I did something I haven’t done in a while this week– I looked at an argument from a creationist line by line.
When we started out, I said I wanted to get the “who created god?” question out of the way at the outset. This Facebook comment from regular listener Cheryl give me a chance to explain why.
“Infinite recursion”…. That’s why God is called the Prime Mover — the Uncreated, the one source that begets all other effects. I’m not asking you to believe in God, just trying to correct your perception of what believers believe.
And my response:
Your correction is really the next move in that particular dance, so I’m hesitant to accept it as a correction. “Why is god the great exception, and not the universe itself? Why not something else?”, is the move after that. Every atheist that’s willing to say so publicly has heard this argument.
I brought it up because while it’s a valid question that atheists have, I wanted to get it out of the way so I could talk about things that are a bit more vital. The immutability of god is not an interesting conversation to me when god remains unproven.
The more interesting question for me is why the “big banger” has to be an intelligence. Many things are formed of natural processes. Many things are created by life, but not intelligent life. Even if this line of thought leads to evidence that something had to cause the big bang, we’re still very far away from proving an intelligence behind the creation of the universe. Even then, we’re light years away from proving that the intelligence behind it is the primitive tribal god of people in the middle east from five thousand or so years ago, as Professor Keeft would like me to believe.