Stephen Hawking, one of the greatest minds of our time said “Before we understood science, it was natural to believe that God created the universe, but now science offers a more convincing explanation.” He is absolutely correct. It is human nature to seek explanations for life’s big questions. Therefore, back when there was no understanding of much at all, the concept of God provided all the answers. Now, however, with research and evidence to back up discoveries, it is irresponsible to completely reject them. In history, an example of this is Galileo’s theory of Heliocentrism. Because society was ruled by a theocracy at the time, it was said that the earth was the center of the universe and the sun revolved around it. Galileo's theory that the earth revolves around the sun and the sun was the center of the universe, although not entirely correct, was an important breakthrough for science. Galileo was convicted for having opinions that challenge scripture and was sentenced to house arrest until he died. Although nothing this extreme occurs in the western world today, not much has changed in terms of belief. Today, most churches have realized how ineffectual it is to fight science, and have claimed that there are in fact no contradictions between science and religion. This is a case of telling rather than showing. If churches still continue to believe in events such as God creating the universe in six
The debate over the creation of the universe is one that has been argued for many years by philosophers, scientists and of course theists and atheists alike and yet it appears an agreement on the topic is quite far from reach. There are various arguments that attempt to explain the origin of the universe, yet to this day not a single one has been accepted as the absolute truth. That being said it is not expected that this debate will be resolved by the end of this paper, but rather the goal of this paper is to argue against one of the many arguments presented in defence of the proposed philosophical theory of intelligent design. The goal of this paper is to disprove Robin Collins’ proposed Likelihood Principle, also known as The Prime Principle of Conformation, as a defence for the Fine- Tuning Argument and more broadly the Theory of Intelligent Design.
Did you know that “it has been 50 years since two scientists found landmark evidence for the Big Bang theory?”(Kramer,2014) The Bang Theory aka BBT is the most popular explanation about the start of our universe that is widely accepted/acknowledged. The theory is that “the entire Universe is spreading apart, with distant galaxies speeding away from us in all directions. Run the clock backwards to 13.8 billion years ago, and everything in the Cosmos started out as a single point in space. In an instant, everything expanded outward from that location, forming the energy, atoms and eventually the stars and galaxies we see today.” (Cain, 2013) The Big Bang Theory is possibly right because of the evidence/research backed up by it such as exploration done by Edwin Hubble, data found by both Arno Penzias and Robert Wilson, and background radiation that had been found that is believed to be created by the Big Bang.
There are many topics that science and religion have opposing views on and continue to debate. One of these subjects that has received a great deal of attention and has placed an enormous wedge between the two realms is the varying opinions concerning the creation of the universe. For nearly a century, scientists have explained this phenomenon with the Big Bang theory, whereas spiritual thinkers have long placed their faith in the Genesis creation account. Both submit valid arguments, however, it is ultimately up to each individual to decide which testimony to accept as truth and to consider if it is possible that both opinions could co-exist.
The passage that I choose to write about was Genesis chapter 1 verses 1-5. I choose this passage because I was interested in studying how God supposedly created the earth and turned darkness into a world full of life and spirit. Genesis 1 begins by saying “in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”(NKJV) I think that the purpose of this verse is to summarize the things that God would do in the future. This text tells us that God existed before the heavens and the earth. We also learn that before God started to create, the earth was empty, dark, and lifeless. The text also represents the beginning of everything earthly by saying God will create life on earth and in
In the beginning God created the heavens with the Earth along with man in his own image. For over 1500 years, Christian followers were heavy believers of the bible, seeing it as the primary source for knowledge. Then came the scientific revolution in the 1500s, a movement which challenged the Christian view of the universe. It was a time when people were looking for a new way of thinking about the world. Since then and to this day, there has been several instances in which scientific inquiry and religious belief have collided in their ideologies.
The Genesis account of creation is written with beautiful, almost lyrical, scripture. It begins with the first seven days of creation where God created the heavens and the Earth. He split the oceans and the land, as well as created all the many creatures on our planet. The message of the bible very much depends on interpretation, the wording was filled with rhythm. For example, at the end of each sentence in the beginning of chapter one, it has many phrase repeats but they sound lyrical. On day one, “God said” (Gen:1 vs.3) “it was good.” (Gen:1 vs. 4). On day two, “God said” (Gen:1 vs.6) “it was so” (Gen:1 vs. 7). These phrases repeat and overall form a kindly written scripture. In Genesis one, God’s official name is Elohim. He created the heavens and man. And made man rule over the created order of the Earth. Not only as the rulers but also as the care-takers, which hints at telling humans to protect the environment, as it is our job given by God Himself. Further on into Genesis, the story focuses more on Adam and Eve. God created Adam as a whole human being. Adam was split by God and the other equal half became Eve. The author of Genesis wants to stress the equality between man and woman. With Eve, Adam could have his other half to relationship with. The author’s focus on equality between man and woman is one of the biggest take-aways from these accounts of creation. “This is now bone of my bones, And flesh of my flesh” (Gen 2:23). Marriage allows for man and woman to
“In the beginning was the big bang,”[i] writes John Polkinghorne, a physicist turned theologian. As the reader follows through the remainder of his cosmic creation story, the reader is intrigued at how mystical and religious the story sounds. “The space boiled, in the rapid expansion of the inflation era, blowing the universe apart with incredible rapidity in the much less than 10-30 seconds that it lasted. . . . The world suddenly became transparent and a universal sea of radiation was left to continue cooling on its own . . .”[ii] Then, the story unfolds to tell of the creation of hydrogen and helium and the creation of stars. The death of stars follow, which
How the world people are living in right now was created in the beginning? Humankind has been asking this question throughout the centuries, and some people throw some answers to this question. People in Israel answer that God created the heaven and earth in the beginning while Babylonians answer that Marduk establishes the natural order and dwelling for gods after win a battle. The reason that these two ethnic groups respond differently is because they have been walked through different history and worldview. Enuma Elish, which is the Babylonian creation epic, and the book of Genesis in the Bible, what Israelites believe, shows little similar sense but totally different idea of creation.
There has been a lot of research done on the influence media can have on society, in particular the degrading images of women that are often seen in media. Since the second wave of the women’s rights movements these images were the object of scrutiny and an easy example of how women were viewed. In modern society where women have made many strides towards equality why are there still instances in popular media were women are negatively depicted? Have women come as far as they think? The popular sitcom The Big Bang Theory negatively depicts the female characters by reverting to a binary view of gender, in which the female characters are lacking, they can be beautiful or smart however they cannot be both.
Sometimes it can be hard to look at the universe and really appreciate all the complexities which govern it. Which might be due in part to the fact that as a species we have created, improved, and revised countless models of the universe. Often times people will interpret science and religion as being two very different things—which is true to an extent; however, at the foundation of religion and science they are the same, in that they both are merely trying to create a model of the universe; which in effect, helps us develop a better understanding of it. When you compare the difficulty of trying to understand science and religion; religion considerably is far easier to understand and thus people in general can better
Astronomers believed the Universe was created about 14 billion years ago. During that time, the entire Universe was inside a bubble that was thousands of times smaller than a pinhead, and it was insanely hot and dense. Out of nowhere this little bubble started expanding. This expansion created what we know as the Universe. In such little time the Universe went from the size of an atom to the ginormous galaxy we have that is continuously growing.
ABSTRACT: Curiously, in the late twentieth century, even agnostic cosmologists like Stephen Hawking—who is often compared with Einstein—pose metascientific questions concerning a Creator and the cosmos, which science per se is unable to answer. Modern science of the brain, e.g. Roger Penrose's Shadows of the Mind (1994), is only beginning to explore the relationship between the brain and the mind-the physiological and the epistemic. Galileo thought that God's two books-Nature and the Word-cannot be in conflict, since both have a common author: God. This entails, inter alia, that science and faith are to two roads to the Creator-God. David Granby recalls that once upon a time,
There have been many theories concerning what the universe looks like, how it became this way, and where it is going. The most popular theory that people hold today is that the universe began when all the matter ever present in the universe was contained in a tiny speck and that spec exploded. This is known as the Big Bang. This theory has developed a great deal since it was first conceptualized and continues to evolve today. Many different scientists have had a hand in this.
Genesis is the beginning of the beginning, the basis for the rest of the Bible, and the start of it all. Genesis shows us creation, man’s sinful downfall, man’s rebellion, a chance for redemption, and God’s mercy.