We don’t use the full names of letter-writers unless they’re politicians, preachers, or other public figures. We’ve got a preacher this time. He’s identified at the start of the letter as The Rev. Moses Garswa Matally, and at the end it says: “The Rev. Moses Garswa Matally, known as Brother G, is the founder and pastor of Church For All.” We can’t find a website for that church, but they’re on Facebook: Church For All. Excerpts from the rev’s letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
What is the Big Bang Theory? The website physics.about.com answers that question by saying, “The Big Bang is the dominant (and highly supported) theory of the origin of the universe. In essence, this theory states that the universe began from an initial point or singularity which has expanded over billions of years to form the universe as we now know it.”
Fair enough. What will the rev do with that? You’ll soon find out:
Scientists who accept the theory of evolution readily subscribe to the Big Bang Theory. What these scientists overlook is that it takes as much faith, if not more faith, to believe in the Big Bang Theory of the origin of the universe, as it takes to believe in the biblical account of an intelligent Creator of the universe.
Oh dear. We’ve seen that so many times before. The rev — or Brother G as he’s known — fails to grasp the difference between: (1) faith, which is belief in the absence of evidence; and (2) acceptance of a testable scientific theory, which is based on verifiable evidence. Ah well, let’s read on:
As a thinker, it only makes sense to ask, “If there was a Big Bang, what caused the Big Bang? What set it in motion?” Such a logical question arises from the law of cause and effect, which is recognized by physics. Where there is motion or movement, there must be a mover, and where there is original movement, there must be an original mover. Or more specifically, if the universe was launched into motion by a Big Bang, there must have, by necessity, been a Big Banger. Logic demands this cause-effect link.
Not bad. The rev is on firm ground in saying that there must have been a cause of the Big Bang. We readily admit that it isn’t known — indeed, it may never be known, as things “prior to” the Big Bang may be inherently unknowable. Nevertheless, the fact that there was a Big Bang seems undeniable. But we’ll remember the rev’s question about a cause, and when the opportunity presents itself we’ll apply it to his faith-based belief. Let’s continue with the rev’s letter:
Creationists, like myself, regard Elohim (the God of Genesis) as the Uncaused Cause, the Unmoved Mover, the Unforced Force, the Big Banger that initially set the universe on its course of expansion.
That didn’t take long. Okay, rev — if there was a Big Banger, then one must ask: What caused the Big Banger? Does the rev, who describes himself as a “thinker,” ask that question? We shall see. And by the way, Elohim can be singular or plural, which is the topic of much scholarly speculation, but we’ll ignore that and stay with the rev’s discussion:
A reasonable observation of the Creation Narrative in the first chapter of the Book of Genesis will at least suggest that the first “Big Bang” was caused by the voice of the all-powerful Creator who repeatedly spoke things into being: “Then God said…” or “And God said…” See Genesis 1:3 and the verses following.
Fine, but that just pushes the question back one step: What caused that cause? Will the rev pursue his logic any further, or will he arbitrarily abandon it at his preferred “explanation”? Let’s read some more:
In particular, the Creator’s voice set off the motion that is attributed to the Big Bang. There is a chapter in the Bible — Psalms 29 — that is devoted to the voice of Yahweh, the God of the Bible. [We’ll skip that.]
Out of the deep darkness that settled over the water-covered planet earth, the roaring thunder of God’s voice sounded from eternity through the corridors of time. Surely there must have been noises throughout the creation process as the almighty voiced His will … .
Yup — lots of noise. That’s rather amazing in the vacuum of space, but it’s in the bible. The rev has no doubts about it, because he tells us:
Certainly, there must have been lots of noises and movements and sounds as the original Big Bang — the voice of the Creator — triggered little bangs as each created thing made its debut to display its beauty on the stage of the universe. That’s the biblical Big Bang, and I am not ashamed to stake my life and eternity on that belief and thought.
Then the rev asks a powerful question:
Finally, if we can entertain faith in Charles Darwin, an imperfect human being like us, and his “Origin of Species,” why should our scientific minds rule out an equally valid faith in a Creator as the grand director guiding the expanding universe?
Aaaargh!! And then the letter reaches its climax:
Charles Darwin is one man, while the Bible, the most influential book of human history and bestseller of all time, was authored by some 40 writers from at least 10 professional backgrounds on three continents over a period of 1,600 years. Yet, this multitude of literary voices converge in their belief in God as the Intelligent Creator and sustainer of the universe, which explains the fact of design in our world and the intelligence that humans do possess and exercise.
So there you are, dear reader. You gotta admit — the rev writes a great letter!
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