Hannah Malcolm, Project Coordinator God and the Big Bang Project

God and the Big Bang

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14 thoughts on “Hannah Malcolm, Project Coordinator God and the Big Bang Project

  1. Ah, yes, Hannah, Douglas Adams:

    “Isn’t it enough to see that a garden is beautiful, without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?”

    Clearly not in your case.

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  2. I hadn’t heard of the God and the Big Bang Project before. Here it is: https://gatbb.co.uk It is a blatantly evangelical organisation, aimed at inserting Christianity into science at school through pretending that there are hard questions about ‘life, the universe and everything’ that can only be answered by religion. It seeks to subvert both students and their teachers, although I would hope that most of the latter will have nothing to do with it. Inevitably it is funded by the Templeton Foundation.

    On any other programme than TftD, this woman could have been held to account for the lies and distortions she is trying to introduce into science teaching. As it is, she had three minutes of free publicity for her pernicious views. Disgraceful.

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  3. “Yuri Gagarin was the first human in space. He didn’t see Jesus because he came from an atheistic regime.
    “It’s 50 years since some men reached the moon. They didn’t see Jesus either but, well, that doesn’t prove anything. Still, a Christian on the mission did Christian stuff – so there.
    “Douglas Adams wasn’t a Christian so how could he see Jesus? He told stories which put human puniness into perspective and mocked the idea of the universe having a designer (well, we can’t agree on everything, obvs).
    “According to my BBoMS, all of physical reality exists under a dome – Jesus must be just above it which is why we can’t see him (like, QED, innit).
    “The Big Bang happened though Jesus, even when people could see him, didn’t mention it in my BBoMS – isn’t he adorably mysterious!”

    A lesson from ‘God & the Big Bang’ must be one long argument from design, that designer being a specific, moulded, unbiblical version of one of the many IMFs available nowadays. We should resist their influence at every turn.

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  4. Well skewered ,Dave. Second newcomer in a week ?That noise you can hear is someone in Religion and Ethics scraping the bottom of the barrel.

    And I’m not sure she’s thought through the pros and cons of going on. A lot more people now know about their duplicitous activities in schools. Might find it was better staying under the radar.

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  5. Completely off topic: I have just had a visit from the Jehovah’s Witnesses, the first for many years. They tried to tell me that the Bible contains all the answers to the problems of the world, so I had a good opportunity to explain not only that I was an atheist but also that the Bible is entirely man-made and hugely self-contradictory. I was ever so polite and courteous, but they still beat a retreat after about six minutes.

    Clearly their policy of hanging around town centres and waiting for people to come up and talk to them isn’t working!

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    1. I noticed they had a stall on a market in a West Yorkshire town this morning. Perhaps they hope that the spacing of stalls will prevent people giving them a wide berth as tends to happen in pedestrianised town centres?

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  6. How quickly did Jesus travel after levitating into space? If he went up and kept going at say, 10mph, he wouldn’t have got as far as the Moon even after 2,000 years. Since he could have gone in any direction depending on the time of day and the time of year, we would have to search a colossal volume of space to have any hope of finding him. Since he could have been travelling at anything up to the speed of light, he could be pretty much anywhere inside a sphere with a radius of around 2,000 light years. It is hardly surprising that nobody saw him really.

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  7. I’ve just realised that my previous post makes a really good point about the absurdity of mixing science with superstition.

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  8. A case of A kid being misled by the religious.
    I have a smart 7 year old neighbour. We often have a short chat about things … usually lego, his dog, my dog etc.
    But yesterday he was complaining that he had been stung on the legs by nettles growing in the hedge. I asked him if he knew why nettles sting expecting him say something about protection from grazing animals.

    But he said god made the nettles.
    So I asked him if he really thought that god would make things that could hurt him.
    He said god made them and that nettles sting because god wanted them to sting.
    So I asked if he knew why god would make things such as nettles.
    He said yes because there are nettles (pointing to the nettle clump) and god made them.
    I asked ‘why’ again.
    Because god made them like that.

    I asked him who told him god made the nettles.
    He replied “my teacher and the people who come to school to tell us about how god created everything”.

    A smart kid being led to beleive nonsense by evangelistic busy bodies.

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  9. DeviousDave puts his finger on it – the ‘world’ that the IMF is credited with having created is NOT the one that centuries of scientific study has revealed to us. Yet people like today’s speaker have the gall to claim it all for her IMF. The ‘cosmos’ of the BBOMS didn’t extend beyond the lands and peoples of the Middle East and the celestial bodies apparent to the naked eye. The scriptural writers believed there was water above the sky (not deep space) and water beneath the ‘earth’ (which definitely wasn’t a globe revolving in space). The same writers, who claimed ‘creation’ for their IMF, didn’t even know that Australia existed, or the polar regions, let alone the sun’s planetary system or other galaxies.

    And, as has been noted on this site countless times, which bodies put up the greatest opposition to scientific exploration and discovery? The religious ones.

    I share the disgust and outrage for this scurrilous organisation expressed above.

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  10. I ought to have excepted Islam from the religious ‘bodies’ opposed to science. Ancient Mesopotamia was the cradle of astronomical study, and as any modern star-gazer knows well, many of the longest known stars have Arabic names. So, apologies to all those pioneering Islamic scholars.

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