Does “Spontaneous Creation” Explain the Cause of the Universe?
Professor Bruce Gordon argues that it does not
NEW YORK, October 8, 2010—Dr. Bruce Gordon, associate professor of mathematics and science, published an op-ed in the "Washington Times" last week. Titled “Hawking Irrational Arguments,” the article contends that physicist Stephen Hawking may have come to erroneous conclusions in his recent book.
Gordon looks specifically at Hawking’s claims that spontaneous creation accounts for the origins of the universe, and that the explanation of a creator is no longer necessary. As Gordon writes, however, “’spontaneous creation’ minus any cause illustrates the lack of an explanation rather than scientific comprehension.”
Indeed, the mathematical explanations on which arguments such as Hawking’s rely often neglect genuine explanations. When this occurs, the laws of physics forsake “genuine explanations for amazingly accurate mathematical descriptions in which efficient material causality is nowhere to be found.”
Because quantum physics cannot explain the material cause of the world, he writes, “we find that material reality itself lacks a principle of sufficient causation: The physical universe is causally incomplete and therefore neither self-originating nor self-sustaining.“
To read the rest of Gordon’s argument, please see the "Washington Times’" website.
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