Really Big Bang

To the Editor:

Joseph Pineo’s recent letter-to-the editor (CR 11/8/21) lays out his opposition to the teaching of science, such as the “big bang” theory of the origin of the universe, that attempts to answer the question “how, and when, did the universe come into being?” His letter doesn’t state what his own answers to this question might be, but he paints scientists as atheists, so it is reasonable to assume that Pineo has some religious beliefs.

I have read (Witzel “The Origins of the World’s Mythologies”) that religion fills in the gap between what is known scientifically and what can be conjured in the imagination of man. I certainly agree with this. Ancient man did not have the scientific capabilities we have today. Many imaginary stories have been passed down through time as attempts to explain the origins of the universe, mankind’s place in the universe, and the universe’s ultimate destruction. Witzel documents this storyline’s origin in shamanistic practices at least 65,000 years old.

Belief in the unseen can be comforting and even rapturous, but it can lead to unhealthy delusions such as a “chosen people”, heaven and hell, and divine resurrection, none of which has any scientific validity at all. The ability of science to explain and predict is far superior to anything religion has to offer.

We respond to and love imaginative stories and the rituals that go with them. They serve a cultural purpose for organizing life. Hang in there, however, as the real answers to our eternal questions will become known through valid scientific methods and proofs, which definitely should be taught in schools. Encourage your children to learn, question, and explore, the universe awaits their input.

Michael Scanlon

Littleton, N. H.


(3) comments

James Nagle

"In 1996, scientists at NASA declared that a 6.3-ounce rock, broken off from a Mars meteorite discovered in Antarctica in 1984, contained flecks of chemical compounds — polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, magnetite, and iron sulfide — that suggested the existence of bacteria on the Red Planet 3.6 billion years ago. "August 7, 1996, could go down as one of the most important dates in human history," intoned one newspaper report. But within two years the theory began to crack.

Traces of amino acids found in the rock, crucial to life, were also found in the surrounding Antarctic ice. More damning, other non-Martian rocks — rocks from the moon, where it is clear life does not exist — showed the same "evidence" of life. By November 1998 an article in Science declared "most researchers agree that the case for life on Mars is shakier than ever."" - Source

It would appear that science is never absolute.

"And the LORD shall scatter you among the nations, and ye shall be left few in number among the heathen, whither the LORD shall lead you. 28And there ye shall serve gods, the work of men's hands, wood and stone, which neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell. 29But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul. - Source the Holy Bible

The Word of God. Absolute since the beginning of time. Amen.

Pursuit knowledge of good and evil is the curse of man. He can not turn himself from it, as he has turned away from the Lord. For it is written "And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years". Seek the Lord and find Peace that no earthly science could ever hope to prove actually exists. For with that proof, comes the end for the need of science. Peace be with you all the days of your life.

Michael Scanlon

Malarkey. A story told and retold reliably is just that, a story told reliably, which doesn’t mean is actually valid. Fairy tales are told reliably, too. It doesn’t matter if it helps you pas the time and mitigate your fear of death.

James Nagle

"Peace be with you always" is met by insult after insult and conjecture? As a man of science, I find it odd you are making so many assumptions (about me) without attempting to establish facts via the scientific method. I am inclined to see your malarkey and raise you a fraud. But, alas, I shall retreat from where I am not wanted. I do not know you. So it shall remain. As for God? He wants to know you. He calls you unceasingly to repent from the temptation of evil and reject sin. He calls you to accept Jesus Christ as your savior that you may have eternal life. That's the deal. I will admit, it is a very narrow and difficult path to follow. But by your past comments, you seem tough enough for the task. The question is, will you ever be weak enough to know it? God bless you sir. Good day.

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