Is it religion that is pulling the hood over peoples’ eyes to give us false hope and giddy comfort in a harsh reality? Or could it perhaps be the other way around?
Is atheism the true opiate of the masses? I say yes.
Even the brightest atheists have not, cannot, and will not answer the question of, why is there something rather than nothing? Ask Richard Dawkins and he will say it’s silly to even ask that question. Ask Stephen Hawking and you read that, because of a law like gravity, there is not necessarily a need for a creator in order for the universe to be created. My question for him is, where did the law of gravity come from?
What’s Catholicism’s take? A little something called contingency. Simply put, all matter comes from some other matter.
A book is made of paper, which comes from pulp, which comes from trees, which came from the seeds of other trees and the nutrients in the ground, etc. etc. Now expand it out a little. Where’d the earth come from? Well, from the supernova of the sun, which came from the energy, gasses, and other particles of the big bang… Where’d the big bang come from? Aha, here’s where we finally get to the root of our question, how do we have matter in the first place if the big bang is the beginning of the physical universe?
There will also be a part 2 to this where I take on my favorite of the New Atheists, Christopher Hitchens!
Written by: Marty Arlinghaus