APOLOGETICS – Cosmological Evidence
Cosmology is the particular branch of astronomy involved in the study of the nature and origin of the universe. Recent discoveries in cosmology have had a profound impact on the creation / evolution debate. Until mid-way through last century, atheists have posited that the universe has always existed. Bertrand Russell, the notable atheist (1872 – 1970), stated, “The universe is just there, and that’s all!” Some remarkable developments over the last century, however, have led the way in overturning of this once strongly held presupposition. These developments include extrapolations from Einstein’s Theory of Relativity (by Georges Lemaitre and Aexander Friedmann), Edwin Hubble’s doppler red shift discoveries (1929), the discovery of cosmic microwave background radiation (CMBR) by Arno Penzias and Robert Wilson in 1964, and the more recent measurements of unexpected ambient temperatures of inter-quasar space.
These and other discoveries have led the majority of the world’s leading scientists to conclude that our universe had a beginning, and that matter itself came into existence from nothing! As Stephen Hawking stated, “All the evidence seems to indicate that the universe has not existed forever, but that it had a beginning. This is probably the most remarkable discovery of modern cosmology.”
The consequence of this is that there are a growing number of the world’s most respected scientists who, when faced with the impossibility of the universe popping into existence from nothing of its own accord, are reluctantly conceding that a supernatural first cause is the most tenable explanation for the origin of the universe.
Dr Robert Jastrow, astronomer, physicist and founder of NASA’s Goddard Institute of Space Studies, states, “Astronomers now find that they have painted themselves into a corner because they have proven, by their own methods, that the world began abruptly in an act of creation to which you can trace the seeds of every star, every planet, every living thing in this cosmos and on the earth. And they have found that all this happened as a product of forces they cannot hope to discover…. That there are what I or anyone would call supernatural forces at work is now, I think, a scientifically proven fact.”
The PowerPoint presentation below investigates in greater detail the astounding cosmological evidence that points to the creative intervention of an all-powerful God, to whom the universe owes its very existence.
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