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Science Meets Scripture with Mark Middelberg

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In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1

Much has been written about the origin of the universe. Has it always been here, or did it have a beginning? If it did have a beginning, what caused it to come into existence?

In the early twentieth century an understanding emerged that gradually formed the prevailing theory among cosmologists. “In the beginning there was an explosion,” explained Nobel Prize–winning physicist Steven Weinberg. “Not an explosion like those familiar on earth, starting from a definite center and spreading out to engulf more and more of the circumambient air, but an explosion which occurred simultaneously everywhere, filling all space from the beginning, with every particle of matter rushing apart from every other particle.”

Within the tiniest split second, the temperature hit a hundred thousand million degrees Centigrade. “This is much hotter than in the center of even the hottest star,” he wrote.

The matter rushing apart, he explained, consisted of such elementary particles as negatively charged electrons, positively charged positrons, and neutrinos, which lack both electrical charge and mass. Interestingly, there were also photons: “The universe,” he said, “was filled with light.”

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