Apologetics 101: Why did The Big Bang Theory “irritate” Einstein?

by Matt Rawlings

As we discussed yesterday, it is understandable why TV Producers look for controversial ideas like Sagan’s flawed “oscillating theory” but why do serious scientists indulge them? Why are so many tenured professors bent on overturning something as obvious as The Big Bang? As Lee Strobel points out in The Case for a Creator, Einstein was irritated by the idea of an expanding universe, Astronomer Athur Eddington called it “repugnant” and Phillip Morrison at MIT admitted he would, “like to reject it.”


Robert Jastrow wrote in his wonderful book God and the Astronomers, “There is a kind of religion in science . . . every effect must have its cause; there is no First Cause. . . . This religious faith of the scientist is violated by the discovery that the world had a beginning under conditions in which the known laws of physics are not valid, and as a product of forces or circumstances we cannot discover. When that happens, the scientist has lost control. If he really examined the implications, he would be traumatized.”

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Journalist Jim Holt interviewed a number of the scientists and philosophers seeking to avoid the “trauma” of admitting the universe had a beginning in his best-selling book, Why Does the World Exist? An Existential Detective Story.  One proposal Holt explores is the “multiverse theory,” where our universe is one of many universes birthed by an “inflationary cosmology.”

What this means in non-Geek terms is that “our universe is one of nearly infinite past universes, generated as another “bubble” among untold trillions of other bubble universes.”

In the end, these lines of argument assert that the universe created itself.  But does that make sense? There is no evidence that something could come from nothing or that anything that exists that we can observe or test is eternal.

So, what some atheists and skeptics have tried to do is re-define the meaning of nothing…


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