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Big Bang Theory not created by religion-hating ogres

By Contributor Bruce Meyer

Bruce Meyer

I’m always perplexed when I hear pious talk about the Big Bang theory in underhanded, atheistic tones, as if it had been made up in a dark room by malicious religion-hating ogres.  It’s a good story, one that doesn’t actually involve any ogres (I hope); only figurative giants.

Georges Lemaitre was an unknown physics professor with a brilliant idea.  He was also a devout man who had been ordained as a Catholic priest.  His religion, in my mind, gave him a distinctive perspective on the scientific data.  Albert Einstein was a giant, a towering figure of the 20th century, like Goliath.  He was world-famous for his Theory of Relativity, among his many other extraordinary accomplishments.

Both Lemaitre and Einstein lived at a time when the ideas of cosmology were very different from today.  Einstein, along with most physicists, believed in a steady-state universe.  It was neither expanding nor contracting.  There was no beginning and there would be no end.  He was so confident of this scheme that he built it into his Theory of Relativity.  Years later, he would call it his greatest mistake.

Wikipedia Photo of Georges Lamaitre

But when Lemaitre first proposed his theory of the expansion of the universe, Einstein was reported to have responded in derision, saying something, “Your math is correct, but your physics is abominable.”  Einsten wasn’t alone.  The term “Big Bang” was coined by Lemaitre’s fellow physicists to mock him.  He was known as that Christian guy who wanted to play in astronomy.

Lemaitre persisted.  He continued to teach, speak and promote his theory.  When Edwin Hubble published his work supporting an expanding universe, everybody took a second look, including Einstein.  As more data was gathered, the Big Bang theory gained prominence.  Even Einstein was won over.  He proposed Lemaitre for several awards of scientific distinction.

So I hope you’ll agree with me that Georges Lemaitre was no religion-hating ogre.  He died in 1966, but about a year before his death scientists at Bell Labs accidentally discovered the cosmic microwave background radiation.  It was an echo of the big bang.

Lemaitre’s idea was shown to be true: The universe did indeed have a beginning.

Did the Dinosaurs miss Noah’s Ark?

By Blogger Dr. Karin Heller


I’ve got a couple of questions for you. If Noah took two of every kind of animal on the ark, what happened to the dinosaurs? Were they alive before Noah’s time or did Noah decide not to take them? Is the week that God took to create the earth actually a span of over thousands of years? If so, does that mean that the dinosaurs were all killed because of the flood instead of a meteorite like kids are taught in school?



Dear Billy,

Dr. Karin Heller

The Noah story has been handed down in two versions, one from the 5th century B.C. and the other much older (perhaps the 8th century B.C). At this time, people did not know about the dinosaurs and a meteorite killing them. This is a 20th century hypothesis. The biblical authors wrote with the knowledge of their time. Their purpose was not to cover such hypotheses. The Noah and the creation stories come from the writers’ imagination. They are similar to Walt Disney productions with one exception – the creation and the Noah stories contain a highly theological message. We are called to explore this theological message and embrace it with FAITH!

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The week spoken about in Genesis 1 is symbolic for ALL the time which exists between the beginning of this universe and the end of time. God creates EVERY WEEK and EVERY DAY and stars, plants, animals and human beings! Every day he has his lights overcome the darkness of the night. Even at the end of time God will create a new heaven and a new earth (Is 66:22; Rev 21:1).  The question if this week was 1,000 years long or something else is not a good question because the biblical authors think in other categories than we do today! The narratives of creation and Noah’s ark have THEOLOGICAL meanings. Therefore, if you want to dig deeper into the message convened in these narratives, you’ll have to change your reading method and come to the Bible with the RIGHT questions. Often in the gospels, Jesus corrects people when they do not come to him with the right questions! For example the young rich man comes to Jesus and asks, “Master what good deed must I do to possess eternal life?” Jesus does not give him an answer right away, because he is off track with his question! To put him on track, Jesus confronts him with another question and says, “Why do you ask me about what is good?” (Matt 19:16-17). Learn to come to the Bible with questions that are on track!

– Karin

Dr. Karin Heller is a professor on the theology faculty at Whitworth University.Her blog, Table Talk with Dr. Karin Heller, features her responses to questions that students have asked her over the years.  Check back each week to see new posts, and if you have a question leave it in the comment section below!