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Title: Challenges of Big Bang Theory to Religious Belief


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Challenges of Big Bang Theory to Religious
Belief Responses to those Challenges!
2
Challenges Big Bang brings to Religion
  1. The world is older than Christianity thought
    evidence for Big Bang shows universe is billions,
    not thousands, of years old.
  2. The universe is bigger than is implied in Genesis
    if it is that big, then earth is not
    all-important.
  3. If we are just a tiny part of this big universe,
    then we are not all that important either! Do we
    even have a purpose?
  4. Scientific theories present challenges as to how
    Christians understand teachings on heaven and
    hell / sin and suffering / the story of Jesus /
    etc
  5. Some say the Big Bang theory removes all need for
    God as an explanation for the universe.

3
Ockhams Razor
  • This is a philosophical tool
  • It states that the best and most likely way to
    solve a problem is the most simple way
  • For example, it is more simple to attribute the
    flu to Viruses, and to explain it will work its
    way out of your system naturally than it is to
    explain that you are sick because you upset God
    by doing a,b,c and he is punishing you for this,
    and if you want to get better you must do x,y,z.
  • Therefore it is most logical to believe the most
    simple explanation Viruses cause the flu
  • Therefore, when talking about the origin of the
    universe it is most simple to stop with the Big
    Bang than to add another level of explanation by
    saying God caused the Big Bang
  • The Big Bang alone explains it, therefore stop
    there!
  • Adding God makes it more complicated!

4
Responses to the Challenge of the Big Bang
  1. Scientific theories say the universe had a
    beginning with the Big Bang. Christians who
    accept science see God as the author of the Big
    Bang.
  2. Timescale and size do not matter if you take a
    symbolic view of Genesis - it still gives a
    message as to importance of human life
  3. Science answers how and religion answers why
  4. Uncovering the how shows God let some
    openness for human creativity etc after all,
    Christians dont want to be puppets
  5. The fact that this vast universe created us is
    amazing shows evidence of Intelligent Design
    rather than randomness
  6. Some people just say science and religion are
    different and should stick to their own areas
    without commenting on each other!
  7. Others reject science all together as misguided
    misinterpretation of the facts revealed to us by
    God!
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