Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

Bang! (IV)

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Sky Map
Credit: WMAP Science Team, NASA.

A few years ago, astronomers and astrophysicists created this map of the universe as it appeared just 380,000 years after the big bang, over 13 billion years ago. Our home planet earth is a mere 4.6 billion years old. Can it be that the scientific chronology for the birth and subsequent development of the universe is consistent with the biblical creation record, including the appearance of humankind on planet earth?

If one believes, as I do, that God exists and the Bible is true, then verifiable science cannot ultimately be inconsistent with the Bible. Science and the Bible both provide true and complementary facts about creation. Religion has long been at odds with science, and science generally ignores religion, but some say that scientific and biblical wisdom is actually converging, and I think that this may be true.

Before you shake your head and write me off as a nut case, I challenge you to hang in there a while longer while I go out and get some help.

I’m back.

Allow me introduce four friends who are helping me make sense of what can be learned about Creation from studying the science of our universe and of nature.

My first friend is Augustine of Hippo, who writes in City of God about space, time and eternity in a way that seems consistent with some of what I am now learning from my scientist friends. This is a little surprising since he lived about 1,600 years ago.

Gerald Schroeder, friend two, has written several books about cosmology. One which I have just finished is Science of God. Gerald is a scientist and an orthodox Jew teaching in Jerusalem.

Friend three is Hugh Ross, a Christian astrophysicist and apologist. It appears that he and Schroeder have independently mapped the creation account in Genesis to current scientific knowledge of the universe, without contradiction.

My fourth friend is one Alex Filippenko. He is a Professor of Astronomy at the University of California, Berkeley, and also the gifted lecturer for a DVD course produced by The Teaching Company, “Understanding the Universe: An Introduction to Astronomy.” The course consists of over ninety 30-minute lectures. So far I have watched and listened to about half of them. I’m guessing that the course has been carefully sanitized to avoid any hint of the possibility of a Creator. At any rate, I believe the course represents current mainstream scientific cosmology, and that is what I want to learn.

Stay tuned.

Dave, wondering where all this will lead.

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Comments

2 Responses to “Bang! (IV)”
  1. linda says:

    Wouldn’t you love to actually sit down and discuss with all your friends? I really want to take a look at those DVDs…. if we believe God is the creator, there is no way he could contradict Himself with his created law and order.. makes sense that it all fits.

  2. Dave says:

    I fully expect to.

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