|Physical Infinities: a Substitute for God?|
|Source: Science & Christian Belief, Oct2006, Vol. 18 Issue 2, p133-150, 18p|
|Paper - Abstract|
It has been argued at various times that our universe may be infinitely old, infinitely large, or one of an infinite set of universes. In such ways the physically infinite has sometimes been seen as a substitute for God or a means to avoid thinking about God. In particular, this may refer to the causational1 aspects of the universe, the presence of laws of nature, and to intelligent design arguments. This article presents a survey and a critique of these ideas. That they do provide a plausible replacement for God is highly questionable: either the ideas themselves lack a firm basis, or else faith is able to accommodate them.
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