Origin of the Universe
The German philosopher and mathematician who first conceived of both calculus and the binary numerical system is also credited with articulating the most profound question one can ask concerning existence:
Why is there something rather than nothing? 1 Gottfried Willhelm Leibniz
This question is significant since it provides the basic framework for our concept of God. The philosopher admits our existence requires a First Cause. Then the theologian identifies this Cause as God.
How did God create the universe? Did He speak it into existence out of nothing? Did He form it out of already existing matter? Did He draw resources out of Himself? Different religions embrace each position. As we look at these options, your task is to develop your personal convictions regarding the creation of the universe.