Friday, October 2, 2009

Big Bang God

Not long ago, I wrote a post noting that faith and science seem to be intersecting a lot lately. Yesterday, the Catholic News Agency ran a story that I want to highlight as another instance in which science, rather than rebutting belief in God, reinforces it.

The CNA story reported on the remarks of Jesuit Fr. Robert Spitzer at a conference in Denver.

“Theism, in fact, can be better explained by contemporary science and modern philosophy better than ever before, but particularly interesting is what is happening in the field of astrophysics ... to the point that I can't imagine why agnosticism and Atheism are still popular,” Fr. Spitzer said.

For those interested, a footnoted paper, Indications of Creation in
Contemporary Big Bang Cosmology, going into all of the more technical aspects related to Fr. Spitzer’s assertions was written in 2004 and is available on the internet.

Some of the comments to the CAN story from unfriendly readers are amusing and predictable. One argues that there are infinite universes and therefore, no matter how small a probability might be, at least one will meet the conditions. I suppose that means that there are an infinite number of universes, less one, in which everything falls apart. Another commenter asks, if God caused the Big Bang, then who or what caused God? Some people just don’t seem to be able (or willing) to understand what God is.

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