I was wondering about the different theories Atheists have about how our Universe came to be, what happened before the big bang? Or did that even happen? Obviously a theist generally believes God made everything happen, what are your thoughts?

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I believe that the Universe came to be via the Big Bang, need I explain why?
if i knew that , Id win the Nobel prize :) (least of it)
I assume the universe has always been here in one form or another. The big bang is just part of the ongoing process. As to what was before the big bang, I am not afraid to say that I don't know. I won't make something up to conceal my ignorance, unlike religious people, who will come up with any old story to make themselves feel better.

Just as a side issue. Saying that 'a god made everything happen' is just magical misdirection. It doesn't answer anything. Where did that god come from? Who created that god? And who created the creator etc.

I hope this helps.

Time is (among other things) a mechanism for measuring CHANGE. Before the Big Bang, there was NOTHING, neither a process to observe, nor an observer (who would have his/her own processes!) to observe it. Therefore time as a concept before the BB would be meaningless.

Just takin' a shot here.
We're not just talking about time but also matter.

Is there an example of getting something from nothing? If not, then why is our default setting that there had to be a beginning? Is it a remnant from our religious past?

Why couldn't there have always been a universe, and that we are just part of an ebb and flow process?

I have watched this documentary before and read his book but see no answers there.

Thanks for the link. It's good to review.
Athiests in every society are bothered a lot on creation of universe. I am poor in scientific knowledge. I don't even understand what big bang is. Still I am an athiest. I can't understand when people say science can't explain it all. Dosen't this all varies person to person, place to place and time to time. It wasn't long when we knew nothing about virul and bacterial diseases. Today they are well known facts but in the past part of that all. Human knowledge will keep on chewing ignorance bit by bit. May be a day will come that creation of universe would be a well decided fact like cause of malaria.
For me no matter how universe was created, it wasn't the redicules way as sheep herders of thousands of years ago thought. And it is enough to be athiest
As a naturalist, I tentatively believe that nature, continuous and self-contained, is the ultimate order of being. As a determinist, I tentatively believe that history determines freedom, such that all actions/events/behaviors are determined by prior circumstances, and that past present and future coexist unalterably as locations in the fabric of spacetime. From this perspective, the question "What came before the big bang?" is meaningless.
Please explain "tentatively". Meaning "subject to future change" or "uncertain"?
Yes. My above beliefs are both uncertain and subject to change. I could be wrong about all of it. If and when better evidence becomes available, or someone persuades me that my beliefs are illogical, I will abandon them, and perhaps replace them with better tentative beliefs that hopefully are in closer accord with reality. Perhaps rather than say "tentatively believe" I should say, "strongly suspect." It's more like a working hypothesis—a placeholder worldview.
Thanks. Well put. I would be in the "strongly suspect" group. So, I would have to agree with what you said.
I don't believe anything. I think the sun will appear in the eastern horizon based on my personal observations, the observations of millions of other people, plus an understanding of how the solar system works. The same with my car, I think, not believe it will start because it is a well maintained Toyota with a good battery. Etc., etc. I believe nothing.
The same goes for evolution. I cringe when I hear "do you believe in evolution" or any variation of the same. No, I don't believe in evolution or evolutionary theory, but I THINK the theory provides the best explanation for the wide variety of life that we observe on this earth. As far as actual evolution is concerned, it is a fact that has been observed in nature. This cannot be denied. Belief has nothing to do with fact and evolution is a fact as well as a theory. Unfortunately, the individuals who could most benefit from these facts have their fingers jammed in their ears, their eyes shut and are murmurring "Is Not!", while embracing baseless belief.




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