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Most recent answer: 11/08/2010
Q:
I hear people saying that God is war with science. I donít believe that. For ex the big bang is in the bible and the quran. Is 40 26. http://scratch.mit.edu/projects/calebxy/1035953 In the quran (21:30). islamic.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/Quran.pdf Those are website you can go on to see more thing in the bible and Quran. Is science war with God? As physics can you check those things in the bible and Quran true or false?
- Musa S (age 20)
neptune,NJ.USA.
A:
We're not the right people to ask to interpret those texts. Presumably it requires some knowledge of context, etc. to know what they were intended to mean.  So we don't really know if they should be taken as agreeing with modern science or not.

What we do know is that when we talk about things like the Big Bang, we mean rather specific mathematical theories. These theories make detailed predictions for things like tiny details of the distribution of microwave background radiation, or the pattern of frequency shifts from stars at different distances. Each theory has had to undergo significant revision in the light of data. Even now, there are cyclic alternatives to the standard Big Bang theory, and these make different predictions for statistics of ripples in the microwave background. The data needed to decide aren't in yet.

Mike W.

(published on 11/08/2010)

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