Does the physical universe depend on the existence of an intangible creator?
Topic: Does the physical universe depend on the existence of an intangible creator?
We have yet to find the answer to the question of all questions: How was the universe created and where did we come from? In this unit of metaphysics, this question will be my guide to learning more about this idea of a creator, and how this has impacted society. To answer this question, I must first unpack it by exploring some sub-questions.
Sub-question 1: What defines the physical universe?
As defined in the dictionary, the physical universe is the totality of everything that exists. This includes everything from mountains, to oceans, to space and all of it’s contents.
Sub-question 2: What or who would such a creator be, what role do they play in our world currently?
The creator I am referring to is an all-powerful being who is portrayed in different forms in every religion. There is no doubt that religion plays a huge role in the day to day lives of many, as around 84% of the world’s population has a faith, and eight in ten people identify with a religious group. A third of this percentage are Christians, however in general, there are 4,200 religions in the world-most which have a creator.
I believe that every religion is complex, however they all have something in common: They give purpose to the lives of people who follow it, and answers to questions we cannot answer. For example, in Christianity, God created the universe and every living thing inside it. Christians believe that God is the reason for their existence, as well as gives purpose to their existence. Christian values focus on love, grace, and peace, and the morals taught in the Bible teach you how to live your life. When you look at it from this perspective, religion looks ideal and worthwhile for everyone. On the other hand, because there are so many different religions and cultures, there is always bound to be conflict which has been shown by several wars being fought in the past and even currently.
Sub-question: What are the implications if there is no creator-how was our world created? How do we explain the unexplained?
Scientists have come up with many theories to explain the mystery of how the universe was created. The most popular, the Big Bang model, is based on the idea that the universe was created during a time on inflation. It expanded within the fraction of a second from a size smaller than an electron, to the size it is now. The problem with this theory is that it cannot be tested, as well as for this to have actually happened, there would’ve needed to be some kind of special energy in the universes creation which we are unaware of. Just like this theory there are several others which sound plausible, but in the end, just cannot be proven. Basically, at this moment we cannot explain the unexplained. I think this is a contributing reason as to why so many people choose to believe in a creator; the possibility of our universe expanding out of nothing to create this intricately woven design that is our world is truly astounding.
Why this topic?
The universe is so vast and perplexing. Do you ever take the time to take a step back and think about how everything works together in perfect harmony? Before I even took philosophy, these kind of questions really intrigued me. Being religious myself, I had always had one perspective on the creation of the universe. However as I grew up and learnt more, doubts always flooded my mind and confused me. I chose this topic because it is something I genuinely want to explore and study for myself. I hope I can make this process fun as well as meaningful.
Where to next?
From here, I plan to continue learning about this topic but perhaps go more into spirituality and religion.