The Pope once again reminded us that even though scientists might be right about the Big Bang, it was God who caused the Big Bang in the first place.
"The universe is not the result of chance, as some would want to make us believe. Contemplating it (the universe) we are invited to read something profound into it: the wisdom of the creator, the inexhaustible creativity of God."Sorry, your holiness. There's a fundamental principle in nature: Entropy. You can't make a perpetual-motion machine, and you can't create complexity from nothing. A machine that produces energy requires more energy to feed it, and a system that produces complexity also requires energy to feed it.
Here on Earth, the development of life, including our incredibly complex brains, was driven by a staggering influx of solar radation. The sun pours 1.2 gigawatts (that's a billion watts) of energy per square kilometer of Earth. When you consider that a modern iPhone or Android phone takes just a few kilowatt-hours of energy to produce, and a few watts to run, the sun is drenching Earth with a staggering amount of wasted energy. It's no wonder that a tiny amount of complexity, the stuff we call life, was able to arise out of this stunning and relentless flood of energy.
The Roman Catholic Church made a significant step forward when it embraced science and evolution. Its persecution of Galileo was an infamous and embarrassing episode. To their credit, they recanted and embraced Galileo's science, and went further to embrace all science. Well, almost all science.
Sadly, it seems the Pope missed one of the most important lessons. Yes, we're talking about good ol' entropy. The problem with the Pope's theory about the Big Bang is that it doesn't explain God. Benedict XVI would like us to believe that God was so smart he could create a universe with incredible precision, one which would tick away for thirteen billion years and then *poof* humans would appear who could submit to His will and fulfill His plan.
That seems like an incredible waste ... thirteen billion years and a staggering number of sterile planets, suns and galaxies. But even if you accept that (or decide the Pope has a bad case of innumeracy), there's a worse problem. A god who could do that would be far more complex than the universe itself. That's just basic entropy. So ... where did God Himself come from? Somewhere you've got to accept that something just is.
Why invent an impossible God when a simple universe is much more plausible?