How it Began

I studied physics in college.  A bachelor’s degree doesn’t qualify you for much in the way of being a scientist, other than allowing you to apply to graduate school, but we did get an introduction to Einstein’s general theory of relativity.  Scientists, especially physicists, like to think they can find the reason for everything, including how the universe began.

Theologians, on the other hand, are satisfied with “In the beginning. . .God said ‘let there be light.’ And there was light.”  Physicists don’t like that because there is no mathematical explanation for God.  Since He can’t be explained by current theories, He can’t be part of the solution in their view.

Lately I’ve been wondering if science and religion can be reconciled.  Is there room for God in the current model of how the universe began?  What is the current thinking regarding how the universe got started?  Is there any more in scripture beyond “In the beginning” and if so, does it fit into the current model?  In short, can Genesis and General Relativity co-exist?

That will be the subject of my next several posts.

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2 thoughts on “How it Began

  1. This topic is the true never-ending story. I recently picked up a book, Why Does the World Exist? by Jim Holt that offers comparatives between scientific theory and religion. I’m only a few chapters into the book — it’s so dense it needs time to rest before moving to the next chapter. Keep writing on this topic and I will keep reading. Cheers!

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