Quantum Fluctuation as an Escape for Atheists, or Not.


Bishop's Encyclopedia of Religion, Society and Philosophy

Atkins Peter Atkins

The beginning of the physical universe via the Big Bang has always been a thorn in the flesh for atheists. And as a result atheists have come up with many alternatives to explain it away because, as atheist scientist Hawking once remarked, that “Many people do not like the idea that time has a beginning, probably because it smacks of divine intervention.”

One attempt to explain how we got a universe from nothing comes from atheist Peter Atkins who argues that regardless of the universe’s overwhelming immensity and diversity, it is “an elaborate and engaging rearrangement of nothing” (1). Atkins then espouses the quantum fluctuation hypothesis within which “space-time generates its own dust in the process of its own self-assembly” (2).

However, in New Scientist David Darling critiques this idea; he writes: “What is a big deal – the biggest of them all – is how you get something from nothing. Don’t let…

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