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Big Bang Theory Actually Has Religious Roots

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Many Americans remain wary of the Big Bang Theory, particularly from a religious standpoint.

There is a popular misconception about what it means to believe in certain scientific theories. That one must reject or mock a belief in gods or a God in order to embrace them.

This is simply not in keeping with the behavior of some of the great minds of science, persons who were not interested in denying either their faith or fascination with the world of science.

In fact, did you know that the Big Bang Theory has been credited to a Catholic priest?

Georges LemaĆ®tre, who was a Belgian cosmologist and Catholic priest, wrote a paper in 1931 that closely resembles what we now know of as the theory of the Big Bang. He titled it, “The Beginning of the World from the Point of View of Quantum Theory”.

LemaƮtre believed that the universe is expanding and that all of it originated from a single point in space.

One of the reasons why his name remains largely unknown is that his theory was said to have been wrongly attributed to one Edwin Hubble.

It was the combination of Hubbleā€™s observations, that the other galaxies were moving away from our own at high speeds, and LemaĆ®treā€™s theories that suggested to the scientific community that a Big Bang was highly likely to have occurred.

LemaĆ®treā€™s work was declared by Pope Pius XII to be ā€œa scientific validation of the Catholic faith.ā€

Albert Einstein was said to have been impressed with LemaĆ®tre’s theories, reportedly applauding him and saying, “This is the most beautiful and satisfactory explanation of creation to which I have ever listened.”

The Belgian cosmologist himself didnā€™t see his scientific work as directly linked to his religious faith. In fact, he had a very strong reason for separating the two:

As far as I can see, such a theory remains entirely outside any metaphysical or religious question. It leaves the materialist free to deny any transcendental Beingā€¦ For the believer, it removes any attempt at familiarity with God.

LemaƮtre seemed to think of his faith and scientific research as parallel and equal. He did not need one to prove or disprove the other. He did not feel the need to use one to validate the other. He simply maintained his own beliefs about the universe from both a religious and scientific point of view.

Today, it seems that many cannot imagine science and religion as parallel rather than at odds with one another.

The ā€œFather of the Big Bang Theoryā€ and his approach to science holds a valuable lesson for many.

Namely that you believe spiritually is not necessarily the enemy of what you understand scientifically.

Image via Wikimedia Commons

Big Bang Theory Actually Has Religious Roots
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About Toni Matthews-El
Toni Matthews-El hails from the land of chunked pumpkins and people who come to a complete stop before making any and every turn. When she isn't contributing articles to WebProNews, she spends her time freelance writing, cheering Liverpool FC, and enjoying life as a hair flower connoisseur. Disclaimer: Written opinions do not necessarily reflect that of WebProNews or its affiliates WebProNews Writer
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