SOURCE: Vision Media Productions

September 12, 2007 13:41 ET

Science and Environment: Going Beyond Religion and Ethical Issues

Does the Big Bang Theory Help Us to Define our Identity, Our Society and Culture?

PASADENA, CA--(Marketwire - September 12, 2007) - "How was the world started?" This was the question recently posed at Yahoo's ask, answer and discover. The first answer sums up the philosophical issue.

"Some will say that God created this world, others will say that there was an explosion in space which created it."

This question has troubled man for as long as scientific discovery has challenged religion and ethical issues.

Ralph Alpher's PhD dissertation on the Big Bang theory in 1948 first popularized the scientific theory of an explosion in space which started the universe. Initially ridiculed for his discovery that the universe occurred 14 billion years ago with a super hot explosion, Alpher died a few months ago aged 86.

The theory is still raising questions -- in an article by Vision Media titled "Getting past the Big Bang" Dan Cloer goes beyond science and environment to question why the beginning of the world should matter to us. And if there were a big bang, what happened before that?

"But what if the big bang never happened?" asks Cloer. "What if there was no beginning, no origin event at all? Where then is the need for a first cause, a fuse to light, or a Lighter?"

Cloer is concerned that a misguided sense of origins creates an unsteady foundation on which an individual builds a life or, collectively, a culture builds a civilization. We examine science and the environment in order to define our reality, our thinking and our identity which we base on an understanding of the past. We turn also to religion and ethical issues to seek a relationship with our Creator so that we can know something beyond our own imagination and the physical limitations of the universe we perceive.

Our society and culture is defined by a philosophical issue, an apparent conflict between the discoveries of science and the stories of our beginnings passed down to us by past spiritual leaders.

When we learn more, as we do each day, we may each find an individual truth where religion and ethical issues can be reconciled with science and the environment.

About Vision.org

Vision.org is a Web site that challenges readers to examine the historical and philosophical origins of today's issues. Readers find articles from Vision's quarterly international companion journal Vision as well as other articles, interviews and information that help give direction in today's era.

While Vision.org examines the issues of today, it is not primarily a news site, rather, it seeks to evaluate the news of the day in a more in-depth way than most issue-oriented publications. Vision.org brings insight into the complex social, moral and philosophical questions that confront society by examining them through the wisdom of an ancient source, the Bible.

Based in Pasadena California, Vision's mission is to give its readers a deeper understanding of the causes of problems with which humanity wrestles, commitment to accuracy and an honest treatment of the facts of every issue. For more information, visit www.vision.org

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