February 2012

Atheism Rationally Explained :-)

by Steve Ray on February 29, 2012

ATHEISM: The belief that there was absolutely nothing and nothing happened to nothing and then nothing magically exploded for no reason, creating everything and then a bunch of everything magically rearranged itself for no reason whatsoever into self-replicating bits of random stuff thrown together by chance which then turned into dinosaurs who crawled out of the muck. Makes perfect sense to me.

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Scientifically this is big news. In the January 2012 edition of New Scientist Magazine it was stated that scientists are now facing up to the problem of the universe having a beginning – until recently they could postulate that it was eternal and the main theories to support this were “eternal inflation” and “multiverses”.

However, as the article reports, the problem (for them) is that the equations didn’t work when tested and they are now back where they started with a creation event!

The New Scientist article is here (but you will need a log in so I have supplied the article below).

Why Physicists Can’t Avoid a Creation Event

The big bang may not have been the beginning of everything – but new calculations suggest we still need a cosmic starter gun. You could call them the worst birthday presents ever. At the meeting of minds convened last week to honour Stephen Hawking’s 70th birthday- loftily titled “State of the Universe” – two bold proposals posed serious threats to our existing understanding of the cosmos. One shows that a problematic object called a naked singularity is a lot more likely to exist than previously assumed (see “Naked black-hole hearts live in the fifth dimension“). The other suggests that the universe is not eternal, resurrecting the thorny question of how to kick-start the cosmos without the hand of a supernatural creator.

While many of us may be OK with the idea of the big bang simply starting everything, physicists, including Hawking, tend to shy away from cosmic genesis. “A point of creation would be a place where science broke down. One would have to appeal to religion and the hand of God,” Hawking told the meeting, at the University of Cambridge, in a pre-recorded speech.

For a while it looked like it might be possible to dodge this problem, by relying on models such as an eternally inflating or cyclic universe, both of which seemed to continue infinitely in the past as well as the future. Perhaps surprisingly, these were also both compatible with the big bang, the idea that the universe most likely burst forth from an extremely dense, hot state about 13.7 billion years ago.However, as  cosmologist Alexander Vilenkinof Tufts University in Boston explained last week, that hope has been gradually fading and may now be dead. He showed that all these theories still demand a beginning. His first target was eternal inflation.

Proposed by Alan Guthof the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1981, inflation says that in the few slivers of a second after the big bang, the universe doubled in size thousands of times before settling into the calmer expansion we see today. This helped to explain why parts of the universe so distant that they could never have communicated with each other look the same. Eternal inflation is essentially an expansion of Guth’s idea, and says that the universe grows at this breakneck pace forever, by constantly giving birth to smaller “bubble” universes within an ever-expanding multiverse, each of which goes through its own initial period of inflation.

Crucially, some versions of eternal inflation applied to time as well as space, with the bubbles forming both backward. But in 2003, a team including Vilenkin and Guth considered what eternal inflation would mean for the Hubble constant, which describes mathematically the expansion of the universe. They found that the equations didn’t work “You can’t construct a space-time with this property,” says Vilenkin. It turns out that the constant has a lower limit that prevents inflation in both time directions. “It can’t possibly be eternal in the past,” says Vilenkin.”There must be some kind of boundary.”

Steve Ray here: I have always said that when scientists finally get back to the final, final beginning and break through the last mystery to the first cause, they will peer around the last corner and be surprised to see God smiling at them saying, “Yes it is Me. I created everything from nothing and made you in My image!”

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“Life is about the Journey, not the Destination!” Huh?!

February 24, 2012

“Life is all about the Journey, not the Destination!” (paraphrase of a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson.) I saw this sign at the airport today. Imagine! In an airport of all places! What stupidity! Grab a passenger arriving at the airport to catch a flight and shout, “Hey, take any flight you want sir, it [...]

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From Largest to Smallest in the Universe and Back; How Big is God?

February 24, 2012

How important are we in the big picture? What is the biggest thing in the universe and if you delve down, what it the smallest? This is a well-done sliding, interactive “video” show that you control. Click on each item along the way for further information. Force yourself out of your little world and see [...]

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Questions I Answered on Catholic Answers Live: “Living & Loving Lent”

February 23, 2012

To listen to the archived show, click here. For other listening options and info, click here. 1. Why do you have a skull on your desk and what do you mean it talks to you? 2. What is the liturgical norm as to who can distribute ashes? Only priests and deacons? 3. How did Lent [...]

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Are Those Girls Real?

February 23, 2012

Our daughters (and wives) are bombarded with unrealistic expectations about how they should look! They should be glamorous, sexy, beautiful, thin in all the right places and bulging in others. They should be tall, blond . . . . . . make sure your wives and daughters watch these excellent videos. By the way, us [...]

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Upcoming Pilgrimages

February 22, 2012
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Wednesday: Drew Mariani Q & A and Catholic Answers Live

February 21, 2012

Busy day tomorrow with two one-hour radio shows — both Q & A’s. First, Relevant Radio’s Drew Mariani Show for an hour of Open Line Q & A on Peter and the Papacy from 3-4 PM Eastern. This show is in honor of the Feast Day of the Chair of St. Peter. Click HERE for [...]

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Composite Candidate for President

February 19, 2012

Wish I could make a composite candidate: 1) Gingrich’s knowledge and debate skills; 2) Santorum’s faith and passion; 3) Romney’s money and organization; 4) Paul’s constitutionality and fiscal sanity (in some ways). They all have their negatives too. At this point if I were forced to choose between these fou it would probably be Santorum. [...]

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Seclusion is Paying Off!

February 18, 2012

Seclusion is paying off. I finished writing the sections for Joshua and Ruth. I now have only to write Judges and the Intro! Making good progress on this study for CSS which will also be a book published by Ignatius Press a year or two down the road. I have four other books in the [...]

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Obama, Contraception and the Early Church Fathers

February 17, 2012

Despite what some commentators and politicians think, Church teaching on abortion and contraception has remained unchanged. By FATHER MITCH PACWA SJ, 02/16/2012 (copied from National Catholic Register) The recent indignity by which the Obama administration wants to mandate everyone, including all Catholic institutions or their insurers, to pay for contraception, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs, has [...]

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Did St. Paul Pray for the Dead?

February 16, 2012

It seems apparent that St. Paul DOES pray for the dead. Here is my short article that gives a pretty clear example of St. Paul praying for a dead man, a man named Onesiphorus. This will be interesting for those who deny prayer for the dead and must find supposedly find everything explicitly in the Bible before they [...]

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Should the Legion of Christ Disappear?

February 15, 2012

I have great friends who are Legionaries, and some Consecrated as well. These are wonderful people serving God and his Church with all their being. They do great work, are loyal and ready to die for Christ. Their university in Rome is top-notch and I have taught classes there. These good folks deserve better than [...]

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Virtual 360? Tour of the Sistine Chapel

February 13, 2012

Click on the image below and hold your breath!

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I am a Recluse, Hidden Away in Confinement During February

February 12, 2012

My wife Janet has locked me away in enforced isolation and limits my email and internet to ten minutes a day :-)  I am sneaking out right now to update everyone. Actually, I agreed to write a Bible Study on Joshua, Judges & Ruth, three fascinating books in the Old Testament. They will be offered [...]

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