By John Sykes
Lee Strobel, author of The Case For Faith, has done an extensive presentation of “persuasive facts that point powerfully toward the existence of God and his unique Son, Jesus Christ.” He breaks them down into seven summaries. These are his first two summaries with more to come in future posts.
•The Big Bang.
William Lane Craig, co-author of Oxford University Press’ Theism, Atheism, and Big Bang Cosmology, showed that the universe and time itself had a beginning at some point in the finite past. Scientists refer to this as the Big Bang. Craig argued that whatever begins to exist has a cause, the universe began to exist, and therefore the universe has a cause—that is, a Creator who is uncaused, changeless, timeless, and immaterial. Even renowned atheist Kai Nielsen once said: “Suppose you suddenly hear a loud bang . . . and you ask me, ‘What made that bang?’ and I reply, ‘Nothing, it just happened.’ You would not accept that.” To which Craig said that if there is obviously a cause for a little bang, doesn’t it also make sense that there would be a Cause for a Big Bang?
•The fine-tuned universe.
In the past thirty-five years, scientists have been stunned to discover how life in the universe is astoundingly balanced on a razor’s edge. The Big Bang was actually a highly ordered event that required an enormous amount of information, and from the moment of inception the universe was finely tuned to an incomprehensible precision for the existence of life like ourselves. An infinitesimal difference in the rate of the universe’s initial expansion, the strength of gravity or the weak force, or dozens of other constants and quantities would have created a life-prohibiting rather than a life-sustaining universe. All of this contributes to the conclusion that there’s an Intelligent Designer behind creation.