Creationist Wisdom #728: Bathrooms & Big Bang

Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears at the website of The Chattanoogan, an online media outlet that concentrates on news from Chattanooga, Tennessee. They don’t have a comments feature. The headline is Lessons From A New Bathroom.

Unless the letter-writer is a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name — but today we’ve got a journalist. It’s Bob Tamasy, described as “a veteran journalist, former newspaper editor and magazine editor.” We’ll give you a few excerpts from his letter, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, and some bold font for emphasis. Okay, here we go!

It’s interesting what we can glean about eternal truth from everyday life circumstances. This came to mind recently while reading a newspaper columnist’s musings about building a new bathroom in his home.

You gotta admit, dear reader, that’s a unique beginning, and it’s certainly an attention grabber. Then he says:

This fellow explained about installing a subfloor, outlets and switches that actually worked, wiring, drywall and other elements required to make his bathroom functional and attractive. He ended his column with the observation, “I know what it took to get it to the shape it’s in now.” Imagine him proudly showing the new room to visiting guests.

Here’s where the journalist gets creative. Pay close attention:

They comment, “Wow! It looks great. Who built it?” and he replies, “You know, that’s the funny thing. No one built it. My wife and I always wanted a master bathroom, and then one day, voila, there it was! It just appeared.”

They might chuckle at first, but if they thought he was serious, they would either check him for a high fever, call 911, or slowly move toward the front door. Because we all know that something doesn’t come out of nothing. For every effect, there must be a cause.

Clever, huh? It’s a down-home way to explain that everything has a cause — even something as mundane as a bathroom. Now the journalist makes the point he was aiming at:

Yet there are many strident, stubborn proponents of the so-called Big Bang Theory, which asserts that one day (before there were days, or hours, or even minutes), an extraordinary event occurred for no reason, with no purpose, all on its own – bringing something out of absolutely nothing. No only that, but this “something” has turned out to be phenomenally orderly, generally functioning in very predictable ways that can be studied by various scientific disciplines. But, they claim, there was no first cause, no intelligent design, no meaning or purpose behind any of it. It just was, and is, and supposedly, always will be.

Those proponents of “the so-called Big Bang Theory” are obviously fools! Then he tells us:

I get it: If you reject God, if you refuse to believe or accept the idea of a divine Creator, you do have to come up with some alternative explanation. So the “Big Bang” seems to do the job, even though its original premise flies directly against everything we know and have observed, even though the eyes of science.

Yes, the Big Bang theory contradicts everything scientists see and know. Pay no attention to articles like this one from PhysOrg: What is the Big Bang Theory? The journalist knows better. He explains:

Our magnificent world, not to mention the entire universe, operates in wonderful harmony and amazing order. Even though the natural course of things – according to various theories and laws of physics – if left unmanaged, is to move toward disorder. (I could offer my desk as proof; I straighten it up, and seemingly within moments, it’s already turning back into a mess.)

Another brilliant, down-home example! Like the universe, the journalist’s desk tends to get messy. It’s all in accordance with the Second law of thermodynamics. After a few more cozy examples, like restaurants, automobiles, and leaves changing color in the fall, he announces:

[T]hese serve as reminders that the orderly creation we observe is the result of the exquisite mind of the Creator God, who informs us, “’For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the LORD” [scripture reference].

And now we come to the thrilling end of the journalist’s letter:

If there was a Big Bang, and perhaps there was, it’s the one described in Genesis 1, when God spoke everything into being: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth… And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light…. God saw all that he had made, and it was very good …” [scripture reference]. If you need proof, you don’t need to look any farther than someone’s refurbished bathroom.

That was truly a unique letter. A wonderful addition to our collection.

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13 responses to “Creationist Wisdom #728: Bathrooms & Big Bang

  1. Christine Janis

    There was a great article in “Journal of Irreproducible Results” some years ago that used just this principle of an office desk. The author tidied up his office desk, noted how long it took for it to achieve a certain state of messiness again, and then scaled that up to the size of the universe to predict the expiration of the universe due to increasing entropy.

  2. “that’s a unique beginning”
    Indeed – from daily life to eternal truth is an impressive leap!

    “bringing something out of absolutely nothing”
    Veteran journalist Bob’s understanding of physics is hardly impressive though. The Big Bang hypotheses do not, I repeat, do not postulate that something came out of absolutely nothing. My favourite model includes quantum fields with all values being zero before (whatever that means) the Big Bang.

    “this “something” has turned out to be phenomenally orderly.”
    Very unsurprising – that Big Bang is actually part of that phenomenal order.

    “But, they claim, there was no first cause”
    If you philosophically stretch “cause” enough than quanum fields are the first cause.

  3. How can we get it through to these misinformed creationists: disorder does not equal entropy?

  4. Aaarrgghh: entropy hits HTML formatting.

    [*Voice from above*] I have suppressed entropy.

  5. There is only ONE group that claim something from nothing….Religious nut jobs!!!

  6. One of the earliest examples of teleology is the construction of a house. From Greek philosophy. ISTM that this is not so original.

    On the other hand, what would be the reaction of the guests if the homeowner explained where the bathroom came from: “I designed it.”

    Among the unanswered questions about who did the construction – did you do it yourself, or who did the work – where did you buy the materials, how long did it take, how much did it cost, etc. There is the question about the point of building a extra bathroom. What is lacking in his original house? That is, what is the purpose (the telos, the Greeks said)? There was something that the original house lacked that the plan for the bathroom addressed. And the plan had to take account of things like cost, the materials that are available, building codes, space available, etc. It takes intellectual work to solve the problem, to plan the construction. God would not have to plan a bathroom, he would just “say the word” and there would be a bathroom.

  7. @Tom
    That’s what the writer says:
    “No one built it. My wife and I always wanted a master bathroom, and then one day, voila, there it was! It just appeared.”
    Just like the tornado.

  8. @DavidK
    Yes, that sounds like the “intelligent design explanation”. No one built it, all it took was a design: let there be a plan for a master bathroom, and voila!

  9. Actually, Bob, disorder is increasing in the universe as it expands. Perhaps your creator (blessed be his/her/its name) is getting senile.

  10. Bob Tamasy itemises the tasks to build bathroom:

    installing a subfloor, outlets and switches that actually worked, wiring, drywall and other elements

    –and don’t forget the CCTV equipment, without which no Creationist Bathroom is complete.

  11. oops, html went adrift again 😦

    [*Voice from above*] I stretched forth my mighty hand, and lo, all is as it should be.

  12. Postulating that an imaginary entity spoke the universe into being is equivalent to saying the universe came from nothing. Bob is not contributing to his first cause argument by using an invented cause.

    Bob first needs to prove that a god exists before he can claim atheists reject that truth.

  13. They comment, “Wow! It looks great. Who built it?” and he replies, “You know, that’s the funny thing. No one built it. My wife and I always wanted a master bathroom, and then one day, voila, there it was! It just appeared.”
    They might chuckle at first, but if they thought he was serious, they would either check him for a high fever, call 911, or slowly move toward the front door. Because we all know that something doesn’t come out of nothing. For every effect, there must be a cause.

    So what was the “cause” of God?

    “Oh, but He didn’t need a cause!” creationists would say. “He is the First Cause!”

    Well, if there can be a First Cause which existed forever, why couldn’t it be the universe itself?

    To which they would reply, “Burn, witch, burn!