Before it was a sitcom, the Big Bang Theory was a scientific answer to how the universe began 13.7 billion years ago. We have, they say, an expanding universe which started way back then when a very dense “primeval atom” went bang! I have just recently read a couple of lay explanations of what actually happened at the Big Bang which have stuck in my mind.

The first goes something like this:

In the beginning was nothing

And nothing happened to nothing

Until nothing suddenly, magically, exploded into a universe

For no reason.

Does that make sense to you? That’s what atheists believe!

I have been unable to locate the website for the second explanation which compares the Big Bang to a fireworks display so I will have to wing it on my own:

Imagine the best fireworks you have ever seen. One after another they are propelled into the sky where they explode into a series of brilliant light clusters in many different colors, which radiate outward until they disappear into the night sky. Sometimes such a cluster will give rise to many smaller light shows which no sooner disappear than another is sent into the air with more bangs, more brilliance and more ooh’s and ah’s until the grand finale when the sky is filled with bursting lights and the earth rocks with the sound.

You know that this amazing display didn’t “just happen.” You know that there are people who specialize in making fireworks and each firework is designed to produce a special effect in a certain color with a certain sound, and they will die doing it. You might say each firework is “programmed” to produce a special display.  No one entertains the thought that this whole show produced itself.

In like manner it seems more reasonable to believe that the universe exploded into existence when God said “Let it be!” God knew when it began how it would end and so fine-tuned it that our own Earth, for instance, was just the right distance from the sun, had just the right atmosphere, just the right substrate, just enough water to support life — and he then put plants, animals, and people there. Until I learn of a better explanation for how our expanding universe began, why it has laws that can be learned, and why we are here on earth, this is the explanation that makes the most sense to me.

12-year-old Jake Barnett, a genius with Asperger’s syndrome and an IQ of 170, is tackling the theory of relativity and disputing the Big Bang theory. He says he thinks in four and five dimensions and wants to do research in the field of astrophysics.

Glenn Beck introduces Jake Barnett:

Perhaps in his lifetime Jacob Barnett will contribute to our understanding of the beginning of the cosmos. For the time being, as you can see, he is quite good at calculus. He is a truly gifted child (doesn’t “gift” imply a giver?)

George Washington Carver wrote: “When I was young, I said to God, god, tell me the mystery of the universe. But God answered, that knowledge is for me alone. So I said, god, tell me the mystery of the peanut. Then God said, well, George, that’s more nearly your size.”

Let’s see how Jake Barnett will play out the hand he has been dealt. He has done nothing to merit his extraordinary talents. May he appreciate his gifts, seek truth, enjoy beauty, and be good to his fellow man.


A nonsensical history of the increasingly complex universe.


We get closer to God as we get more intimately and understandingly acquainted with the things He has created. I know of nothing more inspiring than that of making discoveries for one’s self.” — George Washington Carver