Pick your fairy-tale

Columnist David Quinn today commented on Twitter:

Pick your ‘fairy-tale: God created everything, or nothing made everything.


David makes a good point that whatever your explanation is for all that exists, it must appeal to something that others consider a fairy-tale. While the list above may initially seem to exhaust all options, one reply to the tweet pointed out another option to which David added a third fairy-tale:

Ok, that is fairy-tale option 3; matter has always existed in some form or another and for no particular reason. It seems much more likely that the something which has always existed is not matter, but a deity.


This does now seem to exhaust all options which leaves us with:

  1. God created everything
  2. Nothing made everything
  3. Matter has always existed in some for or another and for no particular reason

Joseph Smith taught number three:

“The elements are eternal” (D&C 93:33). “The spirit of man is not a created being; it existed from eternity, and will exist to eternity. Anything created cannot be eternal; and earth, water, etc., had their existence in an elementary state, from eternity” (Joseph Smith, in HC 3:387).


However it is possible to reduce the options back down to two. To account for all matter we either need:

  1. Something from nothing
  2. An infinite regress

Either the elements are eternal or they are not. Pick your fairy-tale…