Genesis and the Big Bang

Genesis and the Big Bang

Genesis and the Big Bang

Genesis and the Big Bang

If you want to have an interesting conversation about origins, it makes sense to read the perspectives of both an applied theologian and an applied physicist, or you can do both at once, if you read Genesis and the Big Bang, a book by Gerald L. Schroeder, Ph.D., who earned his undergraduate and doctoral degrees at MIT. I read the book about a decade ago, give or take, then again a few years ago, and I had intended, this week, to just thumb through it to find inspiration for the Saturday blog theme — science and spirituality, but once I started on the intro, I couldn’t put it down. So I decided to write a chapter-by-chapter series about it. Here’s a taste (from the blurb on the back cover) of what’s to come on Saturdays over the next few months:

The culmination of a physicist’s thirty-five year journey from MIT to Jerusalem, Genesis and the Big Bang presents a compelling argument that the events of the billions of years that cosmologists say followed the Big Bang and those of the first six days described in Genesis are, in fact, one and the same — identical realities described in vastly different terms. In engaging, accessible language, Dr. Schroeder reconciles the observable facts of science with the very essence of Western religion: the biblical account of Creation.

Carefully reviewing and interpreting accepted scientific principles, analogous passages of Scripture, and biblical scholarship, Dr. Schroeder arrives at a conclusion so lucid that one wonders why it has taken this long in coming. The result for the reader — whether believer or skeptic, Jewish or Christian — is a totally fresh understanding of the key events in the life of the universe.


  • Lanny A. Eichert October 18, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    Alice, don’t waste your time. Christianity isn’t a Western religion, so that false statement proves the book worthless. You continue to want a nonliteral Bible to promote your heresies. Pity you. You’ll burn in hell.

  • Rachel October 18, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    Alice, I read this book several years ago and thought it was fascinating, looking forward to the blogs.

    • Lanny A. Eichert October 18, 2014 at 10:09 pm

      fascinating fiction
      don’t trust a word of it

  • Mary Vanderplas October 19, 2014 at 6:20 am

    In general, I’m not keen on attempts to reconcile the findings of modern science with the particulars of the biblical story of creation. But I haven’t read the book, and it may well be that his insights are as valid and compelling as the cover suggests. I’ll be interested to read your summary of and thoughts on it.

    • Alice Spicer October 19, 2014 at 11:54 am

      I had the same initial reaction, upon looking at the cover photo and title. I look forward to your responses.

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