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Article 0104 - Atheism's Inflationary Universe

The Atheist's Inflationary Universe

Jon Gary Williams

Over the years atheists have wrestled with the problem of explaining how, apart from special creation, the universe came into existence. While different theories have been offered, none have solved the dilemma.

The philosophical fact of eternal existence (that there never could have been a point at which nothing existed) proves to be a barrier for the atheistic mind. Since atheists believe that physical matter is the only thing that exists, they are forced to make the illogical claim that physical matter is eternal. To where does the atheist turn?

For years the "Big Bang" theory--the idea that the universe exploded into existence--was offered as the answer. The theory solves nothing for it means there had to be a preexisting "something" to "bang," and the atheist is taken back to square one.

In attempt to sidestep the problem of the eternal existence of physical matter, atheists concluded that at some point the material universe had to have a beginning--and, as preposterous as it sounds, a beginning which included literally nothing. In 1984 the famed atheists Alan H. Guth and Paul J. Steinhardt proposed their "Inflationary Universe" model. In the Scientific American publication they wrote:

"From a historical point of view, probably the most revolutionary model is the notion that all the matter and energy in the observable universe may have emerged from almost nothing. The inflationary model of the universe provides a possible mechanism by which the observed universe could have evolved from an infinitesimal region. It is then tempting to go one step further and speculate that the entire universe evolved from literally nothing." (Scientific American, May, 1984, p.128)

Notice the ambiguous language within this "scientific" explanation for the origin of the universe:
"...the notion that..."
"...may have emerged..."
"...a possible mechanism..."
"...could have evolved..."
"...tempting to go one step further..."

With this flawed and inadequate summary, the atheist's dilemma concerning the universe's beginning is anything but solved. The Inflationary model is only a revision of the "Big Bang" theory and amounts to empty speculation of a spontaneously self-generating universe from nothing at all. Such foolishness is all that atheism has to offer.

In the February 2017 issue of Scientific American early promoters of the Inflationary Universe theory now admit their theory is scientifically invalid. In the article, Cosmic Inflation Theory Faces Challenges, the heading reads, "The latest astrophysical measurements, combined with theoretical problems, cast doubt on the long-cherished inflationary theory of the early cosmos and suggest we need new ideas."

So, atheists are still found groping for alternative ideas for their materialistic origin of the universe and, sadly, under no circumstance will they open their minds to consider the obvious existence of a self-existent, eternal Creator.