Since matter/energy can neither be created nor destroyed and matter/energy exists therefore the universe has always existed and will always exist in one form or another. We are merely observing the current form of the universe. The concept of a cyclical universe that expands, cools, contracts into a singularity which heats up from the compression and then expands again fits that model. Your fallacy is using the theist assumption that there was "a beginning". There is nothing to support that assumption. Obviously you do not understand Einstein's equation that E=MC2. Transforming matter into energy is what you do on a regular basis. You consume matter in the form of food and convert it into energy in order to breathe, pump blood around your body, move your muscles, think, etc, etc. You breathe out carbon dioxide that plants convert into carbon using the energy of the sun in a process called photosynthesis. That is another example of E=MC2. Asimov had a great sense of humor. Probably just keep on looking. Our own planet had no life at all for the first billion or so years. At the rate we are going there might not be any life left on it after we wipe ourselves out. Ad homs because you can't handle the arguments that Grumblenuts was making? FTR Newton refused to preach, even though he was an ordained minister, for fear of being discovered to be an atheist.