By Tom Quiner
Is God a mathematician? Or is God … Love?
Michio Kaku, a renown string theory physicist, leans toward a mathematician. But he knows the universe is too symmetrical, too orderly, too “beautiful” to have just happened without some sort of Intelligent Designer. Watch his eloquent discussion on the subject above.
It’s interesting. Certain scientists tend to be atheists. Dr. Peter Kreeft explains:
“There are relatively few atheists among neurologists and brain surgeons and among astrophysicists, but many among psychologists, sociologists, and historians. The reason seems obvious: the first study divine design, the second study human undesign.”
Physicists like Albert Einstein and Mr. Kaku recognize that it seems mathematically impossible that such an elegant design came into being by happenstance, but they have a tougher time believing an Intelligent Designer is personal and intervenes in the the physical world.
Mr. Kaku characterizes the mind of god as impersonal “cosmic music, the music of strings resonating through 11 dimensions of hyper space.”
The late Christopher Hitchens was a leading evangelical atheist who loved to debate believers on God’s existence. He admitted shortly before his death that the most impressive evidence of a Creator is the remarkable, seemingly intelligent design of the universe. Physics and mathematics make a compelling case for Intelligent Design as theoretical physicist, Paul Davies explains:
“Scientists are slowly waking up to an inconvenient truth – the universe looks suspiciously like a fix. The issue concerns the very laws of nature themselves. For 40 years, physicists and cosmologists have been quietly collecting examples of all too convenient “coincidences” and special features in the underlying laws of the universe that seem to be necessary in order for life, and hence conscious beings, to exist. Change any one of them and the consequences would be lethal. Fred Hoyle, the distinguished cosmologist, once said it was as if “a super-intellect has monkeyed with physics”.
To see the problem, imagine playing God with the cosmos. Before you is a designer machine that lets you tinker with the basics of physics. Twiddle this knob and you make all electrons a bit lighter, twiddle that one and you make gravity a bit stronger, and so on. It happens that you need to set thirtysomething knobs to fully describe the world about us. The crucial point is that some of those metaphorical knobs must be tuned very precisely, or the universe would be sterile.
Example: neutrons are just a tad heavier than protons. If it were the other way around, atoms couldn’t exist, because all the protons in the universe would have decayed into neutrons shortly after the big bang. No protons, then no atomic nucleuses and no atoms. No atoms, no chemistry, no life. Like Baby Bear’s porridge in the story of Goldilocks, the universe seems to be just right for life.”
Scientists, like the rest of us, need two more disciplines to help us understand that God is far more than an Intelligent Designer. We need theology and philosophy to understand that God, through His Son, Jesus Christ, is a personal God.
He can, and does, intervene in this physical world in profound, inexplicable ways.
He is far more than a deity who is good with numbers. He is more than the essence of love. In fact, He is Love.