The concept of a “multiverse” may be growing popular in movies and within the academic community, but Christian apologist and author Ken Ham says the idea has no basis in science or Scripture.
“There is no ‘multiverse,’” Ham writes in a new blog.
A multiverse is a hypothetical collection of multiple universes. The idea has spread within pop culture thanks to movies such as Spider-Man: No Way Home, in which Spider-Man battles villains who accidentally were transported to Earth from other universes.
A recent article on LiveScience.com discussed the concept, asserting that if the theory behind a multiverse is correct, then there are “an infinite number of pocket universes” – and “each one would potentially support its own laws of physics and arrangements of particles.”
Ham, the founder and CEO of Answers in Genesis, noted that the concept has been “popularized in recent movies and shows.”
“This idea is based in atheistic, naturalistic beliefs about the origin of the universe, not on the eyewitness account of history God has given us in his Word,” Ham wrote.
Further, Ham wrote, “The idea of the multiverse isn’t scientific.”
Ham quoted an article from Danny R. Faulkner, an astronomer at Answers in Genesis who holds a Ph.D. in astronomy.
A multiverse, Faulkner wrote, jettisons the concept of a Creator.
“If there is only one universe, and it appears designed, then that again leads to the conclusion that there must be a Creator,” Faulkner wrote. “However, if our universe is just one of an infinite number of universes, then we are back to playing the odds. The probability that our universe happened by chance is vanishingly small, but if there are an infinite number of universes, then the probability that at least a few universes conducive to life, as is our universe, is more likely.
“… There is no science in any of this. Instead, belief in the multiverse is a desperate attempt to avoid the implications of design even when design is staring us in the face. Arguments for the multiverse often are couched in pseudoscientific terms to make it sound scientific . . . but, again, there is no science here. Rather, it is at best a philosophical argument.”
Faulkner said he finds it “amazing” that “otherwise rational people” believe in a multiverse.
“This is the sort of thing that the Apostle Paul wrote about in Romans 1:21,” Faulkner added. “Once men reject God, then their foolish hearts allow them to engage in all sorts of futile speculations to give them reason for that rejection.”
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Michael Foust has covered the intersection of faith and news for 20 years. His stories have appeared in Baptist Press, Christianity Today, The Christian Post, the Leaf-Chronicle, the Toronto Star and the Knoxville News-Sentinel.