Are You a Very Interesting Form of Nothing?

Are You a Very Interesting Form of Nothing?

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The universe beginning to exist is a problem for atheism in that it indicates a creator. Multiple attempts to bypass this problem have been propounded, but my favorite is the argument that nothing exists right now.

Does that sound crazy? Surely a professor at Oxford wouldn’t say that, right? I cut out this clip of the renowned chemist Dr. Peter Atkins saying just that.

It’s quite the escape hatch to claim that we don’t need God because we are nothing, but there you are. And you’ll find that versions of this are incredibly popular in academia. For example, the well-known astrophysicist Lawrence Krauss said,

“In some sense we now understand that there’s really not a great deal of different between something and nothing; nothing could turn into something all the time and nothing is unstable—not only can space produce particles, space itself can spontaneously come into existence—and science has changed the whole fabric of the discussion.”

I think it takes a lot of denial to get to such statements, and points to God being absolutely correct in the following:

“For His invisible attributes, that is, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen since the creation of the world, being understood through what He has made. As a result, people are without excuse. For though they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God or show gratitude. Instead, their thinking became nonsense, and their senseless minds were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools.”

—Romans 1:20-22

4 thoughts on “Are You a Very Interesting Form of Nothing?

  1. It simply goes back to you can’t get something from nothing. You never will get a clear answer on that one. It’s just dodged, as if by not addressing it makes it okay and we move on from there. Not once have I witnessed any scientist explain this. They simply move on as if it was understood we had gotten past this and we’re ready to move on. If I can’t believe them on this subject, why would I believe them on anything. Our Creator is outside the box, and our comparatively feeble minds can’t grasp it. Personally my life has changed very much for the better now that I have confessed to our Creator that I fully believe. There would be no point in lying by declaring you believe if you don’t because our Creator knows if we truly believe or not. Once I researched and found that I was left with only a Creator as the answer to it all, my life did a 180 and what a wonderful feeling to see prayers answered. Once you truly believe, prayers will be answered and what a wonderful turn around that is. Thanks for this post. Keep up the good work.

    1. It really is baffling that a person will claim that there is no “you,” and that “you” have no free will, and that “you” need to “change your mind” and believe them, and that there is no absolute truth. Reminds me of a quote I love:

      “A writer who says that there are no truths, or that all truth is ‘merely relative,’ is asking you not to believe him. So don’t.” ―Roger Scruton, Modern Philosophy: An Introduction and Survey

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