamelessly promoting it all day through my Twitter feed, Facebook, etc.
The show is marketed with the questions “Did God create the universe?” or “Can something come from nothing?”
I haven’t seen it yet, but I think the basic premise is that Steven Hawking is once more going to make the case that God wasn’t involved with (or at least didn’t have to be involved with) the creation of the universe.
Now, as a Christian believer, I’ve always had a hard time imagining that the universe could just come from nothing. When I look at the intricacies of the world, the beauties of creation, the complexity of life, the similarity between creatures, the difficulty of evolutionary processes, and all of that, it seems that some intelligence had to be behind it all.
For years, my argument to anyone who told me they didn’t believe the universe had been created was that it had to be created. Something can’t come from nothing. A book is evidence of an author, and so on.
Of course, one only has to go one step further back in the story to blow my argument out of the water.