The history of the Catholic Church is one that has been at odds with #Science and knowledge, and in its attempts to assert control it blocked and persecuted knowledge and its seekers with extreme prejudice.Then along came the Gutenberg Bible, throwing a wrench into the Church's monopoly of holy knowledge by mass printing the Bible, the rise of the Renaissance, followed centuries later by the Age of Reason. The Church's control of knowledge it would seem had been broken. Or was it?
Big Bang mythology
It might come as a surprise to you that the original proponent of The Big Bang Theory was a Catholic priest by the name of Georges Lemaitre, who based his theory on the redshift of distant galaxies (DeSitter) and Einstein's theory of general relativity. A couple of years later came Hubble's Law which formulated the Redshift Distance Law (RDL) of galaxies that interprets redshift as recessionary speed.
Sounds all good, right? Except that, what they believe to be 'empirical' in respect to the RDL is in fact an assumption, for no-one asked the question; could the redshift be indicative of something else, like perhaps, the age of a stellar object? And to make matters worse, when new data came along that suggested their assumptions were wrong, they did what the religious do when confronted with dogma conflicting truth; they ignored and denied it.
It should be noted that Hubble himself did not say with absolute certainty that the redshift was a sign of recessional velocity. In all his papers and talks on the subject, he always qualified his statements with an “if”. It should also be noted that when his once assistant, Halton Arp revealed images of stellar objects with different redshift values that were attached by filaments of energy and matter, there-by by contradicting these new theories, he found himself ostracized from the astrophysical community, denied telescope time, papers rejected and had to leave the U.S. to pursue his work. Such is the religiosity of modern science.
Einstein's general relativity
Albert Einstein is no doubt a genius theoretical #Physics and mathematics, but even geniuses can be wrong. His theory of General Relativity is an unproven theory, yet it forms the basis of so much belief in cosmology today. In it he takes 'space' ~ which is nothing more than a location in three dimensions, and 'time' ~ that concept without physical properties which allows change to occur and combines them together to form 'space-time'. How do you take two concepts without physical properties and combine them to make something physical? It is absurd, yet it somehow forms the basis of all theoretical physics today and has given rise of the invisible black holes, dark energy/matter and even more mythical constructs as they struggle to balance their equations.
The Church and the Big Bang
When the Big Bang Theory became accepted, scientists around the world celebrated for finally they had a story of creation that dismissed with the notion of a creator God and in no time it became the holiest of hollies for atheists. Meanwhile, the Vatican, the center of Catholic belief announced that they approved of Lemaitre's theory of the “Primeval Atom”, aka, The Big Bang, for it allowed for a creator God to fill the biggest hole in the theory, that being there is no explanation for how everything comes from nothing.
Any theory goes through an evolution and is generally considered, 'to the best of our knowledge at this time', but there comes a time when one must question the accepted theory especially when that theory has more variable data than verifiable data, such as the Big Bang Theory today. More importantly, when one considers the history of Catholicism in relation to science and its attempts to put down science, one must seriously question any theory alluding to the creation of the universe that the Church accepts. Let's not forget Galileo.