PHYSICS and the Origin of the Universe

Dr. Michael Strauss recently gave a lecture on the "Origin and Design of the Universe" at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Click on his photo to view the lecture.

Dr. Michael Strauss

Associate Professor of Physics
University of Oklahoma


Over the past fifty years, theories of eternal and oscillating universes have fallen into disrepute. Current scientific evidence for the origin of the Cosmos strongly infers a moment of creation. Furthermore, the fine tuning of the physical constants necessary to support life lend credence to the idea that mind existed before matter. Scientific cosmologies appear in many respects to be returning to their theistic roots.


"For the scientist who has lived by faith in the power of reason, the story ends like a bad dream. He has scaled the mountains of ignorance; he is about to conquer the highest peak; as he pulls himself over the final rock, he is greeted by a band of theologians who have been sitting there for centuries."

Robert Jastrow
God and the Astronomers


Paul Davies has moved from promoting atheism to conceding that "the laws [of physics] ... seem themselves to be the product of exceedingly ingenious design." (Superforce, p. 243) He further testifies, "[There is for me powerful evidence that there is something going on behind it all ... it seems as though somebody has fine-tuned nature's numbers to make the Universe ... The impression of design is overwhelming." (The Cosmic Blueprint, p. 203)

Paul Davies
The Cosmic Blueprint




Has the universe always existed or did it have a beginning?

Given the Second Law of Thermodynamics, even if a Multiverse of 10^500 universes existed why must it have had a moment of Creation in the finite past?

What is Materialism or Naturalism or Physicalism?

Who put the material in Materialism?

How finely tuned must the physical constants be in order to have a life-sustaining universe?

Is it more reasonable to believe that absolutely everything arose from absolutely nothing with absolutely no plan and absolutely no pupose or that the rationality of the universe was the result of a rational Creator?




Dr. Walter Bradley

Professor Emeritus of Engineering
Texas &M University

Dr. Robert Newman

Ph.D. Astrophysics
Author and Lecturer

Dr. H. "Fritz" Schaefer, III

Professor of Chemistry
University of Georgia

Dr. Michael Strauss

Associate Professor of Physics
University of Oklahoma


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