Monday, 29 August 2011

The origins of the universe: God, time and evolution

Of course, at 17, and with no meaningful scientific qualifications to my name, I am merely wondering out loud, posing questions, and perusing articles on the origins of the universe and the existence of God.

The national geographic website believes the cosmic cataclysm that bore the existence of the universe as we know it. Supporters of the big bang theory suggest that some 10 billion to 20 billion years ago, a blast more powerful than ever seen before allowed the entire universe's known matter and energy — even space and time themselves — to spring from some ancient and unknown type of energy. The theory maintains that, in a trillion-trillionth of a second after the big bang, the universe expanded from a size smaller than your little finger, incomprehensively to form the constantly expanding and evolving universe.
 Scientist’s cannot be totally sure what happened after the big bang, if that is the cause of the universe, since the trillion-trillionth of a second where matter evolved into something more developed and functional than anything else in the universe, progress has continued at a much slower rate these past few billion years. This progress can be seen but it certainly leaves us crying out for an explanation to quote Richard Swinburne. This development, surpassing our concept of the most intricate and marvellous things we have ever seen or experienced, might support the theory of evolution, yet I don’t think I am alone in struggling to believe that such a co-ordinated and dependant world exists without a designer, a cause one might even describe Her as.

What has happened since the explosion/implosion, are all those that believe in the big bang proponents of the evolution theory? As a fundamental part to the big bang theory, constant movement and development since the beginning of the universe is one of few answers to how the universe is in its current state.

Time is also an instrumental factor, and is crucial for many when considering whether another aspect – in this case a cause – plays a role in creation. The Bible explains that the universe was made in six days, so fundamentalist Judea-Christians will take that as fact, whereas others believe that what we know as time does not apply to their God, as he is outside such a thing, thus enabling him to create the world in time more in sync with modern estimates.

Now the constraints of time extends to the time I have to write, whereby this long winded and ignorant rambling on the beginning of the universe (not time), has to come to an end. However I am sure that I will write again on a topic that constantly interests me, so you can look forward to another incoherent but fascinated entry on the origins of the universe.

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