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In the beginning. . .

Last week, news media across the country reported the discovery by astronomers of evidence supporting the Big Bang Theory.  Scientists from Harvard, the University of Minnesota, Stanford and Cal Tech announced they discovered ripples in space from the first moments after the Big Bang, which had been long-theorized, but not observed until the BICEP2 telescope located at the South Pole collected data showing the gravitational ripples. The discovery of these ripples gives credence to the Big Bang Theory.

Scientists all over the world are excited about this discovery.  Several scientists are calling it “the smoking gun” of the Big Bang Theory and, once confirmed, it is almost a foregone conclusion that the scientists responsible for the discovery will win a Nobel Prize for physics.

As much as this discovery is being talked about nationally, it hasn’t gained much traction locally. Perhaps people don’t yet realize what this means.  This should fundamentally change our understanding of the universe and the way we think about the beginnings of our world. This discovery nearly proves that the universe was created with a big bang.  Scientists hope future research will further confirm the big Bang Theory.

So, what does this huge discovery mean for religion?  It should open the door for more questions to be asked, for intelligent, thoughtful conversations to be had.  How are scientific fact and religious faith connected?  There are some that believe science and religion are not mutually exclusive.  How do we know that a day in our time is the same as a day in God’s?  Our concept of time may not be the same as God’s. 

Though the debate about science and religion are not new, and will undoubtedly continue for sometime, the discovery certainly gives us something to talk about.

The Pioneer Journal editorial represents the collective voice of the newspapers editorial board.