This fascinating tale is in the Christian Times. It’s titled Tulane Professor Sets Out To Mathematically Prove God’s Existence. Now that’s our kind of story! Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
A college professor and former atheist has reportedly announced that he is trying to prove God is behind earth’s Big Bang Theory.
We didn’t know the Earth had a Big Bang theory, but one should always keep an open mind. We’re told:
Tulane physics professor Frank Tipler has reportedly made it his mission to find a connection between the scientific beginnings of the world and God’s creation. “There is a God out there that created everything that is,” the professor of the New Orleans-area college told WWL-TV recently.
Wikipedia has a writeup on him: Frank J. Tipler, which says that he “is a mathematical physicist and cosmologist, holding a joint appointment in the Departments of Mathematics and Physics at Tulane University.” Then they say:
Tipler has authored books and papers on the Omega Point, which he claims is a mechanism for the resurrection of the dead. Some have argued that it is pseudoscience.
Pseudoscience — why would anyone think that? Wikipedia also says:
He is also known for his theories on the Tipler cylinder time machine. Tipler was a fellow of the International Society for Complexity, Information, and Design, a society advocating intelligent design.
An unusual fellow! Wikipedia also has an entry for the Tipler cylinder, if you want to learn about his time machine. Here’s his faculty page at Tulane: Frank Tipler, Ph.D. M’god — he teaches a course in Omega Point theory. Let’s return to the Christian Times:
The professor went on to say that he believes God is the Big Bang Theory, adding that after many years of research, “I realized that the laws of physics gave me no choice but to be a Christian.” Tipler added that although people have described him as crazy or wrong, he still believes that when scientists are talking about the Big Bang Theory, they are really talking about God.
There’s not much else to the story. How could there be? But here’s one more excerpt:
Tipler’s dedication to scientifically proving God’s existence comes after Pope Francis said in late October that evolution and the Big Bang Theory are real and are in line with the existence of God, going against the argument employed by many scientists that say the scientific theories are mutually exclusive to the existence of God.
There’s a lot that we could say, but we won’t. It wouldn’t be appropriate because we haven’t read any of his work. We doubt that we ever will, so we’ll just leave Tipler where he seems to be — on the farthest edge of the fringe.
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