[quote=ktm]This issue has been mentioned briefly in other threads, and I personally would be interested in hearing an atheist answer this fundamental question for me:
If God doesn’t exist, who or what created all the matter-energy in the universe? Or, where did all those atoms come from?
I am not looking for flippant or ironic comments. I want a straight answer please. Comments like “It doesn’t matter to me” are not going to cut it either. If you can’t explain something as fundamental as the existence as matter, tell me why you can’t explain it.
It takes far more faith to believe that we are here by the completely random chance combination of chemicals and minerals that somehow came together in the exact order, in the exact ratios, in the exact amounts, under the exact conditions necessary to create the spark of life.
That’s assuming that the “big bang” had just the right amount of energy to create these elements without either collapsing into itself or blowing itself into a mass of gas and miniscule particles, that the elements had the correct target energy level to exist without destroying each other, formed the correct ratio between electromagnetic and gravitational forces to permit the formation of planets and stars, with the correct ratio of electrons to protons (and other particles we have yet to discover) and so on ad infinitum.
And once life is created, we need to assume that the “big bang” also provided just the right amounts and ratios of oxygen, carbon dioxide, hydrogen, and all the other elements (again in the correct amounts and ratios) to sustain that life.
Yes. It takes a lot of faith to believe that all of that could happen strictly by random chance. I’ve seen computer models and expert theories (even some from anti-theists like Hoyle) that have rendered this chance prediction as anywhere from 1 in 10^62 (a number equivalent to all the atoms present in a trillion earths) to 1 in 10^40,000 (a number many, many times the total number of atoms in the entire universe). Some estimates have concluded that it would take 10^130 attempts just to create a single amino acid. :eek:
I don’t like those odds.
Don’t even get me started on the fossil record…