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Explaining the Cosmos (02:56)


Human beings ponder their own existence, representing a conscious universe. Ancients viewed the world as a snow globe, assuming God responsible for creation and maintenance. During the middle ages, the sun was determined the universe's center; scientists have since developed formation theories absent of deity involvement.

Cosmic Code (04:40)

Scientists have discovered an unseen order governing the universe; Laura Danly explains that everything is determined by fundamental constants; she discusses the precise conditions required for the Big Bang. Alex Filippenko describes the formation of celestial bodies by exact irregularities of matter distribution. Physicists argue that finely tuned designs do not prove the intervention of a divine creator.

Multiple Universe Theory (03:03)

Filippenko explains the multiple universe theory; see beer mug illustration. In a multiverse, the Earth's exact design is produced by the law of statistics. Father Robert Spitzer asserts that there is no evidence supporting the postulation.

String Theory (07:15)

String Theory endeavors to unify all branches of physics; Filippenko describes how vibration modes of energy strands correspond to fundamental particles. Paul Davies concludes that the strings vibrate in all dimensions; physicists venture to detect and locate them, hypothesizing a bulk universe. Danly illustrates dimensional mechanics with a television screen; Spitzer argues that God transcends the eleven dimension reality predicted by the theory.

Atomic Time Travel (06:58)

Scientists constructed accelerators to find matter capable of moving into higher dimensions; they now theorize it could reveal conception of the universe. Clifford Johnson explains how particle collisions momentarily create early universe conditions; see racetrack demonstration. Scientists discuss that physical laws explain all observations made of the impacts; Spitzer argues that the laws cannot explain everything.

Quantum Theory (07:53)

Davies describes mathematics as a tool for exploring the universe; Stephen Hawking found no proof that a god was required for its creation, asserting spontaneous formation. Filippenko discusses the formation of particles from nothing; Spitzer argues that if the universe was a void, a transcendent entity gave it physicality. Danly explains the No Boundary Proposal, contending that the universe came from a single point; physicists submit that the singularity is actually a dome formed where time and space dimensions curved together.

Borde Guth Vilenkin Theorem (02:03)

The Borde Guth Vilenkin theorem states that an expanding universe must have a beginning; Spitzer discusses its implication of a creator.

Extraterrestrial Makers (04:41)

Some physicists hypothesize that advanced aliens created the universe; scientists and theologians discuss potential insights of other beings on our origins. Others question whether foreign races represent a creator; Davies asserts that humans may someday design universes by utilizing the laws of physics.

Divine Order (02:23)

Filippenko asserts that without a way to test a hypothesis, it cannot be scientifically proven. Spitzer describes the hubris of man by comparing scientists to cartoon characters disproving their illustrator. Johnson discusses the limits and development of human understanding God is the why, vs the how. (Credits)

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God and the Universe

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Since the dawn of civilization, humans have wondered who or what created the universe. Religion offers a spiritual answer, but do the latest discoveries in physics show evidence of a transcendent intelligence?

Length: 45 minutes

Item#: BVL160948

Copyright date: ©2011

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