Thursday, January 15, 2009

Who lit the fuse to set off "The Big Bang"?

Got a couple of hours to consider the most fundamental question in the universe, who laid the zillion tons of dynamite and lit the fuse for the Big Bang? Watch the below video from CrossExamined Blog between Christian author Frank Turek and atheist author Christopher Hitchens as they debate the origin of the universe and whether God had anything to do with it.

Frank Turek writes the short version here at, including this teaser:

When I debated atheist Christopher Hitchens recently, one of the eight arguments I offered for God’s existence was the creation of this supremely fine-tuned universe out of nothing. I spoke of the five main lines of scientific evidence—denoted by the acronym SURGE—that point to the definite beginning of the space-time continuum. They are: The Second Law of Thermodynamics, the Expanding Universe, the Radiation Afterglow from the Big Bang Explosion, the Great galaxy seeds in the Radiation Afterglow, and Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity.

While I don’t have space to unpack this evidence here (see I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist), it all points to the fact that the universe began from literally nothing physical or temporal. Once there was no time, no space, and no matter and then it all banged into existence out of nothing with great precision.

Turek vs. Hitchens Debate: Does God Exist? from Andrew Ketchum on Vimeo.

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