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Einstein and the Creator

By 1916 Albert Einstein's theory of General Relativity had predicted that the universe was expanding. Why was this a big deal? Because an expanding universe meant a universe that had a beginning point. This would be obvious if the expansion of the universe had been videotaped: you could rewind the tape, and you would see the universe shrinking back in on itself to its beginning point and to nothing.  There was as of yet no evidence for an expanding universe; Einstein's theory just predicted it. But he wasn't happy about the idea! In fact, he later called it "irritating." Why? Because he knew that a beginning point meant a Beginner—a Creator. Up to this point Einstein was a believer in the Steady State theory of the universe, which held that the natural universe itself was eternal (had always existed, no one made it). And here his own theory was predicting that he was wrong. 

(In fact, the idea bothered him so much that he made what he later called "the greatest blunder of my life." He introduced a cosmological constant into his equations, which later came to be called Einstein's "fudge factor," and which was soon revealed as an algebraic error. This was how badly he wanted to avoid the idea of a beginning.) 

But then in 1927 Edwin Hubble, looking thru the 100-inch telescope at California's Mount Wilson Observatory, saw visible evidence of an expanding universe. He discovered a "red shift" in the light coming from the other galaxies. A "red shift" is what occurs in the light spectrum if the source of the light is moving away from you. It was conclusive, visible evidence of an expanding universe. 

Two years later, in 1929, Einstein made his own pilgrimage to Mount Wilson to look through Hubble's telescope—and he could no longer deny that the universe was indeed expanding, and therefore did have a beginning. From that point on he sought to understand the Beginner. He subsequently said that he wanted to "know how God created the world. I am not interested in this or that phenomenon, in the spectrum of this or that element. I want to know His thoughts, the rest are details." 

When we see the greatness of God, we want to come to know Him.

Reference: I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist, Norman L. Geisler and Frank Turek, pp. 73-74 

Get Your Own Dirt

There's a story of two scientists who, after discovering how to clone humans, challenged God: "We don't need You anymore. We can make life ourselves now." 

God said, "Ok, let's have a man ... [Read More]


The modern microscope has revealed that there's no such thing as "simple life," that even a one-celled amoeba enters the world filled with pre-programmed information. 

Charles Darwin assumed the cell, ... [Read More]

Reference: I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist, Norman L. Geisler and Frank Turek, pp. 114-116

How Many People Does It Take to Make a Pencil?

Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman, in his book Free to Choose, talks about how many people it takes to make one simple lead pencil. Just to get the wood for the pencil to the pencil factory, it tak... [Read More]

Reference: Milton and Rose Friedman, Free to Choose (Harcourt, 1980), pp. 11-13


In 2008, astronomers for the first time witnessed a supernova—the explosion of a massive star. It only lasted five minutes, but astronomers happened to be studying an older supernova in the same galaxy, a galaxy named... [Read More]

Reference: Robert S. Boyd, McClatchy Newspapers, "Scientists catch break, witness supernova birth," in The Arizona Republic, (5-22-08)

Isaac Newton

Isaac Newton wrote, "This most beautiful system of the sun, planets and comets, could only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intelligent and powerful Being."

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    Reference: Norman L. Geisler and Frank Turek, I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist (Crossway Books, 2004), p. 95