This is from the website of the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) — the granddaddy of all creationist outfits — the fountainhead of young-earth creationist wisdom. Their article is The Greatest Story Ever Told?, written by Jake Hebert.
This is ICR’s bio page on Jake. They say he received his Ph.D. in 2011 from the University of Texas and then — the same year! — he “joined ICR in 2011 as a research associate and is currently researching the post-Flood Ice Age, the dating methods used to assign ages to the seafloor sediments and deep ice cores, and cosmology, among other research endeavors.”
Jake’s entire working career has been at ICR. Here are some excerpts from his post, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
A recent American Physical Society newsletter contained an excerpt from physicist Lawrence Krauss’ new book The Greatest Story Ever Told — So Far. In it, Krauss states that for most people there are two great questions: Why is there a universe at all? and Why are we here? He notes that his earlier book A Universe from Nothing (AUFN) addressed the first question and his latest book deals with the second.
Lawrence Krauss is real, so here are the Amazon listings for his two books: The Greatest Story Ever Told–So Far: Why Are We Here? and A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather than Nothing. Okay, back to Jake. He says:
But a careful reading shows that AUFN [A Universe from Nothing] didn’t actually answer the question of why the universe exists. Rather, it’s a blustery Big Bang apologetic with some snide remarks about theologians and creationists thrown into the mix. The notion advanced in AUFN that the laws of physics alone could create our universe is sheer nonsense. The laws of physics are simply mathematical descriptions of how matter and energy behave. A description cannot do anything at all, let alone create a universe!
Jake knows how the universe was created, and that’s why he knows Krauss is a fool! He tells us:
Krauss claims there is no reason for our existence, that we are merely cosmic accidents. He is quick to suggest that those who believe the universe was created do so not because of overwhelming evidence for design in nature but because such a belief is comforting. Well, that argument can cut both ways. Perhaps Krauss rejects supernatural creation because it’s comforting for him to think that he will not have to one day give an account to his Creator.
Yes, that explains it. Jake continues:
But the issue here is not the value of the universe per se, although it’s hard to see how even the universe itself could have any real value in Krauss’ worldview. The issue is our worth and value as humans. Do we have any value if we are just cosmic accidents?
Good question! What follows looks like a quote from Krauss, but note the ellipsis. This could be an example of quote-mining:
According to Krauss himself, no: “We’re just a bit of pollution … .We’re completely irrelevant.”
Well, it’s undoubtedly true that the universe doesn’t care about us — or anything else. But we care, and that’s what’s important. Jake doesn’t agree. He seems to be horrified that the universe doesn’t care. He says:
And other secularists have discussed the meaninglessness of existence within an evolutionary worldview. Is it any wonder that after reading the writings of Krauss’ fellow atheist Richard Dawkins, some young people have committed suicide?
Wow — young people read this stuff and then commit suicide — this is serious! But don’t worry, Jake has the solution to this problem. It’s in his last paragraph:
Fortunately, there is an antidote for this philosophy of despair. The Lord Jesus Christ is both our Creator and Redeemer. By His death and resurrection, He has conquered death and is even now preparing an eternal, glorious kingdom for those who love Him [scripture references]. Truly, His gospel really is “the greatest story ever told”!
Don’t despair, dear reader. Listen to Jake!
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