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June 18, 2014
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Letter: Scientists and creationists each take a leap of faith

Scientists also exercise faith

Recently the Public Forum printed a letter from a cosmologist here in Roseburg in response to the debate about teaching creationism in schools. His opinion was that the Big Bang theory and the theory of evolution are provable science. The cosmologist might be surprised to learn his beliefs are not necessarily out of line with what some creationists believe.

If one were to read the Bible, he would find that God created the universe by speaking it into existence. The cosmologist calls this the Big Bang theory. Although there were no human witnesses to the event, if one believes that it was God’s voice which created the universe, it may have been quite loud – a big bang indeed.

Scientists call the cause of the Big Bang a singularity — that moment in time and space when all the matter in the universe was poised to begin expanding from one very small spot as if from an explosion (Big Bang). Creationists might point to the first words in the Bible and say this was the cause. “In the beginning God created…” = singularity. “God said,” = Big Bang.

Even scientists describe their explanations of natural phenomena as theories. Theory = belief. The Bible is a very reliable and accurate document, having been proven through comparison with other sources and sciences like archaeology. Those portions that believers take on faith are no more difficult to believe than the theories science uses to explain creation such as the Big Bang, singularity, and evolution. The honest scientist must also take these on faith.

Jim Delfino

Roseburg


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