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The Religious Big Bang
By Dwardu Cardona

Wal Thornhill wrote:

. . . when confronted with the conclusions drawn from the
standard solar model, which is central to modern cosmology, I
agree with Gregg Easterbrook who wrote in The New Republic of
last October 12; "... for sheer extravagant implausibility,
nothing in theology or metaphysics can hold a candle to the [Big]
Bang. Surely, if this description of the cosmic genesis came from
the Bible or the Koran rather than the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology, it would surely be treated as a preposterous myth."

CARDONA OFFERS:

But the theory DID come from a religious work. Here's a short
selection from [not yet published] Chapter 1 of GOD STAR by
Dwardu Cardona:

Begin quote:

In fact, even that so-called pillar of astrophysics, the Big Bang
Theory, had been much earlier posited in a RELIGIOUS work.

In the Book of Genesis, Elohim, usually translated into English
as "God," begins the creation with the words: "Let there be
light." And, it is there written, "there was light." There have
been many who have seen a similarity between this description of
beginnings and the Big Bang Theory. The following, one of several
such, comes from a popular work devoted to the mysteries of the
Bible:

"Prevailing scientific theory proposes that the universe was
created in a flash of light. This 'big bang,' or cosmic
explosion, is believed to have occurred some 16 billion years
ago. Some see parallels between this modern, scientific theory
and the biblical account which opens with God's command, 'Let
there be light'."

Granted, on its own, this similarity is not enough for one to
claim that the theory in question had already been posited in a
religious work. The Book of Genesis is not, however, the
religious work I have in mind. So bear with me for a while.

George Gamow is the acclaimed father of the Big Bang Theory. But
before Gamow there was Georges Lemaitre who, in 1927, was the
first to propose that a hot, dense, primeval "atom" had exploded,
flinging its contents outward to create the universe. With the
advent of the theory in question, Pope Pius XII himself had it
stated that "scientists are beginning to find the finger of god
in the creation of the universe." Lemaitre, who was a Catholic
priest besides being a physicist, was later decorated by the
Vatican for his scientific achievements.

To be quite fair, in developing his theory of the expanding
universe, Lemaitre had relied on the principles of general
relativity. But, since he was also well versed in the discipline
of theology, could he not also have come across that great
medieval commentary on Biblical Scripture known as the Ramban? In
1990, in a book titled GENESIS AND THE BIG BANG, the Israeli
nuclear physicist Gerald Schroeder argued in detail that there is
no contradiction to be found between the account of creation as
described in Genesis and the current scientific dictum. Moreover,
as Schroeder noted, "the Ramban ... had the remarkably modern
insight that at the moment after creation, all the matter in the
universe must have been concentrated in a tiny speck." Tell me
that this insight is not identical to that reached by Lemaitre?

End of quote.

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