At one time or another, most people have found themselves questioning how the universe was created and what they truly believe in, science, religion, or a mixture of the two. In a new Associated Press poll conducted from March 20-24, 2014, the Big Bang theory along with many other hot topics were questioned and people were not shy about voicing their opinions.
Many people were able to answer some of the poll questions with ease and certainty, such as does smoking cause cancer. Only four percent of Americans doubt that smoking actually causes cancer while 96 percent are confident it does.
However, the issue of the Big Bang theory is another matter. People were not so quick to believe the event occurred. After the results of the poll were tallied, leading scientists across the nation were depressed and upset by some of the results. One area in particular that did not sit well with them was the fact that the majority of all Americans, 51 percent to be exact question the validity of the Big Bang theory. Only 21 percent of those polled were extremely confident in the Big Bang theory.
One scientist, Anthony Leiserowitz, the director of the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication noted that the poll did little more than highlight the “iron triangle of science, religion, and politics.” Nobel Prize winner, Randy Schekman from the University of California at Berkeley added that he believes “science ignorance is pervasive in our society.”
The Big Bang theory was questioned in the new poll, and according to that theory, the universe was created approximately 14 billion years ago in a single, violent event, and scientists have worked tirelessly to prove the theory using mathematical models and observations based on Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity. However, those who believe in a higher power say God created heaven and earth in six days and rested on the seventh, and therefore the Big Bang did not really occur.
While everybody is entitled to his or her own opinions and beliefs, scientists get miffed because they have established calculations that they believe prove the universe was indeed created by the Big Bang and yet people still do not believe or find it hard to believe. However, those same people find it easy to believe in a higher power based on faith with no proof in hand, but that is exactly what faith is, right – belief based on spiritual apprehension rather than on what can be seen or proven.
Religion versus science is an age-old argument. Events such as the Big Bang theory directly go against everything Christians have been taught. They are taught to stand on faith and simply believe God is the all-powerful and that He created the universe, whereas scientists seek to find an answer that can definitively prove a theory.
Then there is the political side of things. The poll results concluded that political and scientific views were closely tied together and that Democrats were more easily able to believe in things such as evolution, the Big Bang theory, the age of the Earth, and climate change than the Republicans were.
While the Big Bang theory seems to be one of the more controversial questions asked in the new poll, other topics left many people feeling perplexed, such as the safety and effectiveness of childhood vaccinations. Only 53 percent of Americans were extremely confident that these vaccines were safe and effective for children in the fight to ward off disease.
Opinion By Donna W. Martin