Philip wrote:please Audie, just answer these simple questions
Can I have a go? Audie and I have some very different views, but then again, much in common, I feel.
A) Do you believe the source of ALL previously non-existing / non-physical things was eternal?
What does this mean? Non-existing things don't need a source, surely? Are you asking if the source of all that does exist was eternal? If so, then I'd like to know what you mean by eternal. If eternal means stretching back forever in time, then I'd have to say I don't believe that, as I believe time was created at the big bang. If you mean that the source of all that exists (including time) must lie outside time, then I'd agree with that.
B) Do you believe that non-intelligent, non-living things can blindly/randomly/instantly assemble things in things of astonishing precision and design? (per Big Bang science assertions)
Well, yes, as it happens. The best I can come up with at present are Lichtenberg Figures. Beautiful. But what, exactly do you mean by living? Every third-grader knows what's alive - something respiring, reproducing, absorbing nutrients, excreting and growing. If it doesn't do that, it's not alive. Whatever is responsible for the universe, it certainly doesn't do any of that, does it? So what's your interpretation of the word 'alive'.
C) Do you believe that whatever source of the universe had the ability to make the non-physical become physical?
If you believe any of the above, your beliefs are metaphysical, yet without some identified spiritual Source.
Really? Don't you believe all of the above? So is your belief "without some identified spiritual Source"?
D) If you don't believe any of the above, WHY not?
Well, I do, as I say, so presumably this question doesn't apply to me...