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Life, the Universe, and Everything

By Mary Jane Miller


You should love Big Bang because the discovery of Big Bang was the most amazing, stunning, unbelievable, extraordinary, mind-boggling, gob-smacking, paradigm-shattering, science-altering event in the history of human thought, and it brought the discussion over the existence of God back onto the table.

Initially, Albert Einstein rejected the Big Bang theory out-of-hand as ridiculous; plus it messed up a perfectly good equation. Not only did Einstein reject it, most, if not all, scientists rejected it. Einstein rejected it even though his own personal General Theory of Relativity predicted it a full decade before there was any evidence that the beginning of space might be a Big Bang. He didn’t put a Big Bang in there, so it was quite a shock when it popped out. When all the evidence started to line up in support of the Big Bang, Einstein had to go back and fix his equation, which made it beautiful once again.

The British astronomer Fred Hoyle rejected Big Bang cosmology saying it had a deep-rooted attachment to the first chapter of Genesis, God as the unknowable beginning. Ironically, science rejected it because it sounded too much like religion, and religion rejected it because it sounds too much like science.

In 1905 Einstein discovered that time is not a constant. Time has a speed, and its speed slows down as you speed up, space-time is actually flexible, bendable, and warp-able. What’s more, he discovered that space and time aren’t separate. They’re woven together and possibly interchangeable.

The Big Bang was that moment when space and time came into existence, Christians say, “In the beginning was God.” Before Big Bang, there was no … before. No space. No time. No nothing. There was no there, there for anything to be there in, no when for anything to be then in.

Then, in a tiny, tiny fraction of a second, the rate of expansion perfect to one part in ten to the sixtieth, the universe blew itself into existence. In a moment, singularity became a universe-sized universe, a cosmos-sized cosmos, the whole process taking far less than a nanosecond. We are the dust particles from that one instant. Everything … came from … nothing.

Andy Fletcher’s talks are a fascinating, a gripping exploration of the way we think the universe is, contrasted dramatically with the way it actually is. We persist in our belief that everything is logical and reasonable, that everything makes sense, and that we can pretty much understand everything of importance in science and nature.

Join us at St Paul’s Anglican Church Monday, Tuesday Wednesday, Feb 12, 13, 14 for the crazy, interesting and mind-blowing thoughts coming from Andrew Fletcher, back by popular demand. If you did not hear him last year, you will not want to miss this year! All welcome donations accepted at the door.



“Life, the Universe, and Everything”

By Andrew Fletcher

Mon–Wed, Feb 12–14, 11am–1pm

St Paul’s Church, Cardo 6

All welcome donations accepted at the door


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