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Big Bang Theory Actually Has Religious Roots

    April 23, 2014
    Toni Matthews-El
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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 Lemaître, 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”.

Lemaître 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 Hubble’s observations, that the other galaxies were moving away from our own at high speeds, and Lemaître’s theories that suggested to the scientific community that a Big Bang was highly likely to have occurred.

Lemaître’s work was declared by Pope Pius XII to be “a scientific validation of the Catholic faith.”

Albert Einstein was said to have been impressed with Lemaître’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 didn’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 Being… For the believer, it removes any attempt at familiarity with God.

Lemaître 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 “Father of the Big Bang Theory” 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.

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  • Owen MacDonald

    It is evident it you who are ignorant. Catholic is not a religion to start with it was and is a Roman invention the word means universal it was universal church
    they did blend in all pagan beliefs occult included with a thin veil of Christianity
    It was formed to combat Christianity as it was spreading so fast despite all the murders and tortures of Rome. So they devised this Monster a complete adultery
    multiple worship . As an adulterous woman who takes many men into her this Whore also took in many took in all. That is why She is called The great Whore
    That is why she has a damaged more people than two world wars put together of course the whore will be into Science 1Tm:6:20: O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called: You see the true word would be sorcery Science is of the occult, thing is brainiack the word and the law was before man was and thwe bible
    is far ahead of you long before Christ the revelation of the world being round was well
    known and there is reference in the bible Old Testament any way any one could look at the moon and see so plainly so how did people get so unlearned to not even see that.

    • dragonwych

      Do you belong to a religion that denies punctuation?

      • Owen MacDonald

        Very typical to swallow a camel and strain out the knat

  • Ian

    Owen MacDonald, all I
    can say is wow, what a whack job you are and a disgrace to the Scottish
    heritage your name suggests, for you are not the stuff of a real Scotsman. Change your name, get rid of your computer and internet connection, for
    they are obviously the work of the devil. Get rid of any items that you may use
    or own that have been developed or manufactured after the 6th century. Remove
    yourself as far as you can from the developed world so you can be a happy
    person again. Hopefully then you will leave this life soon and end up where you
    think this universe belongs.