We first mentioned Hugh Ross almost ten years ago, in Hugh Ross: Creationist Oddity. Creationists sometimes cite him as an authority, so his name pops up around here from time to time — see, e.g.: General Relativity Is Proof of God. According to Wikipedia:
Ross obtained his Ph.D. in Astronomy from the University of Toronto and his B.Sc. degree in physics from the University of British Columbia. He established his own ministry in 1986, called Reasons to Believe that promotes progressive and day-age forms of old Earth creationism. Ross accepts the scientific consensus on the Big Bang theory, the age of the earth and the scientific age of the universe, however he rejects unguided evolution and abiogenesis as explanations for the history and origin of life.
There’s an article about Ross today in the Christian Post, which describes itself as “the nation’s most comprehensive Christian news website.” We don’t see any comments section. Their headline is Who Created God? Christian Astrophysicist Hugh Ross Answers. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
Astrophysicist Hugh Ross of the Christian apologetics group Reasons to Believe has recently tackled the question of who or what created God. At a lecture given last week at Regent University [a bible college founded by Pat Robertson] titled “Does Science Prove God’s Glory?” [link omitted] Ross talked about the evidence for the Christian God as seen in recent scientific evidence.
Ooooooooooooh! Scientific evidence for God! Then they say:
“God has given us two books, the book of scripture and the book of nature,” stated Ross in reference to a concept developed by theologians in the Middle Ages. “In the 21st century we’re seeing, daily, that scientific discoveries are giving us more evidence for the Christian faith. [Wow!] New evidences from the book of nature shows us that we can trust the book of scripture.”
We’re not told what that evidence is. Instead, they change the subject to this:
During his speech, Ross explained that when he presents his scientific evidence for the existence of God, “the most common question” he gets in response is “Who created God?” “It’s not just scientists that ask that question. I get that question from little children. If God created the Universe, who created God?” said Ross. “As a matter of fact, both of my sons, before they reached 4 years of age, asked me that question.”
It’s a good question, so let’s learn the answer. The Christian Post continues:
Ross said that he explained to those who ask the question that there existed “these space-time theorems that tell us there’s actually more than one dimension of time. [Gasp!] Time is that dimension in which cause and effect phenomena occur. And we have these theorems that tell us that we have the universe come into existence before time exists,” noted Ross. “Which implies for the creator of the universe, that creator must have access to at least the equivalent of two independent dimensions of time.”
Are you following this, dear reader? No? Don’t worry — no one else is either, at least not yet. Let’s read on:
By noting that God can exist on a different timeline, Ross explained that this means “that God would have no beginning, no ending, and would be uncreated. And of all the world’s holy books, only the Bible says that about God. That He has no beginning, no ending, and is uncreated,” claimed Ross. “The Bible also stands alone in saying that God can arbitrarily expand time and compress time. ‘A day of the Lord is like a thousand years.’ ‘A thousand years is like a day.’ ‘A thousand years is like three hours in the night.'”
All clear now? Okay. The article goes on a bit longer, but that’s all there is from Ross so this is where we’ll quit. Now you know the scientific answer — according to Ross — to the question of who created God.
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