This is an argument we’ve never seen before. We found it at the website of the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN), founded by televangelist Pat Robertson. Their headline is: How Einstein Helped Prove God is the Creator. It was written by Paul Strand, described as: “senior correspondent in CBN’s Washington bureau.” Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
Einstein figured out his famous Theory of General Relativity in the early 1900s and put out a paper on it in 1916.
Okay, but what does that have to do with creationism? Strand says:
Hugh Ross is a pastor/astronomer with the faith-and-science group Reasons to Believe. He told CBN News, “The famed British mathematical physicist Sir Arthur Eddington saw the paper and recognized that there was an opportunity with the 1919 total solar eclipse in Brazil to put the Theory of General Relativity to the test.”
Hugh Ross is an old-Earth creationist. We’ve written about him before — see Hugh Ross: Creationist Oddity. Strand interviewed him for this article, and gives us several quotes from the creationist astronomer-preacher:
“It’s that Theory of General Relativity that predicts there’s a beginning to the universe. Until Albert Einstein’s theory came along, astronomers and physicists thought the universe was infinitely old,” Ross explained. “The Theory of General Relativity now said, ‘No, it’s finite in time. It has a beginning,’ which implies there must be a Beginner who was responsible for bringing the universe into existence.”
As you’re undoubtedly aware, dear reader, that claim about “a beginning implies a Beginner” comes from Ross, not Einstein. Let’s read on:
This said to the inquisitive and searching young Hugh Ross that of all the gods of all the religions, the One True God was most likely the God of the Bible.
A brilliant conclusion! Strand says:
Many is the doubter who’d like to do away with Einstein’s famed Theory and its surrounding theorems and implications, but to no avail.
That’s a bit fuzzy. We’re given the impression that those “doubters” are probably atheists, but we’ve never seen any evidence that atheists are opposed to relativity. Strand continues with another Ross quote:
“We have about 30 of these theorems. And basically, the conclusion is we indeed are stuck with the implications of those space/time theorems,” Ross explained. “In fact, today, General Relativity ranks as the most exhaustively tested and best proven principle in all of physics.”
[*Groan*] More fuzziness. “Theorem” is a mathematical term, not to be confused with a scientific theory; and although theories can be tested and falsified, they are never literally proven.
Why is Strand so obsessed with the notion that relativity is “proven”? That becomes apparent in his final quote from Ross:
The astronomer/pastor concluded, “There’s nothing we can be more confident of than the reliability of the Theory of General Relativity. Which means that likewise we have confidence that there must be a God beyond space and time who created our universe.”
[*Sigh*] General Relativity is — so far — a successful theory, but it is not without challenges. As for the “confident” result that God created the universe, Einstein somehow never noticed it — but we’ll you decide, dear reader.
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