Is everything in our world just some kind of computer program? A recent article claims that Dr. Rich Terrile, the director of the Center for Evolutionary Computation and Automated Design at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, believes “that our reality is an elaborate hologram created by an alien race.” Dr. Terrile reportedly said, “We can all be the creation of a cosmic computer programmer as opposed to a God.”
According to reports, Dr. Terrile has been sharing these views—which are not grounded in any kind of scientific observations—since at least 2010. Now this is interesting because, as we reported in 2010 in Answers magazine, in 2009 David Coppedge, a computer systems specialist who also worked at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, was demoted for sharing science-based Intelligent Design DVDs with his colleagues. Apparently he was being disruptive for supposedly promoting religion. He was later fired from NASA.
So NASA tolerates a top-level scientist espousing the very unscientific idea that aliens (for which there is not a scrap of observational evidence) have created an elaborate hologram, of which we are part. But they have no use for someone who believes the incredible—and observable!—design we see throughout creation points toward a Designer?
This shows that the battle is not about the evidence. It’s a worldview battle—God’s Word vs. naturalism …
This shows that the battle is not about the evidence. It’s a worldview battle—God’s Word vs. naturalism (or in this case, an arbitrary supernatural superbeing is somehow ok), which is often treated as if it’s the only acceptable religion for scientists. Men don’t reject the Creator because of a lack of evidence. The evidence is all around us so much so that men “are without excuse” (Romans 1:20), yet some will still devise another elusive and indifferent off-world being to give credit to. They reject the revealed Creator because of the darkness of their hearts (John 3:19).
People are willing to believe anything—as long as it’s not what God’s Word teaches, because if there’s a Creator we are accountable to him and cannot live however we choose. That’s ultimately what it boils down to.
For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things. (Romans 1:20–23)
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This item was written with the assistance of AiG’s research team.