June 5, 2013
Hi, folks. This is just a quick shout-out to say Thanks! for keeping the blog alive while I’ve been away. To answer a few questions I’ve been receiving via email:
Q: Where are you??
A: I’m around – just incredibly busy the last few months with an increased work load, leaving me virtually no free time. Things are finally beginning to let up at work and I expect to be back soon.
Q: Are you letting the blog die?
A: Not intentionally! I intend to resume posting soon when my schedule permits. That said, I’m considering replacing the blog with a forum so that others can more easily start new conversations. If I do that (and it would be a while before I can get to it), I’ll post the new forum link on this blog in a prominent place so that you can’t miss it. Also, if I do replace the blog with the forum, I’ll lock this blog for comments, but I’ll leave it published as a reference – there are some really great discussions here that I think are worth keeping online.
Thanks again to all for keeping the conversation alive!
October 2, 2011
Hey, I was a Christian for 10 years, pursuing Jesus with all my might during my devotions. The thing is, however, that I never grew in my faith. I also had some mood problems that prayer and Bible study never helped. However, since I started doing yoga and meditating, these moods are greatly reduced. I’m fascinated by this yogi philosophy and yogis are some of the most kind and compassionate people. But how do I get out of these church commitments where people need me and how do I explain to them what I’m doing? Especially when I know no one will understand?
August 3, 2011
According to the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle, there is no such thing as absolute zero energy (also called vacuum energy) in infinite space for infinite time. In fact, energy fluctuations in empty space cause virtual particles to spontaneously come into existence all the time. According to Lawrence Krauss, virtual particles account for most of the mass in the universe (see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ImvlS8PLIo&feature=relmfu)
If it is impossible for energy not to exist, then by definition energy is necessary. Therefore God is not necessary for the existence of energy.
If energy is the cause of virtual particles, then virtual particles are contingent upon virtual energy and not upon God. Virtual particles are a type of matter. Then God is not necessary for the existence of all matter. If Krauss is right, that virtual particles make up most of the mass of the universe, then God is not necessary for the existence of most of the matter in the universe.
Edward P. Tryon proposed back in 1973 that the entire universe was the result of a large-scale energy fluctuation. Work to understand how the matter we observe can come into existence from energy fluctuations is still underway. A new class of high-energy experiments will shed new light on this question now that the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is online. Rather than speculating now that all matter is contingent on energy and not on God, let’s stop here and be content to narrow God’s gap. In the mean time, we’ll continue to ask theists to justify their special pleading when they claim that “everything is contingent… except God.”
July 18, 2011
Ted Mecklenburg says:
As an atheist, what is the motivation to care about existing?