A brief article appeared in the Wall Street Journal this weekend entitled: Voyager Heads for the Stars: The tiny spacecraft now heading into the Milky Way and beyond could easily outlast the future of humanity here on Earth. The author (Lawrence Krauss of the Origins Project at ASU) notes that the Voyager crafts are leaving our solar system and headed to distant systems — all good enough. Quite an achievement of human ingenuity actually. But the writer ends with a note of gratitude that some day, long after the earth has been consumed by the sun (some five billion years from now so he says), some other race may find these metallic fossils and decode the various greetings, maps, and music, “perhaps giving the impression that we know we were lucky to exist for a brief time on this cosmic speck, instead of suffering under the solipsistic notion that we somehow reigned supreme in a universe created for us.”
How sad! Especially at a time of year when we prepare to celebrate the incarnation of the Creator, how sad to read such nihilistic naturalism.
So I ventured a response to the WSJ. Here it is:
To the Editors: RE: “Voyager Heads for the Stars” (12/10-11/11, p. A-13)
In an otherwise informative and even inspiring article, I find it rather sad that Mr. Krauss closed by so patronizingly dismissing 3000 years of Western cultural belief as so much solipsistic obscurantism. But if, as he implies, we come from nothing and are destined for nothing more than utter oblivion, then the concept that we are lucky to be living on this cosmic speck is an idea which has both feet firmly planted in the nothingness of outer space.
Most respectfully, Michael S. Beates
Of course, one could say much more, but the art of the letter is brevity. As sophisticated as one’s language may become — Mr. Krauss is publishing a new book entitled A Universe from Nothing — when the premise rests upon nothing, then it is only so much nonsensical noise. I agree with the sages through history who have rightly said that if there was ever a time when there was nothing, then there would still be nothing. For anything to exist, Something must have the power of being in itself. When God disclosed Himself as “I AM” He was saying “I Am the One who causes all things to be.” And Paul echoed this idea in Colossians when he said, “For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together” (Col. 1:16-17).
At this Advent season, I refuse to listen to those with nothing to say. Rather, I will hear the One who says, “Be still and know that I am God”!
Advent blessings to you all!