Atheist scientists in Canada are claiming that Inflation Theory, which attempts to explain the cosmological expansion after the Big Bang, also means that God did not create the universe from nothing. Professor Mir Faizal, who has worked on the Large Hardron Collider at CERN in Switzerland, even goes so far as to claim that the universe could still be considered to be nothing. This claim has been met with skepticism by some Christians on social media, who call it "bad philosophy" at work, and in the past other scientists have criticized atheist scientists who have made similar assertions.
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The creation of the universe and the truth behind the event have obvious implications for many topics, from physics to religion. A team of three scientists at the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Waterloo believes virtual particles and Inflation Theory play an important part in the beginning of the universe.
"Virtual particles contain a very small amount of energy and exist for a very small amount of time," said professor Mir Faizal, according to Express. "However, what was difficult to explain was how did such a small amount of energy give rise to a big universe like ours?"
#inflationtheory pic.twitter.com/GJ4ULVkCT3The team combined virtual particles with Inflation Theory to suggest that the energies emitted by the minuscule particles can be dramatically magnified.
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"To get a universe the size of our universe from such small amount of energy, a theory called inflation is used," he explains. "According to inflation the small amount of energy created from nothing underwent a rapid expansion, resulting in the formation of the universe as we see it today."
Based upon this premise, and since virtual particles can wink in and out of detectable existence in a vacuum, Mir argues that the question "how did the universe come from nothing?" is wrong to ask in the first place since he believes the universe could be considered nothing. The reason for this belief is because Inflation Theory has the total positive energy from matter being negated by gravity, so the sum total energy in the universe is zero, or nothing.
"Something did not come from nothing," says Mir. "The universe still is nothing, it's just more elegantly ordered nothing."
The scientists also combined Inflation Theory with other theories like doubly special relativity and the theoretical minimum length scale. Their ideas have been published in the Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics (JCAP).
God, Science, And The Creation Of The UniverseThis is where the science ends and the debate begins. Dr. Mir was bluntly asked if their theory removed the necessity for God. In response, he provided an assertion which only atheist groups will find satisfying.
"If by God you mean a supernatural super man who breaks his own laws then yes he's done for, you just don't need him," Mir claims. "But if you mean God as a great mathematician, then yes!"
Philosophers may object to this particular assertion. Theology was once called the queen of the sciences, and modern philosophers have called out atheist scientists in the past for claiming that the universe can arise from nothing by itself. Other scientists also take a dim view when New Atheists like physicist Lawrence Krauss writes books with titles like "A Universe From Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing."
For example, Amir Axcel, a mathematical physicist at Boston University, criticized Krauss in his book "Why Science Does Not Disprove God" for conflating the "nothing" of religion and philosophy to the "empty space" being analyzed by scientists.
"Lawrence Krauss has misused the idea of 'empty space' to argue that the universe itself came out of sheer 'emptiness.' But we know that the space in which pairs of particles can form is never empty, it is not a 'nothing'—it always contains energy, and it always becomes permeated by lines of force representing fields (electromagnetic, gravitational, and other); and it is the energy supplied by these fields that leads to the creation of pairs of particles. The creation of such particles is therefore never 'out of nothing'—it is out of a preexisting space that is filled with energy. That space, that energy, and the fields that permeate it all have to come from somewhere. But there are many problems even here that have not been addressed by this theory."What do you think about the assertions made by the atheist scientists about Inflation Theory, God, and the creation of the universe?
The ad hoc Inflation Theory was invented to explain the Flatness Problem, and the Horizon Problem. See http://t.co/eBZGS98Euq.
— FinalTheories (@finaltheories) October 16, 2015
To generate the ad hoc Inflation Theory an ad hoc Vacuum Energy was proposed. There is still no one who knows where the energy comes from!
— FinalTheories (@finaltheories) October 16, 2015
Not proof yet. Just first time that inflation theory born in the 1980's combined with doubly special relativity 1/2 https://t.co/v0ZZAW33QT[Image via YouTube]
— Michel Grenier (@MichelMig0123) October 16, 2015