Do you believe in the Big Bang?

9 Responses to “What religion out there support The Big Bang?”

  • avik r:

    the document followed is quoted from wiki:

    A number of Christian and traditional Jewish sources have accepted the Big Bang as a possible description of the origin of the universe, interpreting it to allow for a philosophical first cause. Pope Pius XII was an enthusiastic proponent of the Big Bang even before the theory was scientifically well-established and consequently the Roman Catholic Church has been a prominent advocate for the idea that creation ex nihilo can be interpreted as consistent with the Big Bang. This view is shared by many religious Jews in all branches of rabbinic Judaism. Some groups contend the Big Bang is also consistent with the teaching of creation according to Kabbalah. [33]

    Some modern Islamic scholars believe that the Qur’an parallels the Big Bang in its account of creation, described as follows: “Do not the unbelievers see that the heavens and the earth were joined together as one unit of creation, before We clove them asunder?” (Ch:21,Ver:30). The claim has also been made that the Qur’an describes an expanding universe: “The heaven, We have built it with power. And verily, We are expanding it.” (Ch:51,Ver:47).[34] Parallels with the Big Crunch and an oscillating universe have also been suggested: “On the day when We will roll up the heavens like the rolling up of the scroll for writings, as We originated the first creation, (so) We shall reproduce it; a promise (binding on Us); surely We will bring it about.” (Ch:21,Ver:104).

    Certain theistic branches of Hinduism, such as in Vaishnavism, conceive of a creation event with similarities to the Big Bang. For example in the third book of the Bhagavata Purana (primarily, chapters 10 and 26), describes a primordial state which bursts forth as the Great Vishnu glances over it, transforming into the active state of the sum-total of matter (“prakriti”). Other forms of Hinduism assert a universe without beginning or end.

    Buddhism has a concept of universes that have no initial creation event, but instead go through infinitely repeated cycles of expansion, stability, destruction, and quiescence. The Big Bang may be reconciled with this view, since there are ways to conceive an eternal creation and destruction of universes within the paradigm. A number of popular Zen philosophers were intrigued, in particular, by the concept of the oscillatory universe.

  • Jack P:

    First Church of Christ Scientist of the Latter Day Astronauts is founded on the belief.

    I don’t know enough about the Big Bang to believe or disbelieve. Usually I’m satisfied others do or don’t.

  • KaptKos:

    Scientology; people like John Travolta

  • elyslund:

    None that I know of, ancient or modern. But, I’ve always wondered where the universal concept of ‘the Light’ came from. Of course there was a beginning…whether in a ‘Bang’ or in silence…?

    Good Morning!

  • TD Euwaite™:

    8th Day Adventists…

  • david_bowman_sc:

    There is a tremendous body of evidence, available to everyone, that supports the idea of the Big Bang having occurred. That is science, repeatable, verifiable science. It is not a matter of belief.

    Religion is a matter of belief. Belief in something that is not verifiable in a lab. There are thousands of religious belief systems. There is only one science, though even in that, not everyone interprets the existing evidence in the same way. There is still much to learn, including finding out how much more we still don’t know.

    Unless a religion bases its support for the Big Bang upon scientific evidence and processes, that support means nothing. I am a Catholic. Benedict the 16th has pretty much said ‘leave science to the scientists and stop trying to use religious belief to define what God has created. Accept the evidence and where it leads.’ That is not “support” for the Big Bang, but it is “support” for the use of the scientific method. Other religious groups cover the full range from “6 days – 6000 years” to “whatever”.

    People can be both religious and scientific, and live in both worlds. But science and religion belong to two completely separate realms whose borders do not overlap. Science cannot prove or disprove the existence of the spiritual (by definition), and religion cannot tell us anything about quarks and neutrinos, oil bearing shale, or the beginning of the universe.

  • campbelp2002:

    The first answer is really good; I give it thumbs up.

    Wikipedia says:

    In 1927 , the Belgian Catholic priest Georges Lemaître made one of the first modern proposition of the occurrence the Big Bang theory for the origin of the universe, although he called it his “hypothesis of the primeval atom”.

    So I would think at least Catholics should have no problem with the idea.

  • eri:

    It’s not a question of belief. You need belief when you have no evidence. When you have evidence, it’s a question of accepting that evidence or not.

    And we have evidence. We have evidence that the universe is expanding, which means it was once smaller and closer together. We have evidence that the universe is cooling, which means it was once much hotter. We have evidence that the early universe (which we can see thanks to objects billions of lightyears away, such as gamma ray bursts and quasars) had a much smaller metal content than today, which means that metals have been forming since – in the cores of massive stars and in their explosions. And so on.

    If your religion tells you that you can’t accept such clear evidence, you really have to wonder what they’re basing THEIR beliefs on.

  • Fantail Flycatcher:

    All the religion say something something related to creation of universe as they say something something about life and death.
    But the fact is that none of them has a foundation in science. For them creation of universe is related to creation of earth, more precisely to soil, water food to feed on and girls to reproduce. They don’t even say a word about the first nucleus i.e. hydrogen. They don’t explain four basic forces(gravitation, strong and weak, electromagnetism) in nature. They think that sun is available for free lunch by humans. They think Humans date before the dinosaurs. They might state ambiguous statements hailing their gods. BUT THE FACT IS THAT THEY ARE WRONG IN THOUSAND OTHER TOPICS AND THEY DON”T RESPECT THE SPIRIT OF SCIENCE AND EXPERIMENTATION.
    As far as George Lemaitre is concerned he was more a mathematician than a priest. His scientific works do not have any correlation with Bible.

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