Modern science has expanded our view of 'what-is'. Black holes could may well link us to other universes, and super-intelligent life forms could live there. Clusters of Universes seem to be ever expanding and contracting lung-sacs (the Big Bounce is replacing the Big Bang). Quantum theory's discovered at least 11 different dimensions: are there 2-D or 4-D worlds, heaven, hell, eternity outside linear time? The universe may be alive, and even capable of thought (Google quantum computing). If the laws of physic were different by just a little bit in our carbon & oxygen rich universe life would be impossible. We know the universe to be finite and any finite thing needs a source other than itself: so where has all this come from? What's all this machinery doing?
Switch to morality and the philosophical study of meaning. Sartre compared a human to a point on an X-Y axis. He said any point is meaningless without an infinite reference point. If there is no God pushing an elderly person in front of a bus is equal to helping them across the street: in the end it's just mass, energy, and motion. Freely-given love, the greatest possible good, would have no meaning. What if the universe exists to generate freely-given love? (If you know anyone grieving the loss of an animal's love, please ask me for my brief sci-fi story on animal heaven, quantum theory based on C.S. Lewis theory in The Great Divorce.)
If not an infinite-personal creator, from whence came this grand construction?
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