Atheists Please Reply: Problem of Original Cause
I am not a Christian, so please do not ask me questions about the Genesis account of creation, as I do not endorse any sort of literal interpretation of it, in fact, I would guess that both the earth and the universe are as old as the latest research suggests. I have questions about the origin of the universe:
1. I think science supports me in my belief in cause and effect- nothing exists anywhere that wasn't caused to be there somehow; each rock lies on the ground because gravity set it there; each blade of grass grows where it does because the conditions are right for it to manifest. There is a reason (or a force if you prefer) behind every thing being where it is and moving the way it moves. So what is the reason or force behind the universe? Since everything else has a cause, then why would the universe not also have a cause?
2. So my understanding of the Big Bang theory is that the universe emerged all at once from an infinitely small point, and then what ensued was an incredibly long episode of swirling superheated gases which eventually coalesced into the various bits of stuff that our universe today is made up of. I know this is a painfully simplistic description and if I am wrong about anything major, please correct me. The question: Can someone explain to me how this is different from creation? There was apparantly nothing, and then, BANG ALAKAZAM, there was something! This only differs from the idea of creation in that it does not suggest a creator, which, in a way, seems to me to be a bit more illogical than theists who claim the same kind of creation but at least admit that some force must have caused it, as opposed to atheists who seem to suppose that this simply happened. Some one enlighten me.