Two astrophysicists explain the evidence for God from cosmology.


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.”

Leslie Wickman:

“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.”

Sources: God of the Big Bang (Wickman), Scientific Evidence For God (Strauss)


3 responses to “Two astrophysicists explain the evidence for God from cosmology.

  1. Your blog is a huge blessing and excellent resource! My 28 year old son who was raised in a solid Christian home has decided to become an atheist. Your blog has been a great encouragement. Keep up the great work.

  2. The big bang is not God friendly, because it is not science.
    Some of the scientific problems with the BB are:
    . There are about 60 moons revolving
    around the planets. If the Big Bang is true, they should all be spinning in the same direction, six of them don’t!
    Venus, Pluto and Uranus spin in the opposite direction of all the other planets! All the planets were supposed to be projected from the sun! Why are some spinning the wrong way?
    2. Where did the small, almost non-existent matter
    come from that was before the Big Bang? Is matter eternal? If so, why hasn’t it worn out yet?
    3. Where do you find, in real science, where an
    explosion/expansion produces perfect order and fine tuned balance of the vital elements?
    4. What was holding all this matter together?
    In addition, where did this amazing force come
    from that ripped the matter apart?

    5. All the stars, planets, comets and galaxies show signs
    of being very young. For example, look at the spiral galaxy.
    If the arms on the spiral galaxies have been rotating at
    their present speed for millions of years,
    then they would be mangled and coiled tight.

    6.The Big Bang theory only produces an expanding
    cloud of gas. Expanding clouds of gas do not
    spontaneously reverse their expansion and
    collapse into the kinds of objects that we
    observe in the real universe that we have.

    In the Big Bang scenario, the universe starts
    out infinitely small, infinitely hot, in a point called a “singularity.”
    All the energy in the universe, and even “space itself,” is contained in this point.
    As it expands, the energy forms matter.
    When energy is transformed into matter, it always produces
    an equal amount of a substance called “anti-matter”.
    Anti-matter is identical to ordinary matter in all respects except one: the charge of the particle is reversed. A normal proton has a positive electrical charge; the anti-proton has a negative electrical charge.
    Lab tests have shown that it is impossible to create matter from energy, without and equal amount of
    anti-matter being produced.
    If the Big Bang had actually happened, it too would produce an equal amount of anti-matter. The universe should have an equal amount of anti-matter. But it doesn’t. This problem for the big bang is actually a design feature for Biblical creation.
    When particles and anti particles touch, they destroy each other and release enormous
    amounts of energy. If God had made the universe with equal amounts of matter and anti-matter
    (as physics requires for a natural origin), then the matter in the universe would have been destroyed by contact with anti-matter.
    More problems with the Big Bang
    Based on the Big Bang theory, cosmologists predicted that the distribution of matter throughout the universe would be homogeneous.
    Thus, based upon the so-called Cosmological Principle,
    it was postulated that the distribution of galaxies in the universe would be essentially uniform. No matter in which direction one looked, if one looked far enough, one would see the same number of galaxies. There would be no large-scale clusters of galaxies or great voids in space.
    Recent research, however, has revealed massive super clusters of galaxies and vast voids in space. We exist in a very “clumpy” universe,
    which is the opposite of what the Big Bang model predicts.
    90% of matter is missing. The missing matter
    is called dark matter, you can’t see it but it is there.

    If 90% of matter is there but invisible, someone should have
    bumped into it by now.

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