So this morning I watched another Ted talk and it was interesting as always. This talk purported to give:
a complete history of the universe, from the Big Bang to the Internet, in a riveting 18 minutes. This is “Big History”: an enlightening, wide-angle look at complexity, life and humanity, set against our slim share of the cosmic timeline.
To be honest I was somewhat skeptical when I read the preview. As I mention in the About the Author page of this blog I am a believer in the Bible and my world view is shaped based on the Bible. I recognize in most academic realms this is viewed as the minority position so in listening to a talk that was going to deal with origins I was prepared for there to be a fundamental difference.
Yet, as I watched this video – I was shocked – surprised – for the first two minutes. David Christian described how the normal pattern of things is that generally things move from complex to simplistic (read: Second Law of Thermodynamics) – and so when we see the complexity around us we are forced to ask “how did it happen?” At this point he threw out the normal pattern of observable history and put his faith in “Goldilocks conditions” – not too hot, not too cold, but just right – and this was his explanation for how we got here. Millions and millions – billions and billions – trillion and trillion of “Goldilocks conditions” are the explanation for how the world came to be.
Now I am in means a scientist. I don’t claim to be one in the least or really even pretend to have a firm grasp on the more intricate details that would be shared if this talk were more than 17 minutes. What I would like to point out is that there are questions that require an element of faith. It may be faith in God. It may be faith in “Goldilocks conditions.” It may be faith in nothing. Even for the most rational there are question marks that have not been filled in.
My final thought on this matter is this: what is the object in which your faith has been placed? Is it reliable? Is it trustworthy? The test is not one of sincerity of faith – but the object of faith. This is nowhere more clearly seen than in questions of origins.
For a quick video that looks at the issue from the other side check out this short from Answers in Genesis: Click Here
They also have many more resources to explore: Start Here