Did god press the Big Bang button?

‎"Extinguished theologians lie about the cradle of every science as the strangled snakes beside that of Hercules; and history records that whenever science and orthodoxy have been fairly opposed, the latter has been forced to retire from the lists, bleeding and crushed if not annihilated; scotched, if not slain." – Thomas Huxley

Seinfeld is a show all about nothing. A few people waiting to be seated at a Chinese restaurant, there’s a show. Cosmologists Stephen Hawkins and Laurence Krauss have been arguing for a universe all about nothing. A spontaneous quantum fluctuation, there’s your universe. The theologians, of course, disagree. The universe must have been created by a higher being beyond time and space. That is the only possible explanation. So who’s right? Perhaps neither.

Hawkins and Krauss attempt to present a plausible scenario where our universe arose from nothing. Perhaps they have set the path of which future discoveries will seal the deal on one of the greatest questions of our existence. Although not conclusive, history dictates that scientists be taken more seriously than theologians. Is there any legitimacy to theology or is it nothing more than a shell game of unjustified assumptions and lots of smoke? If someone tried hard enough they could create a 700 page argument for the existence of Humpty Dumpty. This kind of effort does absolutely nothing to advance our knowledge. How many major discoveries have come about from theology? I have no interest in desperate attempts to validate biblical creationist nonsense but do recognize that the idea of some kind of greater intelligence beyond our current perceptions and philosophies should not be dismissed entirely.

We are living inside an explosion nearly beyond comprehension. What existed before the explosion? What exists outside our universe? Will there be other cosmic births? Do we exist in a multiverse? There is much we don’t know, but we can break things down to natural and supernatural causes for the sake of the god argument.

Natural cause
Because of the natural laws of the universe such as gravity, the universe spontaneously created itself.

Supernatural cause
Some kind of greater intelligence (god or some kind of entity) pushed the Big Bang button.

The god hypothesis needs to be broken down further, but the natural cause is quite simple in this debate. Due to natural forces that have always existed, here we are. The universe was not created for us. We exist due to the result of a cosmic lotto drawing. If our solar system would have formed just a little differently, our species wouldn’t exist.

What are the possible answers to this Big Bang origins question? From the highest level, the “check one” selection looks like this.
Theory A – Natural causes
Hypothesis B – Supernatural causes

What is the definition of a supernatural cause? Many people have a narrow minded view that some kind of higher entity can only be the jealous god of Abraham. There are many other scenarios that should be considered. Why do we care if creation was due to natural causes as opposed to supernatural? What is the practical impact to our daily lives? There is only significance if there is an interactive higher intelligence. On that perspective we can expand the equation to include non-interactive god possibility.
Theory A – Natural – No significance
Hypothesis B – Non-interactive higher intelligence – No significance
Hypothesis C – Interactive higher intelligence – Significance to our daily lives.

If there is an interactive higher intelligence that does not mean it is anything described in manmade religion.
Hypothesis C1 - Interactive Supernaturalism – Beyond anything described in a current religion
Hypothesis C2 - Interactive Supernaturalism – Described in specific religious doctrine

Of course we need a little description of what the heck interactive means. Perhaps a little meddling with the gene pools? Giving a little boost so Johnny can hit a home run? Favoritism based on some kind of characteristic? For the “why do we care” purpose, interactive will be some kind of moral code that determines an afterlife.
Hypothesis C1 - Interactive Supernaturalism – Beyond any current religious explanation – some kind of moral code determines afterlife.

For an interactive god based on a religion, which one? Not all religions have a god, but do have guidance for the afterlife which is significant to our daily lives and therefore will be included in the list. Not all religions have a story of creation. “Something supernatural” will be assumed for those. Rebirth based on karma would have significance in how we live. Joining the spirit world of our ancestors also would have significant implications.
Hypothesis C2a - Interactive Supernaturalism – Look to Hinduism
Hypothesis C2b - Interactive Supernaturalism – Look to Judaism
Hypothesis C2c - Interactive Supernaturalism – Look to Confucianism
Hypothesis C2d - Interactive Supernaturalism – Look to Buddhism
Hypothesis C2e - Interactive Supernaturalism – Look to Taoism
Hypothesis C2f - Interactive Supernaturalism – Look to Jainism
Hypothesis C2g - Interactive Supernaturalism – Look to Wicca
Hypothesis C2e - Interactive Supernaturalism – Look to Protestant Christianity
Hypothesis C2f - Interactive Supernaturalism – Look to Catholicism
Hypothesis C2g - Interactive Supernaturalism – Look to Mormonism
Hypothesis C2h - Interactive Supernaturalism – Look to New Age
Hypothesis C2i - Interactive Supernaturalism – Look to Islam
Hypothesis C2j - Interactive Supernaturalism – Look to Sikhism
Hypothesis C2k - Interactive Supernaturalism – Look to Zoroastrianism
Hypothesis C2l - Interactive Supernaturalism – Look to Shintoism
Hypothesis C2m - Interactive Supernaturalism – Look to Baha’ism
Hypothesis C2n - Interactive Supernaturalism – Look to some tribal religion
Hypothesis C2o - Interactive Supernaturalism – As described in some individual’s personal beliefs
Hypothesis C2p - Interactive Supernaturalism – Described in some other belief

This list does not include the thousands of religions over the past many millenniums that are now defunct.

Did god press the Big Bang button?
Theory A – Natural explanation, no god – No significance on how we live
Hypothesis B – Non-interactive higher intelligence – No significance on how we live
Hypothesis C – Interactive higher intelligence – Possible significance to our daily lives
Hypothesis C1 - Interactive Supernaturalism – Beyond any current religious explanation – some kind of moral code determines an afterlife.
Hypothesis C2 - Interactive Supernaturalism – Rules of conduct provided in a religion determines afterlife.
Hypothesis C2a - Interactive Supernaturalism – Look to Hinduism
Hypothesis C2b - Interactive Supernaturalism – Look to Judaism
Hypothesis C2c - Interactive Supernaturalism – Look to Confucianism
Hypothesis C2d - Interactive Supernaturalism – Look to Buddhism
Hypothesis C2e - Interactive Supernaturalism – Look to Taoism
Hypothesis C2f - Interactive Supernaturalism – Look to Jainism
Hypothesis C2g - Interactive Supernaturalism – Look to Wicca
Hypothesis C2e - Interactive Supernaturalism – Look to Protestant Christianity
Hypothesis C2f - Interactive Supernaturalism – Look to Catholicism
Hypothesis C2g - Interactive Supernaturalism – Look to Mormonism
Hypothesis C2h - Interactive Supernaturalism – Look to New Age
Hypothesis C2i - Interactive Supernaturalism – Look to Islam
Hypothesis C2j - Interactive Supernaturalism – Look to Sikhism
Hypothesis C2k - Interactive Supernaturalism – Look to Zoroastrianism
Hypothesis C2l - Interactive Supernaturalism – Look to Shintoism
Hypothesis C2m - Interactive Supernaturalism – Look to Baha’ism
Hypothesis C2n - Interactive Supernaturalism – Look to some tribal religion
Hypothesis C2o - Interactive Supernaturalism – As described in some individual’s personal belief
Hypothesis C2p - Interactive Supernaturalism – As described in some other belief

Which one is correct? How many additional hypotheses are missing? For those who don’t believe in any interactive kind of deity, the only 2 rational choices are Theory A and Hypothesis B. What if the answer is C1? What if the real moral code that determines an afterlife is the rejection of religious text that is immoral? What if C2g is right and only the Mormons go to heaven?

But how did the Big Bang begin? We don’t know. The only thing we know is that it did happen, we are here right now, and this is our time. Let’s make the best of it.

“We are at the very beginning of time for the human race. It is not unreasonable that we grapple with problems. But there are tens of thousands of years in the future. Our responsibility is to do what we can, learn what we can, improve the solutions, and pass them on.” – Richard P. Feynman

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