Ramsey is home for a few days. I caught a lecture via Stephen Hawking on Discovery. I knew I had seen it before. I thought it was dealing with some of the fascinating things of cosmology. I ran out from my bedroom into the living room where Ramsey was watching Seinfield and told him to switch channels. I returned to bed. There I discovered it was Stephen's lecture to disprove the existence of God.
Actually, the real title of the lecture was along the lines of why quantum mechanics takes away the need for God.
In summary, the main problem, which I've alluded to previously, is what the old philosophers called the prime mover dilemma. In other words how did anything get here without an starter . . . God in other words.
The way that Stephen handled it was with the issue of time. We know that mass distorts the fabric of space and time. In the incredible density of a black hole, time is distorted to the point it eventually stops. So, Hawking's main point that just after the big bang, all of the physical universe was confined to a point of singularity, that (now get your head around this) is infinitely small and dense. Now in that setting, according to quantum mechanics, time would cease to exist. If there was no time, there could be no "before." If there is no "before" then there can't be a prime mover . . . or at least a need for one.
I think the classical physicists and philosophers from the nineteenth centuries would break out in laughter to imagine that this solves the problem of atheism. As I said before, all ways out lead to an incredible wall or dilemma . . . including Christianity. This mind game of Hawking's is an attempted elevator up that wall . . . but it doesn't work.
I had a discussion the next morning over coffee with Ramsey. The quantum answer to the prime mover problem is just the beginning. The other great problem of atheism is meaning. There can be none, unless you take the same irrational leap that the Christians take when they say they know God is there because they have a "God-shaped void" in their hearts. Nihilism is the only possible, rational conclusion to atheism. There can be no meaning. No ethics, No purpose. A dog turd has the same value as the greatest human accomplishments. Stephen has no reason to smile. But he did give me a cold night of pondering, and a little doubt, before I came to my senses.