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When it Comes to Infinity, the Confusion of Atheists is Boundless
To casually brush off infinity belies an ignorance of reality and critical thinking on the part of fundamentalist atheists.
By Angelo Stagnaro
Atheist Myth: The universe is quite understandable without recourse to God.
Fact: Actually, nothing could be further from the truth.
This is a hoary, tiresome, atheistic retort devoid of logic and a correct understanding of mathematics or science.
When Fr. Georges Lemaître, the Belgian Catholic priest and theoretical physicist, proposed the Big Bang theory, he warned Pope Pius XII that his universe-shattering paradigm didn't prove that God existed. It's odd to think that any atheist is foolish enough to leap to the conclusion that the Big Bang Theory “proves” that God doesn't exist.
Fundamentalist atheists are far from understanding even their own tiny corner of the universe, let alone its entirety.
Atheists casually toss around the word “infinite” in describing the universe as if it meant nothing at all. But, in reality, it means everything … literally. If they stopped to think about the word, they wouldn't be so casual about it and come to a real knowledge of the concept and its relationship to the Almighty.
Think of a sum of an infinite series which diverges in the specific sense that the partial sums grows boundlessly. Forever and ever and ever and ever and ever. Ad infinitum…
It could be more easily expressed as: 10∞ (ten to the infinite power).
Which is equivalent to saying: ∞∞ (infinity to the infinite power).
Or, in other words: ∞ (infinity).
Infinity is a series without end.
Infinite means more than one can imagine. It means more than one can count. It means more than all computers that have ever existed and that will ever exist can count in tandem. It means that the perfect computer in the wildest, most incomprehensible and yet unwritten science fiction novel will never be able to come to appreciate even a fraction of the value of Infinity. (In truth, the word should be capitalized as it means more than anything that is.)
Infinity means all that there ever could be … and then some. How could any collapse of the wave function of an infinitely small primordial dot the size of, perhaps, an atom, contain all that we see around us? Not only our galaxy, which is mind-numbingly large, but all of the nearest 150 billion galaxies that our best, most sensitive telescopes can detect. Add to this, all of the other superclusters of galaxies that we cannot see in a mesmerizingly large (and yet not infinite) universe.
Anyone who has ever packed that one last sweater in an already overstuffed piece of luggage knows that redistributing mass will not affect volume. And we're talking about a great deal more than just a few sweaters. We're talking about all of the sweaters in Creation multiplied by a googolplex of other sweaters and then times another googolplex and then another and another and another until one simply stops counting sweaters from boredom. But lack of interest has no affect in the total number of sweaters one needs to pack in increasingly dense suitcase as Infinity is a never-ending number of sweaters. It is infinite.
If the universe is indeed Infinite, then God definitely exists.
Infinity isn't merely a stray butterfly here and there or even an entire galaxy. We're talking about the entire shebang. And the entire shebang, in this case, involves everything—all matter as well as all energy in an infinite and never-ending universe. The definition of God is He Who can control all matter, not just a great titanic mass of it, and all energy, not just enough to power one or two supernovae but all energy. Saying the universe is infinite is tantamount to, and synonymous with, God. This is not to suggest that God is in any way physical. Rather, my point is that only a metaphysical force, beyond physical reality, which isn't limited to physical reality, could create and control Infinity.
In this sense, if the universe is indeed infinite, then God assuredly exists, as nothing else conceivable can control all matter and all energy. If the universe was somehow “limited” in some temporal or spatial manner — such as how earlier atheistic astronomers prior to Edwin Hubble's discovery of the universe outside of our “island galaxy,” mistakenly believed — then it might be plausible to argue that the singularity that started the early universe was sufficiently dense and compact enough to contain the entire Milky Way galaxy. However, to argue that an infinite amount of matter and energy could be contained in the primordial singularity without external (read: metaphysical) assistance is ludicrous and belies a nearly insurmountable ignorance on the part of atheists as to the real meaning of “Infinity.”
What else could encompass Infinity other than the Infinite Himself? This is exactly how we define God. There is simply no materialist equivalent of what could control all matter and all energy. Nothing in the infinite Cosmos can produce let alone control Infinity.
To casually brush off Infinity belies an outrageous and disrespectful ignorance of reality and critical thinking on the part of fundamentalist atheists.
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