Scientific Turnaround

At first, the scientific world believed that the universe was eternal. Then in 1978, the director of NASA’s Goddard Space Center, Dr. Robert Jastrow, published a piece in the New York Times Magazine outlining the overwhelming evidence that our universe inexplicably burst into existence, and concluded saying:

“This is an exceedingly strange development, unexpected by all but the theologians. They have always accepted the word of the Bible: In the beginning God created heaven and earth… For the scientist who has lived by his faith in the power of reason, the story ends like a bad dream. He has scaled the mountains of ignorance; he is about to conquer the highest peak; as he pulls himself over the final rock, he is greeted by a band of theologians who have been sitting there for centuries.”

On the one hand, these constant reversals prevent the scientific community from speaking with any real authority. On the other hand, it is fascinating to note how the reversals in recent years have more often than not bolstered the Torah perspective. The writings of many of today’s top astronomers, chemists, biologists and physicists are entirely consistent with our tradition. And even in the words of those who despise religions and religious values, and who would never consciously offer support for God’s existence, we can often detect inadvertent arguments for our perspective.

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By keyop on December 13, 2009 -- 11:55pm

So, to summarize:
Scientists argue over theories regarding unanswerable questions. THIRTY ONE YEARS AGO, a scientist weighed in on the Big Bang theory (which dates to 1931) and its acceptance over a prior “static universe” idea. This shift took generations, but for the sake of argument, we’ll call this “constant reversal” and dismiss scientific credibility.
Despite science’s lack of authority, it’s wonderful that some scientists validate our holy book in ways we won’t bother going into… Let’s just say they jibe with our “tradition”, and “perspective”.  And when they don’t it’s because G_d made them that way…
—Spurious and shameful. In a word, feh.

By Grace on December 14, 2009 -- 4:07am

I am a Christian and think it is vital that I learn all I can about Judaism we share so much in common. I have read many of your articles with great interest and enjoyment and most importantly -they have made me think carefully about many of my beliefs.
I try very hard to keep an open mind “why Jews don’t believe in Jesus” was particularly thought-provoking.
“Scientific Turnaround” confirms what we believers always knew “The big bang” = “Let there be light!” God bless you

By Matt on December 28, 2009 -- 5:47am

This is a nice article. I think it’s somewhat similar to the book “Search Judaism”. I saw part of the book excepted on another site,, and found your article to be a nice addition to that excerpt. In any case, more articles of this nature (no pun intended)would be helpful!

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