WharfRat wrote:Cornbread Maxwell wrote:WharfRat wrote:Cornbread Maxwell wrote:Coppermine wrote:Taking a "leap of faith" is where people see science and religion part ways, but that parting should not be taught in schools because different religions part at different places and where religion branches off from science is not scientific at all, but faith-based.
This is exactly why I question whether or not the Big Bang theory should be taught as science - or if it is, then it should be specifically taught as what happened AFTER life began - not as an explanation for HOW life began. The Big Bang theory uses a large "leap of faith" from what it can measure to that point of origin.
The Big Bang happened before life began, not after, so I'm not sure how you'd teach it otherwise...unless I'm not reading that right. I admit I'm a little confused by your post.
I am referring to the point of origin where something began living - be it plant or animal. Basically - what caused an inanimate, unliving object to live?
Okay, point of clarity - check out Rugby's post above, for starters. There are three areas of study that we have been talking about in this thread. Here they are in chronological order, as I understand them:
1) The Big Bang occurred, creating the universe, depositing matter, setting space/time "in motion", etc. That's field one.
2) The Origin of Life happened on Earth a looooooooong time after that, in which self-replicating carbon-based life became a reality (however it may have happened). That is field two.
3) Evolution is the process through which those original single-cell life forms became more and more complex, and this process began to occurr "immediately" after the Origin of Life (immediately in geological or cosmological terms). That is field three.
No - this is not at all what I am talking about when I say the origin of life. I am specifically talking about that point that started the Big Bang. The science of the big bang measures everything from a point - but it does not measure that singular point - it cannot. It cannot measure what happened the moment that things were set in motion - rather it can only measure that it was set in motion. Do you understand now?