Part I, Section 1: Why physicists still haven't come up with a theory of everything (and here I'll quote my cousin Maurice, who has said it already, and much better than I can):
Stephen Hawking’s The Grand Design is a fascinating book, and I somewhat enjoyed the movie, The Theory of Everything. It was fun to see Hawking, Thorne, and Penrose in the same room at the same time. I would have appreciated having a little more cosmology in the movie.But as brilliant as Hawking is, I was disappointed to see his failed reasoning toward the end in The Grand Design discounting the existence of a God:“It is reasonable to ask who or what created the universe, but if the answer is God, then the question has merely been deflected to that of who created God.” Yes, of course. But then Hawking says, “How can a whole universe be created from nothing? That is why there must be a law like gravity. . . . Because there is a law like gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing . . . .”Which, of course, raises the obvious observation: “It is reasonable to ask who or what created the universe, but if the answer is
Godthe law of gravity, then the question has merely been deflected to that of who created Godthe law of gravity.”As for the question, “How can a whole universe be created from nothing?”, Mormons don’t believe in creation ex nihilo. We fall into neither the creationist nor the atheist camp. Their fight is not ours.Sadly, if there is a “theory of everything,” all the mathematics and cosmology in this world will never produce that equation.Which brings me to what is one of my most favorite passages in all of scripture: “[M]an doth not comprehend all the things which the Lord can comprehend.” (italics mine) In other words, not even a Stephen Hawking can write the table of contents of the things God knows.