The Secular "Science" Creation Myth

Dr. Jerry Bergman

(Investigator 206, 2022 September)

The main stereotype of the creation science controversy is creation is religion based on belief and evolution is based on science and facts. This claim is widely accepted as a false dichotomy. One of the leading Darwinists even wrote an entire book on this false dichotomy appropriately titled Darwinism as Religion.

Bill Nye 'the science guy' and best-selling author, correctly observed that:

Every civilization and tribe on Earth has a creation story, a myth that explains how we all came to be here. In the world of modern science, we have one, too. We’ve studied the cosmos carefully and come to realize that there must have been a primordial moment, an instant of time 10-24 times briefer than the blink of an eye, when the universe was concentrated into a volume far smaller than an atom. It exploded, for lack of a better word, and all that we can observe in nature, including ourselves, emerged from that Big Bang. Furthermore, it's clear that we are made from the same material as the distant stars. We are stardust, built from the same elements that were forged in the nuclear furnace of ancient supernovae.

A few lethal problems exist with this creation story. First, where did the primordial egg "smaller than an atom" come from, what caused it to explode, and how do we know that everything came from this uniform primordial egg. Lastly, how can a particle whose volume is "far smaller than an atom" produce the more than ten-trillion galaxies in the universe, each with 400 billion stars. Furthermore, the number may be far larger:

The deeper we look into the cosmos, the more galaxies we see. One 2016 study estimated that the observable universe contains two trillion—or two million million—galaxies. Some of those distant systems are similar to our own Milky Way galaxy, while others are quite different.

No one knows the exact number of galaxies (it is too large to determine by humans), but a newer estimate was made by Professor David Kornreich at Ithaca College in New York State. He used a rough estimate of 10 trillion galaxies in the universe. Multiplying that number by the Milky Way's estimated 100 billion stars results in 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 stars, or 1 septillion [1024] stars. The mass of the universe would be at least 2.0 × 1049 tons which would include 1.575 × 1058 electrons and protons in the universe. Plus, we need to add in the many other subatomic particles now known to exist.
How all of this came from a particle smaller than an atom remains unexplained, and actually is unexplainable. The greatest cosmologist of the last century, the late Cambridge University professor Stephen Hawking speculated on the details of the evolutionary origin of everything, i.e., the secular astronomy 'creation story,' in his latest book. Random forces first produced simple organic molecules by which

"somehow, some ... atoms came to be arranged in the form of molecules of DNA.... As DNA reproduced itself, there would have been random errors, many harmful, and ... a few errors would have been favorable to the survival of the species—these would have been chosen by Darwinian natural selection."
Eventually, multi-cellular organisms, which, after more millions of years, by accumulating mistakes called mutations, evolved into fish that, after millions of more years, evolved into mammals and, after a few hundred more million years, eventually evolved into humans (covered in pages 73-76).

Thus, he concludes, humans and all life are the result of chance and billions of mistakes. Since Hawking concluded that science has proven the origin of all life was by evolution, the last question left for religion was how the universe began. This question, Hawking assures us, has been answered by the Big Bang which ultimately produced the creation of everything from nothing. The first something that appeared from nothing was "smaller than a proton" (p. 34). Then, from this smaller-than-a-proton object space, visible matter, stars, and planets somehow followed. Thus, the Big Bang explains the origin of space, matter, energy, and time, all of which appeared from nothing (pp. 29-31). Hawking's book, called "stunningly brilliant," produced 8,169 glowing reviews on Amazon plus many more elsewhere.

Hawking explains, thanks to the Big Bang, "you can get a whole universe for free" because "the fantastically enormous universe of space and energy can materialize out of nothing" (pp. 31-32). Thus, Hawking writes, "the universe itself, in all its mind-boggling vastness and complexity, could simply have popped into existence ... [and] we do not need a God to set it up so that the Big Bang could bang" (p. 34). Hawking rejected theism because, he concluded, God is not needed to explain the existence of either the universe or life.
Most people are aware of the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim belief that God, who exists outside of time, created the Earth and all life on it. The courts have consistently ruled that this worldview cannot be taught in government schools because it is religious. Because only the secular worldview can be taught, refutations to this secular 'creation story' cannot be offered by the instructor. Ideally, at least it should be brought out that the first law of thermodynamics, also called the law of conservation of energy (i.e., energy can be neither created nor destroyed under natural circumstances), is violated by Hawking's theory. However much energy there was at the start of the universe, there will be the same amount at the end.

It also should be mentioned that Darwinism is here defined as the progression from non-living molecules to living cells, then to bacteria-like life-forms, advancing next to fish, amphibians, reptiles, mammals, primates, and, lastly, to humans. The mechanism that produces this wonder is natural selection acting on the accumulation of mutations which are claimed to produce most all of the original genetic variety.
In short, Darwinism teaches that we are the product of billions of damage events to the genome called genetic mutations (consistent with the second law of thermodynamics, the so-called 'law of entropy' that predicts increasing disorder,) in which natural selection preserves the most-fit and allows the less-fit to perish. These damage events are caused by toxins, including dangerous radiation such as X-rays, gamma rays, cosmic rays, and mutagenic chemicals, plus biological mutations such as copying errors. So, the big question is, How does a Big Bang (in violation of the first law of thermodynamics) generate increasingly complex life by means of a process (that violates the second law of thermodynamics) using genetic mutations (that do obey the second law of thermodynamics)? The fact is science has refuted the secular creation story, leaving the alternative as the only viable possibility of creation.