The term "Big Bang" was sarcastically coined by the late Sir Fred Hoyle, Professor of Astronomy at Cambridge University, and who was acknowledged to have been one of the most creative scientists of the 20th century. Hoyle was a proponent of the history of the universe known as the Steady-State in which hydrogen atoms gradually coalesced into gas clouds, which then formed stars and galaxies. Even after the steady-state theory was disproven through observation, Hoyle still felt that it was completely inexplicable that the appearance of the entire universe could have been created from nothing.
Monsignor Georges Lemaitre (1894-1966), a Catholic priest and president of the Vatican's Pontifical Academy of Science, originated the concept for the Big Bang with his "Hypothesis of the Primeval Atom" which was based on the doctrine of the Catholic Church that the Universe was created by God from a single atom, much as Christ's miracle of multiplying the loaves of bread and fishes. Pope Pius XII endorsed his theory because it tied Holy Scripture to science. Monsignor Lemaitre described his theory as "a day without yesterday... The Cosmic Egg exploding at the moment of the creation." In a paper written in 1922, he wrote that the universe had begun in light just "as Genesis suggested it." He went on to state in poetic license: "The evolution of the world can be compared to a display of fireworks that has just ended: some few red wisps, ashes and smoke."
Sir Arthur Eddington (1882-1944), called the "Father of Modern Theoretical Astrophysics," and a devout Quaker, looked upon Monsignor Lemaitre's religious interpretation with great disdain: "The notion of an abrupt beginning to the present order of Nature is repugnant to me."
Albert Einstein (1879-1955), who profoundly believed in the existence of God, found Monsignor Lemaitre theory very suspect, because it was so strongly rooted to the Christian dogma of creationism and was both unprovable and unjustifiable from a basic physics point of view. Einstein told Monsignor Lemaitre that "your grasp of physics is abominable.
While Stephen Hawking now admits that he prefers other universe models to the Big Bang because the Big Bang "hints at divine creation," thousands of New-Age scientists now agree with the Bible, that the universe was created from nothing, had a distinct beginning and will have an end. This is not the first time in history that so many bright minds have religiously followed the wrong path: The Ptolemaic universe governed scientific thought for over 17 centuries; The religious belief that the earth was at the very center of the universe. Now the Big Bang has become the modern religious belief that everything was created from nothing. The Big Bang is the religious precursor to Intelligent Design, the latest fad in born-again science. Religion will never see the Face of God by marrying Science. Such an ill-conceived union gives rise to conceptual abominations that can only live in the Dark Ages, never to survive the light of reason.
These mystic-theorists create hypotheses that when applied to the evolution of the cosmos cannot be tested in any meaningful way, nor can cosmologists make actual predictions based upon them.
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