Robert Jastrow ends his book with this quote, " 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 In spite of a sometimes uneven writing style, a great account of the development of the Big Bang theory, and the inherent theological implications found therein. One of the most quoted lines concludes the penultimate chapter.
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Robert Jastrow September 7, — February 8, was an American astronomer and planetary physicist. He was a NASA scientist, populist author and futurist. He went to Columbia University for college and graduate school, where he received his A.
Afterwards he joined NASA when it was formed in Concurrently he was also a Professor of Geophysics at Columbia University. His expressed views on creation were that although he was an "agnostic, and not a believer",  it seems to him that "the curtain drawn over the mystery of creation will never be raised by human efforts, at least in the foreseeable future"  due to "the circumstances of the Big Bang -the fiery holocaust that destroyed the record of the past".
In an interview with Christianity Today, Jastrow said "Astronomers now find they have painted themselves into a corner because they have proven, by their own methods, that the world began abruptly in an act of creation to which you can trace the seeds of every star, every planet, every living thing in this cosmos and on the earth.
And they have found that all this happened as a product of forces they cannot hope to discover. That there are what I or anyone would call supernatural forces at work is now, I think, a scientifically proven fact. He was open to the possibility of extra-terrestrial life in the universe, but skeptical of the proposed alien origin of UFOs due to a lack of strong physical evidence that would support this hypothesis.
Marshall Institute  to counter the scientists who were arguing against U. This institute was later critical of the scientific consensus on anthropogenic global warming. The details differ, but the essential elements in the astronomical and Biblical accounts of Genesis are the same: the chain of events leading to man commenced suddenly and sharply at a definite moment in time, in a flash of light and energy. They come from the heart whereas you would expect the judgments to come from the brain.
I think part of the answer is that scientists cannot bear the thought of a natural phenomenon which cannot be explained, even with unlimited time and money. There is a kind of religion in science; it is the religion of a person who believes there is order and harmony in the Universe.
Every event can be explained in a rational way as the product of some previous event; every effect must have its cause, there is no First Cause. When that happens, the scientist has lost control. If he really examined the implications, he would be traumatized.
Science has proved that the universe exploded into being at a certain moment. It asks: What cause produced this effect? Who or what put the matter or energy into the universe? And science cannot answer these questions, because, according to the astronomers, in the first moments of its existence the Universe was compressed to an extraordinary degree, and consumed by the heat of a fire beyond human imagination.
The shock of that instant must have destroyed every particle of evidence that could have yielded a clue to the cause of the great explosion. He has scaled the mountain 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. Scientists have no proof that life was not the result of an act of creation, but they are driven by the nature of their profession to seek explanations for the origin of life that lie within the boundaries of natural law.
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One would have to appeal to religion and the hand of God. Was he attacking proponents of intelligent design? No; he was lamenting his latest birthday presents. This forces the community of naturalistic astronomers to face what they have been trying to avoid: a beginning. What problem, exactly? Opponents of ID routinely argue that a designer for the universe would necessarily be a supernatural God.
God and the Astronomers
Robert Jastrow September 7, — February 8, was an American astronomer and planetary physicist. He was a NASA scientist, populist author and futurist. He went to Columbia University for college and graduate school, where he received his A. Afterwards he joined NASA when it was formed in Concurrently he was also a Professor of Geophysics at Columbia University.
God and the Astronomers, Revisited
Robert Jastrow September 7 , — February 8 , was an American astronomer , physicist and cosmologist. This article about a physicist is a stub. You can help Wikiquote by expanding it. With the further passage of time, groups of cells within those colonies assumed specialized functions of food-gathering, digestion, the structural features of an outer skin, and so on; thus began the stage of evolution leading to the complex, many-celled creatures which dominate life today.
Theologians are delighted that the astronomical evidence leads to a biblical view of Genesis — but curiously, astronomers are upset. Here he lectures on cosmology in Berkeley in Wilson telescope in Einstein traveled halfway around the world to meet with Hubble, and finally accepted the idea of an expanding universe, derived from Einstein's own equations.