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