- Apr 20, 2005
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- Mesquite, Texas
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MrFungus420 said:A very good question. One that is probably occupying the time and efforts of hundreds, if not thousands, of scientists.
We don't have a complete explanation yet, but it is improving. Just because we do not have an absolutely complete picture of what happened, does not support the idea that some god did it. It just means that it is something that we do not yet know.
You've probably heard it before, but this is just the "god of the gaps". Anytime our knowledge of something comes up against a wall, that is when it is ascribed to a god. When we didn't know what caused lightning, a god did it. When we didn't know what caused diseases, it was God's will. Floods, draughts, volcanoes, earthquakes and any other natural disaster happened because we displeased the gods.
Does the Universe have a beginning, or is it perpetual? Is eternity possible or does time have a beginning, an end?
Is space endless? Is time endless?
At some point was there ever an existence of nothing, an inexistence of everything?
I think these are the questions we would have to nail down.
It seems to me that at some point, there would have to be some sort of force that defies our perceptions of "possible" or "impossible" and speaks into the darkness, if you will.
That is St. Aquinas' argument. That the comet moving in the sky was moved by something, that was created by something that was created by something... And at some point the Cause of the Effect, had no Cause. Something that is always. Aquinas' argument was based on observation. Everything we see in this world begins and ends. People are born and people are buried. Trees are planted and trees whither and die.