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.