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The Language of God?

8 November, 2007

“The existence (sic) of the Big Bang begs the question of what came before that, and who or what was responsible. It certainly demonstrates the limits of science as no other phenomenon has done. The consequences of the Big Bang theory for theology are profound. For faith traditions that describe the universe as having been created by God from nothingness, this is an electrifying outcome (sic). Does not such an astonishing event as the Big Bang fit the definition of a miracle?

“… (Astrophysicist  Robert Jastrow) writes: ‘Now we see how the astronomical evidence leads to a biblical view of the origin of the world. The details differ, but the essential elements and the astronomical and biblical accounts of Genesis are the same: the chain of events leading to man (sic) commenced suddenly and sharply at a definite moment in time, in a flash of light and energy’.

“I have to agree. The Big Bang cries out for a divine explanation. It forces the conclusion that nature had a defined beginning. I cannot see how nature could that.”

Thus Dr Francis S Collins, head of the Human Genome Project in ‘the Language of God’, quoting Astrophysicist  Robert Jastrow.

It worries me that respected men of great scientific expertise can:

  • use language so imprecisely
    • (we can’t say that any event, even a hypothetical one, exists; events happen ) ;
    • if the Big Bang is a hypothetical event, how can it also be an outcome?
  • adopt the anthropocentric view of life (the Big Bang was the first in a chain of events leading to man …)
  • suppose that a hypothetical event that we find hard to understand from the point of view of our current limited understanding must inevitably require a Divinity to explain it; does this not simply push the question back one stage further: ‘if there is a God behind the Big Bang, who or what created God’?

But maybe I’ve missed something.

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