Man says equation proves God exists

Dr. Frank Tipler believes he has an equation that proves God exists.
Dr. Frank Tipler believes he has an equation that proves God exists.
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Updated: 5/17/2010 11:33 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The discussion of religion and faith resonates across the world, often centering around one question---does God exist?

The believer --

"I absolutely believe that God exists. Not just believe, like when John was asked, do you believe there is a God. I know there is a God," one local minister says.

The Atheist --

"There's a lack of evidence. We can believe all we want. But, we can never know.," says Earl Coggins.

And the man who claims he has the answer --

"We have a simple very straight forward proof of the existence of God," says Dr. Frank Tipler.

Tipler is a Mathematics professor at Tulane University. He says he's made a divine discovery.

"It is not possible to divorce theology from science without throwing out Christianity," added Tipler.

According to Tipler, that proof can be determined by the laws of physics and quantum mechanics.

"These equations combined with this one tell us there has to be more than one universe," says Tipler.
Earl Coggins says even with the equation, there is still a "lack of evidence".
Earl Coggins says even with the equation, there is still a "lack of evidence".
He's come up with an equation. It's not understandable to most. But Tipler concludes the initial conditions of our universe and what made it happen is not due to chance. He uses a diagram of the universe to make his point and when dozens of numbers and mathematical symbols add up across the board, Tipler says it equals God.

"The singularity is outside of space a time is the ultimate uncaused of everything. therefore the initial singularity is God. Christianity has a way to say that this quote in time, is at this point God, the father will be all and all, the whole universe is moving into God."

But not everyone is seeing the light. We invited a group of Atheist to watch Tipler's presentation.

"I see his intelligence, but the empirical evidence is just not there. I'm not going to fill in the blank like Tipler did saying the answer is God," says Coggins.

"You kind of need to see the end result. If we don't actually see God..what does all the proof and ideas mean," added Sean Luei.

Tipler was once and atheist himself and knows how hard it is to believe. But says after he found the numbers and the scriptures connected so perfectly..it was a match made in heaven and he converted.

"My younger self 40 years ago would be astounded to find his name on that book, but I have been forced to do these conclusions by the mathematical consequences of the laws of physics," says Tipler.
Other math experts are praising Tiplers findings..

Dr. Paul Simony is the head of the Physics Department at J.U. Although he says personally, he has questions about some of the research, there is nothing blasphemous about Tipler's theory and it all makes sense.

"Everything in here is correct and his interpretation of the equation is correct. But some people may find if you have numbers and this equation, it raises the question of faith. But the diagraph even represents, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit," says Tipler.

Many church leaders aren't surprised about Tipler's discovery. But they say equation or not, the true answer is found right here, because they believe through faith, God lives within us.

"I don't think you have proof. You have evidence. You will not have proof in fact. The bible clearly says without faith it is impossible to please God. Then it goes on to say that faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things you can't see. God will not allow himself to be proved, because then you won't need faith," says Newman.

And as long as the church bells continue to ring, they'll always be questions about faith.

While some believe God is no mystery, it's up to you to judge that for yourself.
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tadpole256 - 5/25/2010 10:31 PM
Any person who would pose such a ridiculous proposition as this should be removed from his teaching position and stripped of his Ph.D and teaching credentials. The idea that reincarnation can be supported by physics or that a mathematical theory can prove the existence of a deity is patently absurd. This man should be removed from the University and should go seek employment propagating myths as a Priest or a Pastor somewhere with the other loons...

tadpole256 - 5/25/2010 10:28 PM
Any man who could pose such a ridiculous proposition should not only be removed from his teaching position, but should be stripped of his Ph.D and teaching credentials. Let him go be a Priest or a Pastor with the other whackos.

JamesRedford - 5/20/2010 6:32 AM
tjd8591, Prof. Frank J. Tipler's Omega Point Theory has been published in a number of prestigious peer-reviewed physics journals, such as Reports on Progress in Physics, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (one of the world's leading astrophysics journals), Physics Letters, the International Journal of Theoretical Physics, etc. Even NASA itself has peer-reviewed his Omega Point Theory and found it correct according to the known laws of physics (see NASA Breakthrough Propulsion Physics Workshop Proceedings, January 1999, pp. 111-119). Out of 50 articles, Tipler's 2005 Reports in Progress in Physics paper--which presents the Feynman-Weinberg quantum gravity/Standard Model Theory of Everything--was selected as one of 12 for the "Highlights of 2005" accolade as "the very best articles published in Reports on Progress in Physics in 2005 [Vol. 68]. Articles were selected by the Editorial Board for their outstanding reviews of the field. They all received the highest praise from our international referees and a high number of downloads from the journal Website." (See Richard Palmer, Publisher, "Highlights of 2005," Rep. Prog. Phys. website.) Rep. Prog. Phys. is the leading journal of the Institute of Physics, Britain's main professional body for physicists. Further, Rep. Prog. Phys. has a higher impact factor (according to Journal Citation Reports) than Physical Review Letters, which is the most prestigious American physics journal (one, incidently, which Prof. Tipler has been published in more than once). A journal's impact factor reflects the importance the science community places in that journal in the sense of actually citing its papers in their own papers. Tipler is Professor of Physics and Mathematics (joint appointment) at Tulane University. His Ph.D. is in the field of global general relativity (the same rarefied field that Profs. Roger Penrose and Stephen Hawking developed), and he is also an expert in particle physics and computer science.

tjd8591 - 5/19/2010 7:15 PM
I seriously hope that the people of this city are intelligent enough to realize that if someone had actually proven god's existence, as a first cause, let alone that Christianity has it right, that it would be headline news all over the world. Not to mention that the book is three years old and from what I have researched has little to no credibility on the scientific plain. It disappoints me that people who simply don't have the answer keep claiming that they do. It disappoints me even further that this man is a teacher, and that the professor at JU took his hypothesis under serious consideration. If you want to believe, then believe. If you don't want to believe, then don't. But don't disgrace the name of science or math by trying to make the evidence fit a presupposed conclusion.

davids123 - 5/19/2010 2:34 PM
What about the problem of infinate regress (the problem of biology, not physics). If God is our father, then , by implication God must have had a mother and a father, and so must his many ancestors. Where did they come from? David R. Simon, PhD/Postdoctoral Fellow

lfmundy2002 - 5/18/2010 4:44 PM
"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. That's proof there. God is not in any equation; He Spirit indwells and lives in all that have professed Jesus as their Lord and Savior! Those 10 words prove that God lives!

GaryG - 5/18/2010 4:39 PM
Again millions upon million of people troughout the world of all different faiths pray each and every day for peace and yet this loving, caring God does nothing. Justify it any way you want, personally I don't think he is listening anymore.

sunnyone - 5/18/2010 3:50 PM
In response to GaryG: A loving parent will often let their child experience pain/challenges/trials rather than spoil them and protect them from all experiences in order to either help their beloved child grow and evolve or to discipline them, therefore once again, helping them to grow and evolve. It is no different with our Father, our Creator, who loves us. If He did not allow free will, what kind of love would that be? It is not God who creates the hate and evil, that is man's doing. It is God who helps those who reply on him through it.

GaryG - 5/18/2010 2:27 PM
Ok all of you faithfull beleivers out there. If God does exist as an all powerful, all knowing, omnpotent being, why does he allow so much hate and evil to exist in this world with so many of you all praying on a daily basis for peace and cicility in the world. Either he is not listening, doesn't care, or has become just plain apethetic.

South of Jax - 5/18/2010 12:25 PM
Controversial new book? Huh? It came out in 2007 and as one reviewer at the time said, "The reader must beware falling into the black hole of gibberish." Why review a book that is #337,720 on Amazon.com's sales ranking three years after publication? That isn't news.
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