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Faith and Science

    Whenever  I write a bird article that mentions scientific evidence of evolution such as ‘Leaping Lizards’ ( a story about 150 million year old fossilized remains of a flying lizard that marked the beginning of the Avian Evolution) we are certain of two things: The story will present accurate and physical evidence presented by leading ornithologists and scientists in the study of early and current bird life - and our e-mail will be deluged with letters from readers who reject evolutionary theory. Most of the critics object as a matter of scriptural principal; others say they have scientific evidence that calls evolution into question.

    Faith and science have at least one thing in common: both are life long searches for truth, but while faith is an unshakable belief in the unseen, science is the study of testable, observable phenomena.

    The idea ‘Achaeopteryx’ was the cornerstone for the evolution of birds is every bit as believable to us as St. Francis of Assisi saying he believed God created the birds for man’s enlightenment and entertainment. Scientists have no more business questioning the existence of God than theologians had telling Galileo the earth was the center of the universe.

    We feel these two beliefs can coexist and at times complement each other, but neither should be asked to validate or invalidate each other.

However having said that,There is no centre of the universe!  According to the standard theories of cosmology, the universe started with a "Big Bang" about 14 billion years ago and has been expanding ever since.  Yet there is no centre to the expansion.  It is the same everywhere.  The Big Bang should not be visualised as an ordinary explosion.  The universe is not expanding out from a centre into space.  The whole universe itself is expanding and it is doing so equally at all places, as far as we can tell.

In 1929 Edwin Hubble announced that he had measured the speed of galaxies at different distances away and had discovered that the further they were away from us the faster they were receding.  This seems to suggest that we are at the centre of the expanding universe, but it must be remembered that motion is relative.  If the universe is expanding uniformly according to Hubble's law it will appear to do so from any galaxy.