Who designed the intelligent designer?
By: William Mulgrew
Originally published: 2/16/07 at 2:16 AM EST
Last update: 2/16/07 at 2:16 AM EST
Since everything that has a beginning had a cause, the Big Bang has to have a cause. In logic form it looks like this: Everything that has a beginning had a cause. The universe had a beginning. Therefore, the universe had a cause. If you disagree, what caused you to reach that conclusion? This is called the Law of Causality, and science, broadly speaking, is the search of causes.
So instead of asking who designed the intelligent designer, one should ask, what caused the Big Bang? Scientists simply don't know! They know that all time, space and matter began with the Big Bang, so something outside of time, space and matter caused the Big Bang. In short, it was something supernatural.
Astronomer Robert Jastrow, director of the Mount Wilson observatory and founder of NASA's Goddard Institute of Space Studies, said in an interview, "Astronomers now find they have painted themselves into a corner because they have proven, by their own methods, that the world began abruptly in an act of creation to which you can trace the seeds of every star, every planet, every living thing in this cosmos and on the earth. And they have found that all of this happened as a product of forces they cannot hope to discover. … That there are what I or anyone would call supernatural forces at work is now, I think, a scientifically proven fact."
Jastrow observed that the Big Bang is very similar to the Biblical account of Genesis strictly in the sense that creation began suddenly in a flash of light and energy and in a definite amount of time. Jastrow admitted this even though he's an agnostic.
Curiously, I don't hear any objection that the Big Bang violates the Establishment Clause or is religion in disguise.
There are several atheistic explanations for the cause of the Big Bang, but they've all failed. First was the Cosmic Rebound Theory, the idea that the universe is expanding and contracting forever. This fell out of favor because there's not enough matter and energy for that to happen. Contracting also requires energy. The universe is still expanding and there's no evidence that it will contract. Moreover, even if there were a finite number of bangs, you still need the first one.