As of 2008, yes, but what are the odds?
Frm my layman's perspective, it sure seems that until we have a far more advanced understanding of the singularity from which we surmise the Big Bang originated, the existence of an ultimate "creator" cannot be ruled out with certainty. Conversely, I have seen zero evidence to persuade me that such a creator must exist, or even should exist. This quandary is still the ultimate question in my mind. I believe that given enough time -- and money -- humankind will make inexorable progress in physics that will someday make today's theories of dark matter and infinite multiverses seem as quaint as the idea of phlogiston. I rue that the same cannot be said of religion.
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