Science Settled

The Big Bang & Christian Cosmology

Before the formulation of the Big Bang theory, it was common for Christianity's opponents to declare that the universe had always existed. In his 1927 essay, "Why I Am Not a Christian," Bertrand Russell explained: "There is no reason why the world should not have always existed. There is no reason to suppose the world had a beginning at all. The idea that things must have a beginning is really due to the poverty of our imagination."1 Nearly fifty years earlier, Robert Ingersoll wrote in Some Mistakes of Moses: "The statement that in the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth, I cannot accept. I think matter must have existed forever. To conceive of a time when neither force...


studied film production at Northern Arizona University. He is an independent researcher, freelance writer, musician, and convert to Eastern Orthodoxy. He attends Saint John the Evangelist Orthodox Church in Tempe, Arizona, where he sings in the parish choir.

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #59, Winter 2021 Copyright © 2024 Salvo |


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