Regarding the origins of the universe
Regarding the origins of the universe: an attempt to tie together a number of disparate threads
Creationism boils down to this: old-man white-beard Jehovah making mud sculptures on the banks of the Euphrates a ridiculously short length of time ago. Mud sculptures, god-breath, life!
It's a picture not without its charms, but it's utterly human. Far too human, in my opinion. God is not one of us.
In the beginning, this story goes, was matter. Mindless, soulless, will-less, static, matter. Then, it
decided to got it in its head to for no apparent reason randomly exploded into things.
From this, supposedly, came form, then order, then life, and finally consciousness, awareness, thought. Since when has outcome preceded intent?
It's attractive, though. Our maintained existence from one moment to the next depends only the laws of physics continuing as they are. Even if god forgets us, we won't vanish.
Our universe makes sense. Logic, reason, the scientific method, all work. Sure, they can't always tell the whole story, but even in that they are consistent. Our universe has an underlying order to it.
All of this suggests something to me. There is a Being, a will, a consciousness underlying all of reality. Not for nothing is god sometimes called 'the ultimate reality.'
This Being is, in some sense, rational and logical—even though these are human concepts. Therefore, we share at least some values with the Being. We are, as it goes, in Its image.