In pt. 1, I discussed the importance of God’s existence and explained some of the scientific evidence in our universe that proves his existence. I briefly covered the Big Bang theory (just the part of it that shows the universe suddenly appeared) and the first two points from Frank Turek’s acronym for proving God’s existence, SURGE–Second law of thermodynamics, Universe is expanding, Radiation afterglow, Great galaxy seeds, Einstein’s theory of general relativity. I highlighted how the second law of thermodynamics shows that the energy in the universe is finite and is running out. I also highlighted the proof that the universe is expanding and how this shows that it at one time did not exist. And with each point I showed how they proved God’s existence.
This is the kind of proof that educators block from being taught in public schools and public universities because they would not want students to go down a scientific path that leads right to God himself or for fear of lawsuits. A majority of educators would rather have converts to their atheistic, agnostic, and humanist religious beliefs and public education is the perfect structure for it, which is why they guard against interpreting scientific fact in any way that acknowledges God’s existence.
Their plan seems to be working in many ways since many kids raised in Christian homes, once they get to university, face a crisis of faith when their unbelieving professors take potshots at the validity of the Bible and what it teaches. Because many of those kids did not grow up reading the Bible for themselves, they are not rooted and grounded as deeply as they should in the things of God and become offended by God’s word, turning their backs on what they were told growing up.
But now I will cover the next two points of the SURGE acronym.
Scientists, who took into account the Big Bang along with the 2nd law of thermodynamics and Edwin Hubble’s proof of universal expansion, came to theorize in the 1940s that if the universe came from nothing then there would most likely be some heat remaining in the universe from the explosion that occurred. This remnant heat, known as radiation afterglow, is the same type of heat that we can see every day when we turn off the television in the dark and see the screen still glowing for a few seconds afterward or when we turn off fluorescent light bulbs and see them glowing for a few seconds.
In 1965, this radiation afterglow was discovered by two scientists, Arno Penzias and Robert Wilson, in Homedale, NJ at the Bell Laboratories. They stumbled on this discovery that there was, indeed, some remnant heat in the universe leftover from the Big Bang. For this discovery, they were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1978.
Arno Penzias eventually admitted, “The best data we have (concerning the Big Bang) are exactly what I would have predicted had I had nothing to go on but the five books of Moses, the Psalms and the Bible as a whole.”
And according to Robert Wilson, “Certainly there was something that set it all off. …I can’t think of a better theory of the origin of the universe to match Genesis.”
When their work was publicized, published, and verified in the scientific community, Robert Jastrow, an agnostic astronomer, stated that no other explanation has been discovered for such radiation besides the Big Bang Theory. He went on to say that this discovery had put to death any notion of hanging on to the Steady State Theory which claims that the universe was steady, static, and always existed. According to Jastrow, no one can genuinely hold onto such a theory anymore.
Great galaxy seeds
Since valid, reliable scientific theories tend to spur future scientific discoveries, scientists grabbed hold of the proof of radiation afterglow and theorized that there would have to be very fine variations in the temperature of the radiation afterglow that would make it possible for galaxies to be formed. It was necessary to get these temperature measurements using a satellite, so in 1989 the COBE (COsmic Background Explorer) was launched and randomly measured temperatures in the radiation afterglow as it orbited the Earth. In 1992, the measurements were completed and it was found that the temperature variations, or great galaxy seeds, really did exist and temperatures varied 1 part in 100,000 in the afterglow.
George Smoot, a professor at UC Berkeley, led the scientific expedition and was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2006 for this discovery. Smoot went on to say, “There is no doubt that a parallel exists between the big bang as an event and the Christian notion of creation from nothing.”
Source: Frank Turek, I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist, NRB Broadcast, Monday, March 1, 2010, 8:00-9:00 pm, Eastern Standard Time.
Personal note on the Big Bang Theory: The theory coveries a wide range of hypotheses, such as the universe being millions of years old, to which I don’t agree. I DO agree with the part of the theory that acknowledges the sudden appearance of the cosmos from nothing.
–posted by Harry A. Gaylord–