Imagine the following conversation 200 years ago on a farm in rural Iowa. A little boy says, “Grandpa, where did the world come from?” His pensive grandfather responds, “Oh, it just popped into existence out of nothing.” Difficult to imagine such a convo taking place? Yup! Nonsense? Yup! But fast forward two hundred years, and throw in some academic sounding jargon like quantum gravity and quantum fluctuations and, presto! You have a modern cosmology sophisticated enough to merit tenure at any Ivy League school. Enter Lawrence Krauss.

Lawrence Krauss is an American theoretical physicist and cosmologist, former Professor of the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University, and director of its Origins Project. He has a PhD from MIT. In his 2012 book A Universe From Nothing, Krauss claims that it is a fact that “in quantum gravity, universes can, and indeed always will, spontaneously appear from nothing.” Krauss then attempts to redefine the concept of nothing. He tells us that nothing is actually something. Nothing, it turns out, is actually more complicated than we imagined. It’s not really nothing. Confused? Hang on!

Krauss rivals Bill Clinton in his ability to torture language. He tells us that “we now know that (nothing) is a boiling, bubbling brew of virtual particles that are popping in and out of existence at every moment.” Seriously!? That sounds like something, not nothing. By definition nothing is…well…just that, nothing! Ontological nonexistence. Ontological emptiness. So, what is Krauss peddling? It’s hard to read this kind of thing with a straight face. When atheistic scientists thunder out dogmatic nonsense about the origin of the universe, they’re just being silly. Really silly—and really foolish. Even Julie Andrews, in The Sound of Music, knows better than that (as she sings in the famous movie, “Nothing comes from nothing, nothing ever could…”).

Krauss tips his hand at the end of his book, and gives us the real agenda behind his writing. He says bluntly, “But what I can claim definitively is that I wouldn’t want to live in a universe with a God.” In other words, atheism is a crutch for those who are not able to deal with reality. It is a man-made system for those who are not able to deal with a cosmic Authority, and need an emotional exit ramp from life. If there is a transcendent, holy God, then Krauss is accountable to a higher authority. Since this is unthinkable to an atheist, they fabricate a man-made theory that there is no God. If this seems harsh, consider the words of Psalm 14:1, “The fool has said in his heart, there is no God.”

Bottom line: When someone with a PhD offers up this kind of intellectual nonsense, many sit up and think he is speaking with eloquent brilliance. Let’s just be clear…he’s not! There are many highly qualified PhDs who would gladly confront Krauss’ narrow-minded, diminutive cognitive permutations. The bottom line is that Lawrence Krauss is a brilliant physicist who is, unfortunately, using his intellect to mock the very God who created him. Krauss is staring into the face of God’s intricate world of design and proclaiming, “not designed!” That doesn’t make his words true. No wonder Paul wrote in his letter to the Romans, “Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools” (1:22).