In a 2012 editorial, "The Genesis Problem," New Scientist editors admit that physicists have been fighting a rearguard action against the Big Bang theory for decades, largely because they believe it has theological overtones. After all, if you have an instant of creation, don't you need a creator?
Over the years, anti-God cosmologists have tried several different anti-creation models of the universe such as spontaneously-generated multiverse conceptions that dodge the need for a beginning yet still require a big bang though minimized as a mirage. Yet none can account for life, mind, and information and recent research has shot them full of holes.
It now seems certain that the universe did have a beginning said Denyse O'Leary in her essay, "In Search of a Road to Reality." As for the new anti-theistic cosmologies, they have been failures that only shed light,
"... on the sheer power of the human imagination. Whatever they were supposed to explain has been rendered by their own rules unexplainable. What follows?" (O'Leary, Evolution News and Views, Jan. 13, 2014)
The "rearguard action" that physicists have been fighting is a continuation of the rebellion that broke out during the Renaissance against the supernatural personal God whose living Word created all things ex nihilo. At that time certain theologians and intellectuals had eagerly embraced a myriad of ancient pagan occult sciences (especially the evolutionary 'sciences' of Hermetic magic, Kabbalah and Buddhism) flowing into Christendom during that time.
From then till now, "scientifically enlightened" Westerners have been traveling a broad, smooth highway---ever seeking, never finding--in desperate search of alternative 'theories of everything,' meaning neo-pagan evolutionary cosmologies bespeaking the mechanical emergence, emanation, unfolding, or evolution of everything from an impersonal one substance. This way of thinking (systems thinking) has given rise to "modern" scientific ideas that mind, information and the 'paranormal' are products of matter (i.e., chemicals, genes) and pagan conceptions such as Marx's dialectical materialism (self-empowered, divine, thinking-matter), quantum particle theories (similar to Marx's thinking matter), multiverse theories, Big Bang speculations; Quantum Void, wave and fluctuation theories similar to Brahmanism's Void and prakriti matter, and much else.
Most people do not realize the pagan and occult implications of the modern 'scientific' theories and cosmologies that have captured the minds of the Western and American 'elite' class who control academia, media, many book publishers, the music industry, Hollywood, politics, economics, science and even many seminaries.
For example, though modern physicists hate and fear the Big Bang they really need not as the seedbed of Big Bang speculations are ancient global cosmic events described by Eastern Advaitans and Greek nature sages as Cosmic Eggs. One Hindu belief was that Brahman (the Void or Universe of matter) spontaneously generated itself as something like a seed or singularity about 4.3 billion years ago and then evolved under its’ own power by which it expanded and formed all that exists:
“These Hindus believed in an eternal Universe that had cycles of rebirth, destruction and dormancy, known as ‘kalpas’, rather like oscillating big bang theories. We also read in the Hindu Bhagavad Gita that the god Krishna says, ‘I am the source from which all creatures evolve.” (Evolution: An Ancient Pagan Idea, Paul James Griffith, creation.com)
In this way of thinking, the entire universe, all spirit, life, and even all of the gods, human beings, and everything else, came about by a process of emanation (or unfolding, emergence or evolution) from an energy field called Brahman, the Kabbalah's Ein Sof, the Gnostic Abraxas, World Soul, Chaos, or the Abyss.
Just as waves form across the surface of the ocean, so the Void forms upon itself successive waves (emanations) of particles (particle theory) that in turn emanate further entities and so on, with all of these entities interacting within an extraordinary network or great chain of being consisting of downward-descending self-contained planes of existence, a top-down hierarchy of astral plane realities (multiverse theory) arranged vertically.
Each higher plane of existence emanates the one below it through a mechanical process thus each plane stands in the position of god to the one below. Therefore creation is not creation ex nihilo, as the Genesis account teaches, but mechanical emanation out of the Void.
In India, the Void and the doctrine of evolution/reincarnation/karma was thoroughly established from ancient times. It was expounded first in the Upanishads (c. 1000 BC - AD 4), the philosophical-mystical texts held to be the essence of the Vedas.
The "science" and "psychology" behind the idea that mind and information evolve from chemicals (Darwinism, evolutionary biology) can be found in the yogic science of Ayurveda and Hatha Yoga which outlines in both modern and ancient texts the glandular and neurological basis of Enlightenment.
Along with other neo-pagan evolutionists, Royal Astronomer Lord Martin Rees champions multiverse conceptions in the hope that in at least one or more of them living beings created themselves from primordial matter who are far more advanced than our own life-forms.
Rees believes that if this is the case, then super-intelligent extraterrestrials might be capable of simulating in their brains or in a super-computer the complex history of our universe, meaning the universe we inhabit is a simulation lacking real substance and existing only as a mental construction in the minds of highly evolved aliens who seeded our world with life and travel through time in order to control man's evolutionary progress. (Scientific Mythologies, James A. Herrick, p. 216)
The idea that the universe we inhabit exists only as a mental construction is very similar to Hinduism's Brahman. Brahman is the Great Cosmic Spirit – the impersonal, non-living Ultimate One Substance, the energy field called the Void, the impersonal Mind, or Essence of material phenomena (God-particles, dialectical matter, bosons, fermions, and/or prakriti matter), meaning that the universe exists only as a mental construction in the mind of Brahman: brahma satyam jagan mithya, or "Brahman is real, the world is unreal." (swamij.com/mahavakyas)
Rees proposal is also similar to the hypothesis presented by Olaf Stapledon, a scientist who has always kept one foot firmly planted in neo-Gnostic pagan science fiction accounts and imagines our universe to be an artifact of the impersonal one-substance known as the Star Maker.
Building off of Stapledon's fantasy Carl Sagan suggests that we are "star folk" made of "star stuff." (Herrick, pp. 216-217)
Replace Star Maker with Brahman and "star stuff" with prakriti matter and sarvam khalvidam brahma, or "All is truly Brahman" (swamij.com) and we have ayam atma brahmam: "The Self is Brahman." (Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 4.4.5)
In other words, the human Self is God. This is the sin of Satan as well as of the pre-flood generation in the time of Noah.
In the caption of his book, "Just Six Numbers," Rees reveals the ancient occult Hermetic basis of his propositions:
"The ouraboros. There are links between the microworld of particles, nuclei and atoms and the cosmos." (Rees M., Just Six Numbers, P. 9)
Framed in the world-famous magical formula of Hermes: "as above, so below."
As a powerful occult symbol, the Ouroboros means the seething power, creative and/or evolutionary impulse or energy of the serpent figuratively depicted as either a serpent or dragon eating its own tail. The serpent's body is often depicted as the One Substance/Void within which is the Great Chain of Being, Cosmic Tree of Life, or with Darwin, the Tree of Life.
The occult Tree of Life with its' multiple dimensions and life-giving energy systems represents the Mind of the impersonal god-substance (Brahman). It not only powers the evolving and/or unfolding universe but reaches into the psyche, (meaning that serpent-powered psychic energy is the source of mind), stirring imagination, bringing psychic powers and even awakening pre-human memories of when the scientifically "enlightened occult elite" (the modern Western and American "elites") were fish:
"Remember when you were a fish...." suggested Jean Houston, the prophet of the possible, in a workshop to awaken ancient pre-human memories. Nearly a thousand evolved life-forms (people) dropped to the floor and began moving their 'fins' as if to propel themselves through water. "Notice your perception as you roll like a fish. How does your world look, feel, sound, smell, taste?" Then you crawled up on land said Houston, so now you must, "Allow yourself to fully remember being a reptile....Then some of you flew. Others climbed trees." A zoo of beastly sounds erupted from the herd of pre-human birds, reptiles and apes. (America: The Sorcerer's New Apprentice, Hunt and McMahon, p. 218)
From the time of the ancients serpent power (energy, emanation, evolution) has been important to religious and mythological symbolism all around the world. Within the Egyptian mysteries, serpent power was associated with,
"...the elemental forces that were in play before the creation of the world." (Carl Teichrib, Gods of Ancient Egypt, p. 182)
What are elemental forces? They are elemental spirits, but according to the serpent, they are self-powered natural laws, fates, furies, evolving prakiti matter, dialectical matter, bosons, fermions, particles, and whatever else they need be to delude mankind.
Westerners had received the Truth the Way and the Life but turned away in unrighteousness in favor of modern "science magic" and naturalism. From the Renaissance to our own time, the rebellion against the living, personal God of creation has come full circle from Greek Atomist monism to occult New Age, Eastern Hindu and Buddhist Advaita.
The essence of Monism---whether of the Atomistic kind or the Eastern pantheist/Quantum Void kind, is nihilism, meaning there is Nothing There. There is No Ultimate Source for life, soul, information, law, meaning, purpose, truth, and morality.
At its' deepest level, modern scientism in its many permutations reveals the abomination of desolation--the grinning face of the devil---the father of nothingness, deception, delusion, lies and death.