Religion and science can seem to oppose each other but many Hindus believe the Big Bang is a scientific theory that sits alongside their religious beliefs and offers no challenge to their faith.
What makes scientific research empirical?
It is based on ideas that cannot be tested
It will not accept anything that goes against the theory
It involves experiments and observation to provide evidence
What is the main difference between religious and scientific truths?
Religious truths are not based upon empirical evidence
Science depends totally on what people believe
Religious truths are totally based upon empirical evidence
When did the Big Bang take place?
30,000 years ago
2 billion years ago
14 billion years ago
How did the Big Bang happen?
Two clouds of particles collided
All matter and energy in the universe expanded rapidly, and eventually stars, galaxies and planets were formed
A star went into supernova and exploded outward
Who devised the theory of evolution?
How do many Hindus view creation and time?
As eternal cycles
As having a definite beginning and end
As being very valuable
How do many Hindus view the Big Bang theory?
It makes no sense at all
It goes against all the teachings in Hindu scripture
It sits well alongside many teachings in Hindu scripture
Why do some Hindus think that the theory of evolution does NOT fit with teachings from scripture?
It is less than 300 years old, so it is far too new
It does not include reference to atman
It has too much reference to atman
What reason could be given as to why some Hindus believe the theory of evolution fits quite well with teachings from scripture?
They link the animal avatar of Vishnu to evolution
They believe the person who devised evolution was a Hindu
They link evolution to worship
Why do many Hindus view following a career in science or medicine to be a good action?
Using your abilities to make lots of money is a positive action
Using your abilities to improve or save lives is a positive action and may be viewed as dharma
They want to have successful careers