The Church of the Touring Creator

by Lance C

Tags: Religion,

Desc: Essay Story: Several years ago, I was having a discussion with my daughter about the way religions got started. I told her that I could invent a religion and that, unlike every other religion, it wouldn't be falsifiable. She told me I was crazy. It took me about half an hour to come up with this.

Roughly 13.8 billion years ago, this Universe was created by the Touring Creator. He (and I use the term only for convenience) was bored and wanted a new hobby. He thought that creating a new Universe and letting it develop without interference might be interesting. He set up his Creation so as to produce certain physical laws that would be conductive to life. This resulted in the values we see for all the transcendental numbers (e, Pi, etc.) and the mass ratios and charges of all the subatomic particles. An important result of his decisions is the fact that liquid water is clear. Just imagine how life would have developed if water was the color of ink.

But I digress.

The TC watched as the first stars formed, went through their life cycles and died. New generations of stars lived and died, creating heavier elements. Eventually, life developed on billions of worlds. The TC spends his time Touring his Universe, looking at all the cool stuff his Creation has spawned. All the different astronomical configurations and interactions must be very interesting. The different life forms, their development and their adaptations to their environments must be fascinating.

Some questions come to mind:

Can the TC travel faster than light?

Does it really matter? After all, he has all the time he needs. There’s no hurry.

Or maybe there is. There’s a lot to see and very little of it is out there between galaxies. Let’s assume he can travel instantaneously.

On average, how much time does he spend observing each solar system, each planet, each life form?

This is important only because there are billions of galaxies. The latest observations from the Hubble Space Telescope indicate that there may be over a trillion galaxies. Each of them contains many billions of stars. The total may be well over 50,000,000,000,000,000 stars. We can’t know how common planets are or how many of them have life. Let’s say he spends, on the average, one month observing each solar system. He’s had time to observe about 180 billion solar systems so far, a tiny fraction of 1% of the total.

Has he ever been to Earth?

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