Creationist Russ Miller’s Glory of God Mathematics

Chris­tians wor­ship the tri­une God, man­i­fest­ed as the Father, Son & Holy Spir­it. Scoffers claim we’re wor­ship­ping 3 Gods (1+1+1=3) how­ev­er, the Bible says the heav­ens declare the glo­ry of God & His tri­une char­ac­ter is reflect­ed in His creation’s space, mat­ter & time. Not sur­pris­ing­ly, each of these 3 also exhibits a tri­une char­ac­ter. Space con­sists of height-width & depth. Mat­ter is sol­id-liq­uid & gas. Time is past-present & future. The cor­rect math con­firms (1) Father x (1) Son x (1) Spirit=One God & you can put your trust in His Word, word for word & cov­er to cover. 

It is no secret that Chris­tians will do what­ev­er they can to give their beliefs a ground­ing in real­i­ty. Per­haps most notable are the works of young-Earth cre­ation­ists who selec­tive­ly choose what they con­sid­er to be “good” sci­ence so that they can say sci­ence agrees with what they believe the Bible to say about reality.

But then there are some — like (coin­ci­den­tal­ly) young-Earth cre­ation­ist Russ Miller of Cre­ation, Evo­lu­tion & Sci­ence Min­istries — who think that they can lend cre­dence to their beliefs by imag­in­ing con­nec­tions between beliefs & real­i­ty, while simul­ta­ne­ous­ly demon­strat­ing how igno­rant they are of reality.

Let’s look at Mr. Miller’s homi­ly, bit by bit. 

He begins, Chris­tians wor­ship the tri­une God, man­i­fest­ed as the Father, Son & Holy Spir­it. Scoffers claim we’re wor­ship­ping 3 Gods (1+1+1=3)… While not all Chris­tians will agree that God is tri­une in nature, most will agree that God is man­i­fest­ed as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spir­it at vary­ing points in the bib­li­cal nar­ra­tive. How­ev­er, using math isn’t the way to do it — 1 (Father) + 1 (Son) + 1 (Holy Spir­it) = 1 (God)? No, that does­n’t make sense, at all.

If you want a good trini­tar­i­an metaphor, use an equi­lat­er­al tri­an­gle, a tri­an­gle where­in all of the sides are of equal length. Each side would then rep­re­sent either the Father, the Son, or the Holy Spir­it — nei­ther side would be the same as any of the oth­er sides, despite being equal in impor­tance. Each can be man­i­fest sep­a­rate­ly as the tri­an­gle is turned, and all three togeth­er play an equal part in the whole, the tri­an­gle rep­re­sent­ing God.

Mr. Miller began talk­ing about the­ol­o­gy, some­thing which arguably any­one can seem to be an expert on due to there being no way to val­i­date any claims made regard­ing the spir­i­tu­al. He con­tin­ues, how­ev­er, the Bible says the heav­ens declare the glo­ry of God & His tri­une char­ac­ter is reflect­ed in His creation’s space, mat­ter & time.

Here Mr. Miller declares that the uni­verse (“cre­ation”) is made up of three dis­tinct things:

  • space
  • mat­ter
  • time

Any­one notice what’s miss­ing? I’ll give you a hint: with­out it, Mr. Miller’s uni­verse would be extreme­ly sta­t­ic. Give up? Ener­gy. Even the Bible says, “Let there be light”!

Also, time should prob­a­bly be list­ed along with space, as space­time. While list­ing time sep­a­rate­ly isn’t nec­es­sar­i­ly prob­lem­at­ic, in many math­e­mat­i­cal and phys­i­cal mod­els of the uni­verse, time is regard­ed as a fourth dimen­sion of space.

Mov­ing for­ward, Mr. Miller explains, Not sur­pris­ing­ly, each of these 3 also exhibits a tri­une char­ac­ter. Space con­sists of height-width & depth.

No. Space­time con­sists of height, width, depth, and time. Along with poten­tial­ly sev­er­al to over a dozen more, depend­ing upon which physics mod­els ulti­mate­ly win out over time.

Mov­ing on, Mr. Miller says that Mat­ter is sol­id-liq­uid & gas. Yes, I know that’s what so many ele­men­tary school text books say (or at least mine did). Yes, I real­ize that in our day to day lives, most of us only pay atten­tion to solids, liq­uids, and gas­es. But even that list is short one promi­nent state which affects our lives every day: plas­ma. The sun up in the sky? If you were to look at it, you’d be look­ing at a whole lot of plasma.

But even that list of four is too basic to be con­sid­ered accu­rate, and while I could be accused of being too pedan­tic, should­n’t atten­tion to detail be giv­en when talk­ing about God? If he is real and is all he’s cracked up to be, then should­n’t every effort be made to only speak truth regard­ing him, rather than mis­reprsent­ing the real­i­ty which it is believes declares his glo­ry? There are, in real­i­ty, around a dozen states of mat­ter, or more if you include the sub-states.

I can’t argue with Mr. Miller’s Time is past-present & future state­ment; how­ev­er, I do know the truth about time isn’t so sim­ple, and it’s entire­ly pos­si­ble to slow one’s trav­el into the future so that you age much more slow­ly, sim­ply by accel­er­at­ing one­self to rel­a­tivis­tic speeds, speeds which approach the speed of light.

And now, we’ve reached Mr. Miller’s con­clu­sion, The cor­rect math con­firms (1) Father x (1) Son x (1) Spirit=One God & you can put your trust in His Word, word for word & cov­er to cover.

I’m not sure how it’s hap­pened, but we’re now mul­ti­ply­ing the 1s togeth­er, rather than adding, and yeah, math­e­mat­i­cal­ly speak­ing 1×1×1=1.

But the math­e­mat­ics at play in any of the above aren’t as sim­ple as what Mr. Miller wants it to be. There are units at work. For example:

1 dimen­sion of space­time (width) + 1 dimen­sion of space­time (height) + 1 dimen­sion of space­time (length) + 1 dimen­sion of space­time (time) = 4 dimen­sions of space­time = 1 spacetime

Like­wise, the bib­li­cal math might look like this:

1 per­son of the god­head (Father) + 1 per­son of the god­head (Son) + 1 per­son of the god­head (Holy Spir­it) = 3 per­sons of the god­head = 1 God

And while that arith­metic makes a lit­tle more sense, I hope you can now see that cre­ation does­n’t declare God’s glo­ry, at least not in the way that Mr. Miller would like it to.

Fea­tured image: Cour­tesy NASA/J­PL-Cal­tech

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