'Cosmic dawn' discovery brings together science, theology


L. Reed Adams

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Science and theology agree that critical questions facing all of humanity involve our origin, the cause of our creation, and explanations of our existence. Recent scientific findings may focus increased worldwide attention on the level of agreement by science and theology on those questions.

A recent CNN report was headlined, “Scientists detect ‘fingerprint’ of the earliest light in the universe.” The report, found in the Feb. 28 issue of the journal “Nature,” reveals scientific statements that may be compared to statements in the Book of Genesis in the Bible.

Consider the scientific finding that, following the Big Bang (i.e. creation), the universe was dark for 180 million years, compared to the Genesis statement “In the beginning … darkness was on the face of the deep.” Science also reports it’s found the earliest light in the universe, while, according to the Bible, “God said, ‘let there be light.’”

In addition, scientists say in the recent findings that they are the closest they have ever come to the moment of “cosmic dawn,” while Genesis reports that “God divided the light from the darkness.” Moreover, the scientists say that as the universe expanded it was a “…soup of ionized plasma” that as it cooled, was pulled together by gravity and objects were formed. Genesis said “…the earth was without form and void.”

Finally, scientists accept that prior to the “Big Bang” nothing existed. Genesis says “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

As a scientist, I can assert that where diverse data agree, we should not reject the testing of the agreement. As a Christian, I can assert that the agreement noted above provides profound justification of religious concepts. I suggest we discuss this as a community.

L. Reed Adams

Elizabeth City