God and Physics

As a person who is fascinated by theoretical physics—the big bag theory—some of the more resent news worthy articles blow my mind.

Let me see if I can get some of these major points correct.

Aristotle believed or declared that the universe had always existed and natural disasters played an important role setting human development back to the beginning. How terrible for human kind.

Those who believe the universe has a beginning use it to argue the existence of God. Yet I believe faith shouldn’t be argued.

“If the universe had a beginning, why did it wait an infinite time before it began?” (Steven Hawking). A very good question I’ve asked many times also.

Huble image 1If we examine the approach above, don’t you ever wonder what was happening before the big bag and the start of the universe? What was God doing? How long did it take him to create all the angels? How long did it take Lucifer to turn against God? What came before the time of the angels’ creation? Don’t you ever ask yourself these questions?

Scientists argue that the material was there for the big bag to occur, but who put that material there? Nothing can ever come of nothing.

Have you ever asked what’s outside the universe?

According to Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity where space and time are not absolute it is no longer relative to talk of a time before the universe. I’m not sure I understand, can’t wrap my mind around something that has no time, maybe because I have a beginning and will have an end.

images 2Discoveries are always pleasant especially if they can be proven. With the Hubble telescope astronomers discovered that stars are not uniformly distributed through space, but are clumped together into galaxies. With this discovery, new question surfaced. Since the galaxies are moving apart, in the beginning, were they clustered together—one on top of the other?

I’ll continue with Hawking’s paper later, right now I want to bring in the latest from the Catholic church.

Yes, Pope Francis as declared that God is not a magician and that the big bang theory is a possible way of how God created the universe. I’m glad that religion is finally starting to see that science doesn’t lie. Many things are definitely explained through science. What baffled me is the statement that God is not a magician. If he’s not a magician how did he jump-start the universe? If He’s not a magician how did Jesus Christ perform miracles while on Earth? What of the Immaculate Conception?

For the longest time, the church did not believe in evolution… this is confusing…

So when did the Church start to believe in evolution? Pope Pius XII declared there was no opposition between the Catholic Church and evolution; Pope John Paul II reaffirmed this.

I’m still confused because way back before 40,000 BC Neanderthal walked the Earth and

Reconstruction of a Neanderthal child's face (Image: Anthropological Institute, University of Zurich)

Reconstruction of a Neanderthal child’s face (Image: Anthropological Institute, University of Zurich)

they were an intelligent species. So, did God create two different beings in his own image? Again, my brain is confused… If on Earth we had two different species why can’t God have created another species somewhere in the far reaches of the universe? If we think about it, it’s not the outer shell that’s in the image of God, but our soul.

As far back as Galileo the church did not want to listen to science, making scientist renege their brilliant findings. Poor Galileo was dragged before the Inquisition where he was forced to deny the sun was the center of the solar system. Why does it take so long for the Church to come around and see that science isn’t really rejecting God, but explaining how things work?

Hawking with Jim Hartle has come up with the following explanation to explain time to the layman.

Back in time people wondered what they would find at the edge of the earth. Why? Because it was believed the Earth was flat. If the Earth were flat, I’d wonder where I’d fall to if I came too close to the edge. Well, according to these two scientists time works on the images 3same principle. They use the Relativity theory with Quantum physics to explain this. If the Universe were like the South Pole then the Universe would start at a point similar to the South Pole and the latitude would increase, moving away from it. “To ask what happened before the beginning of the universe would become a meaningless question, because there is nothing south of the South Pole” (Steven Hawking). This explanation rattles my brain. There is nothing south of the South Pole because the Earth is round and you’d be going around the earth again…ah! I get it, do you? Okay, but now I’m doubly confused. Does this mean we can travel back in time?

The theory of General Relativity predicted that time and universe would begin with the big bang and end in black holes. Although some questions now have answers, too many still remain unanswered.

“Cosmology is a very exciting and active subject. We are getting close to answering the age old questions. Why are we here? Where did we come from?” (Steven Hawking)

Hopefully, these questions will be answered in my lifetime, but are we prepared to hear what science has to say? How will the Church react?

I thank Hawking and Hartle for their hard work. God bless such intelligent men who seek the answers to the Universe.

 

My sources:

http://www.hawking.org.uk/the-origin-of-the-universe.html

http://io9.com/pope-rails-against-intelligent-design-says-god-isnt-a-1652162938?utm_campaign=socialflow_io9_facebook&utm_source=io9_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn13672-neanderthals-speak-out-after-30000-years.html#.VFeWWIvF_yA

About Annamaria

Although born in the United States, Annamaria Bazzi spent a great deal of her childhood in Sicily, Italy, in a town called Sciacca. Italian was the language spoken at home. Therefore, she had no problems when she found herself growing up in a strange country. Upon returning to the states, she promised herself she would speak without an accent. She attended Wayne State University in Detroit Michigan, where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Computers with a minor in Spanish. Annamaria spent twenty years programming systems for large corporations, creating innovative solution, and addressing customer problems. During those years, she raised four daughters and one husband. Annamaria lives in Richmond Virginia with her small family where she now dedicates a good part of her day writing.
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