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CERN & The Big Bang (Video)
An interesting side trip that Holden, Newton and I took was to the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) aka The Big Bang Experiment which is just outside the city. It is the world’s largest and highest-energy particle accelerator and studies matter under extreme conditions similar to those shortly after the Big Bang. It has gained considerable attention from outside the scientific community and was featured in the movie “Angels and Demons.”
We learned about matter, anti-matter, dark matter, Higgin’s bosom, massless objects and how 13.7 billion years ago our universe was formed. As a Christian, I went in with a certain amount of anxiety because I am a proponent of Intelligent Design. I came out with a sense of awe and wonder towards our universe and all its complexity. Something that really grabbed my attention was how little we actually know about how our universe was formed. There still are so many questions we don’t have answers to.
I decided to do some reading and among the articles I read, I found an article written by Dr. Walter L. Bradley, a Baylor Professor (go Baylor!), that was very helpful. A question Haley asked that really made me think was “Couldn’t the Big Bang just have been the way that God created the world?” Take a look at some of the info I found and see what you think:
“Big Bang” cosmology is essentially universally accepted in the scientific community today. And the fact that these provisions may be “described” scientifically by secondary causes doe not eliminate God as the primary Causer (Colossians 1:17), a point clearly made by Isaac Newton in his classic Principia.
Robert Jastrow, founder of the Goddard Space Center and a preeminent astronomer (and agnostic), puts it humorously, “For the scientist who has lived by his faith in the power of reason, the story (of the big bang) ends like a bad dream. He has scaled the mountains of ignorance; he is about to conquer the highest peak; as he pulls himself over the final rock, he is greeted by a band of theologians who have been sitting there for centuries.”
Galileo asserted, “The laws of nature are written by the hand of God in the language of mathematics.” Newton, Galileo, Kepler, and Copernicus, who helped “birth” modern science, viewed the universe as orderly and capable of mathematical description precisely because a rational God had fashioned it thus. Scriptures comment on the stretching out of the heavens. The Hebrew verb forms indicate this stretching is both “finished” and “ongoing.” Isaiah 40:22 depicts both actions in the same verse. The simultaneously finished and ongoing property of stretching is identical to the big bang concept of cosmic expansion.
Nobel laurete Arno Penzias said, “Astronomy leads us to a unique event, a universe which was created out of nothing, and delicately balanced to provide exactly the conditions required to support life. In the absence of an absurdly improbably accident, the observations of modern science seem to suggest an underlying, on might say, supernatural plan.”
A universe that began in a big bang rather than a universe that eternally existed clearly supports theism over atheism. In view of the many discoveries of modern science, it takes a great deal more faith to be an atheist than a theist.
More details oh how modern science points to the existence of a Creator can be found at www.leaderu.com/offices/bradley/docs/scievidence.html
Also, Dr. Hugh Ross, an astronomer and astrophysicist, is the founder of Reasons to Believe (a science-faith think tank) has more info at www.reasons.org