I refer to Ian McDonald’s last Sunday column on Faith and Science.
I replied to Ian a long time ago after a similar article that Field = Order. This may be why he still insists on placing the answer in the realms of supposition that “the simple, ultimate answer to the scientists is: Who do you think thought up the equations in the first place?”
When the physicists describe gravitational and quantum fields, it means they discovered an order, which orders the matter and energy in the universe that we experience. So we have now the existence of at least 3 things to explain: the field-orders, the matter-energies, and the cause.
Ian evidently knows neither physics nor the Bible, so he chooses to believe physicists who don’t know the Bible that quantum tunneling is the cause. This physicist, who knows the Bible, chooses to believe God is the cause.
Those physicists jolly well ought to know that quantum tunneling is governed by the laws of probability and statistics, which the mathematicians happily use without a thought as to where those laws came from. In order to get more out of the vanishingly negligible amount from the tunneling, the particles have to be removed and keep being removed. And guess who arranges that. Yes, the physicist or electronic engineer in person, not the particles following their laws.
The quantum tunneling that we experience requires pre-existent matter. It has never been observed to tunnel out of nowhere, much less explosively with any sort of bang. Hard working physicists may feel the need to popularize their work and often indulge in speculations to appeal to peoples’ favoured notions, one of which is unbelief in God, Ian’s pet notion.
But he need not remain in the silences he composed. Matters like these are studied 5.30 pm every Saturday at a Church he knows.