Michael Strauss, Ph.D., is a respected scientist in the National Laboratories where he conducts research in experimental elementary particle physics. He is also a Professor of Physics at the University of Oklahoma where he has received many teaching awards.
Leslie Wickman, Ph.D., is Chair of Engineering & Computer Science, as well as Director of the Center for Research in Science (CRIS) at Azusa Pacific University (APU). Previously, for more than a decade, she was an engineer for Lockheed Martin Missiles & Space, where she worked on NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and International Space Station Programs, receiving commendations from NASA for her contributions and being designated as Lockheed’s Corporate Astronaut.
Michael Strauss on the big bang as evidence for God’s existence:
“The prediction of general relativity is that the Big Bang itself is the origin of everything we know: space, time, matter and energy. So the Big Bang is kind of a misnomer. A Big Bang brings up the idea that something exploded, but the Big Bang itself is not an explosion … it’s the origin of everything we know in this universe.
If everything in the universe came into being, then the cause of the universe must be transcendent, not a part of this universe. Science kind of stumbled onto something that the Bible declared long ago … that the universe had a beginning.”
The theoretical physicist Weisskopf also noted this rather appropriately: “The Judeo-Christian tradition describes the beginning of the world in a way that is surprisingly similar to the scientific model.” (Weisskopf, Victor. Quoted in: ‘The World of Physics’)
Nevertheless Strauss continues: “I have a passion for trying to understand what is really true. In this area of science we are searching for truth about the universe. Christians believe in a God that demonstrates truth. There should be some correlation, so it is important to investigate what that correlation looks like.”
“The Big Bang model of the universe is much more God-friendly than the model that was popular before it (the Steady State Model). The Big Bang model states that there was a beginning to the universe, and by cause and effect logic, a beginning necessitates a cause, or a Beginner. Other models, such as the Steady State model, say that the universe always existed, so there was no need to explain a beginning. Also, contrary to popular opinion, the Big Bang was not a chaotic explosion, but rather a very highly ordered, finely tuned event.
The primary things we’re discovering through science in general that relate to Scripture have to do with two main themes: first, the universe had a beginning, therefore there had to be a cause; and second, the universe displays a long and growing list of characteristics that have to be just exactly as they are in order to support complex life, strongly suggesting that there is some creative intelligence behind all of it.
Since God reveals himself in both Scripture and nature, the two cannot logically contradict each other. So the key to a fuller understanding of who God is lies in seeing how the message of scripture and the evidence from nature fit together and inform each other.”