Because of recent research in gravity waves and inflation, the theory of the multiverse moves further toward reality. While creationists are still fighting for equal time to oppose the 1859 theory of evolution, science has gone on to discover endless other aspects of reality that counter the Biblical view. I don’t know why creationists focus so exclusively on evolution when millions of other scientific discoveries are also thorns in their theological sides.
When humanity thought the Earth was the center of everything, contained within the celestial spheres, it was possible to imagine our reality being constructed by a super being, especially if you believed the whole thing was only 6,000 years old. Even then it was an extremely far out idea to buy. After the sun was moved to the center of the universe, and Earth was just the third planet, it became a lot harder to imagine a God that could create the solar system with some kind of magic spell. For a long while after that, we assumed all of reality was the Milky Way galaxy.
As reality got bigger, it got harder to imagine a single being creating it. But still, reality was manageable with just a billion stars. Then Edwin Hubble came along and showed us reality is composed of billions of galaxies. How can any theology handle a reality that big?
If we live in a multiverse, it might not be billions of universes, but an infinity of them. Or there might be another layer, so there are billions of multiverses in a megaverse. It seems science can’t find any end to large or small, nor a beginning of time. This has got to wipe out all ancient theological theories. It’s time to start over. Reality is too big for any kind of God, and we’re too small for any kind of special consideration.
Humanity needs to start over and throw out all theology and come up with a new working hypothesis about our place in reality. Instead of thinking of ourselves as the crown of creation, we need see ourselves closer to an intelligent virus that accidently came about through random evolution with no higher being watching. Seen from orbiting telescopes, humans are little smudges that have infected this planet. We’re quite deadly, killing off most of the other life forms on Earth.
We have a decision to make. Shall we take responsibility for our actions? There is no God judging us. We only judge ourselves. And it might not even be possible for our species to become fully conscious of its actions and act. We might breed ourselves out of existence. It should be pretty obvious to all by now that no God will intercede. We will not be punished if we don’t act, nor will we be rewarded if we do. We merely can choose to act. We can preserve ourselves, other species, and the planet Earth – for a while.
Nothing last forever in the multiverse.
JWH – 3/24/14
9 thoughts on “The Theological Implications of the Multiverse”
LOVE this. Shared widely. Thanks for posting!
M-E-R-R-Y C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S!!!!! 🙂 You have killed Santa…just kidding. Love the article. Well put. I remember when I “lost my faith” …that damn rational thought…I was terrified. Nothing made sense any more. I assumed that I could have sex with anything living and feel no remorse. The truth is that I have become a much more
moral person. And where do I fit in this world….it has grown so much beyond my comprehension.
I have always felt that being an atheist requires becoming ethical – if right and wrong isn’t decided for me, then the responsibility is on me. I am reminded of a Bob Dylan line, “to live outside the law, you must be honest,” from his song “Absolutely Sweet Marie.”
I got up this morning with a song in my heart, whistling and making fried eggs and coffee…… let’s see what Harris has to say morning…. now I lay in my bed curled up in a fetal position overwhelmed by my insignificance ……… Connell
Get out of that bed and go find your existential significance!
Just because you understand the Universe you are not the boss of me…… please forgive me… Connell
Okay, lay around in that bed all day and feel insignificant all you want.
All is vanity and vexation of spirit,striving after the wind(Ecclesiastes)
Ecclesiastes was always my favorite book of the Bible.