Im a 24 year old Christian from the UK. I Believe and do my best to follow Jesus but over the past year, ive been thinking through my faith. Ive been following this forum for a good while now. Very thankful for it. I want to bring up something from an account that popped up in my instagram feed today. Id noticed it before but i want to bring it up here as It is something that has been bugging me. The below text is in quotation marks, please advise me to delete it if it is inappropriate for here.
“Yesterday I read a book by Lawrence Krauss @lkrauss1 called “a universe from nothing: why there is something rather than nothing” and it was just a real joy to hear the scientific and philosophical reasons joined together to tackle this question.
The question of why there is something rather than nothing is both deeply scientific and philosophical… it really has very little to do with God or theology. This doesn’t stop Krauss from taking a couple paragraphs to address his debates with theologians as it was almost certainly necessary to do so (unfortunately) due our highly religious world. Just moving from a post religious mindset and to hear actual critical ideas about the science regarding this question was so refreshing.
Between Krauss and and other scientists like @seanmcarroll who have both spent time dealing with the absurdities of various God theories, it just boggles my mind how people are trapped within the “God did it” mentality. The reasoning for this God answer is found in the fringes of modern philosophy only and has to work hard at rejecting dozens of others that are more logically and scientifically sound.
If a God did create the universe, and is the first and prime mover, which would make logical sense in a pre-scientific era, then we can conclude God interacts with our physical reality. If this hypothetical God does indeed do this, then it’s actions should also be detectable. We do not see this. Instead, we can only see the point where the Big Bang happened, and there is no reason to think that is where it all begin- it’s just the furthest we can see back as that is also when time began as it’s also connected with space. What happened “before” that is literally eternity, infinite, and astrophysicists like Krauss and Carroll explain the science of how such a thing can happen.
The only difference between the universe and God is that we know the universe exists.
If God can be self-existing then so can the universe. There may very well be a God out there, but there is no real good reason to believe in one. Rather, the falsifiable evidence is telling us a much less mythical tale, though still one that’s just as beautiful and amazing.”
Can we discuss this? I feel like the foundations of my faith rest on this. This is the most vulnerable I have been about discussing this stuff. Like I said, I can delete this, if it isnt appropriate for here and I can take it to DMs if need be