View unanswered posts | View active topics It is currently Wed Oct 18, 2017 9:25 pm



Reply to topic  [ 6 posts ] 
Quote on Religion and the Big Bang 
Author Message

Joined: Sun Jan 13, 2013 3:13 pm
Posts: 2
Post Quote on Religion and the Big Bang
Hope someone here can help me; One of the characters in a Heinlein story or novel said something to the effect that believing in the Big Bang with out believing in a God was for scientists who liked their religion straight with no soda, or vice-versa. I can't remember the exact quote. The gist was, it's just as much a leap of faith to believe a universe that began with a Big Bang as one created by an omnipotent God. I thought that it might be something Jubal Harshaw said in "Stranger in a Strange Land", but my searches there yielded no fruit. So I tried the other books Jubal was in--Number of the Beast, Cat Who Walks Through Walls, To Sail Beyond the Sunset--and didn't have any luck.

My next thought was it was Lazarus, and so I went through The Past Through Tomorrow and Time Enough for Love, but didn't have any luck there, either.

So now I'm stuck. One of the juveniles? (Seems pretty anti-religious for a juvenile.) Somewhere else? Help!


Sun Jan 13, 2013 3:30 pm
Profile
Heinlein Nexus
User avatar

Joined: Thu Apr 10, 2008 8:10 am
Posts: 2228
Location: Pacific NorthWest
Post Re: Quote on Religion and the Big Bang
It does not ring a bell. I would bet this is not Heinlein, although it is his style.


Sun Jan 13, 2013 3:59 pm
Profile WWW
NitroForum Oldster
User avatar

Joined: Thu Apr 10, 2008 7:57 am
Posts: 669
Location: DC Metro
Post Re: Quote on Religion and the Big Bang
I don't recall any specific references to the Big Bang theory in any of Heinlein's writings. Maybe Expanded Universe?

_________________
"Being right too soon is socially unacceptable." - Heinlein, Expanded Universe


Thu Jan 31, 2013 7:42 am
Profile WWW
PITA Bred
User avatar

Joined: Wed Apr 09, 2008 12:17 pm
Posts: 2401
Location: The Quiet Earth
Post Re: Quote on Religion and the Big Bang
I did just come across a reference that the name came from a dismissive tag applied to the theory. One of those cases where an insult stuck as a legitimate monicker.


Thu Jan 31, 2013 10:08 am
Profile

Joined: Thu Aug 21, 2008 12:40 pm
Posts: 537
Post Re: Quote on Religion and the Big Bang
Maybe this is it?

From Glory Road, chap. 10:
Quote:
Some hold to a teleologic explanation, asserting that Man evolves alike in all essential particulars in every universe that can support him because of Divine Plan--or through blind necessity, depending on whether the scholar takes his religion straight or chases it with soda.


Thu Jan 31, 2013 8:57 pm
Profile

Joined: Sun Jan 13, 2013 3:13 pm
Posts: 2
Post Re: Quote on Religion and the Big Bang
That's it! Thank you, Bill!


Thu Jan 31, 2013 9:19 pm
Profile
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Reply to topic   [ 6 posts ] 

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 4 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
cron
Powered by phpBB © 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007 phpBB Group.
Designed by STSoftware for PTF