Again the lines of science and religion are crossing in this post. But since this is my blog I can do whatever I want. :) It's who I am, in reality I'm a gospel nerd as much as I am a science nerd. And they go together quite beautifully in my opinion. So that is my disclaimer, choose to read or not, and I do invite you to comment.
"Anyone who has studied the inner workings of the human body has seen God moving in His majesty and power. ..Some think such marvelous things happened by chance or resulted from a big bang somewhere. Ask yourself - could an explosion in a printing shop produce a dictionary?"
-Russell M. Nelson, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
I define myself as an open-minded skeptic. (Those two adjectives are not antagonists, I promise.) I don't personally believe in the Big Bang Theory. I must admit I need to learn more about it. But I am a big believer that truth is logical. The things I believe - both in science and in religion - make sense. To allow us to learn, grow, and do many good things by our free will, God gave us many tools - most notably our brain. The Big Bang theory doesn't make sense to me. Mostly, the evidences that they have found and attributed to this theory don't seem very conclusive at all to me- there are many many ways these things could be interpreted, but sometimes scientists take the observances and try to assimilate it into a theory that they already have. Naturally that's the most logical thing for them to do. I just keep in mind that science doesn't have all the answers. We keep learning more and more, and if at any time someone states that we know it all about any particular thing, I would think them a fool. Even with something like our own bodies - we know a ton about them and how they work. But we still don't know or understand it all.
Internationally renown Astrophysicist George F. R. Ellis explains: "People need to be aware that there is a range of models that could explain the observations….For instance, I can construct you a spherically symmetrical universe with Earth at its center, and you cannot disprove it based on observations….You can only exclude it on philosophical grounds. In my view there is absolutely nothing wrong in that. What I want to bring into the open is the fact that we are using philosophical criteria in choosing our models. A lot of cosmology tries to hide that."
From another leader - the Prophet on the earth today (literally today, April 1, 2012, President Thomas S. Monson:
"Where did we come from? Why are we here? Where do we go? Answers to these are not discovered in academia's textbooks or on the internet. They embrace eternity. Where do we come from? This query is inevitably thought if not spoken by every human being."
He told a story of a man who became convinced that death was the end. But then all that crumbled and he came back to his faith. What made the difference? President Monson explains:
"His wife died. With a broken heart, he went to the room where lay all that was mortal of her. He looked again at the face he loved so well. Coming out he said to a friend - 'it is she, and yet it is not she. Everything is changed. Something that was there before is taken away. She is not the same. What could be gone, if it be not the soul?' Later he wrote - 'Death is not what some people imagine. It is only like going into another room. In that other room we shall find the dear women and men and children we have loved and lost.' "
So I guess it comes down to this. The science attempts to explain how things happen. The gospel tells us why. I think that is the point that the Church leaders have been trying to get across. Don't try to turn to science to answer the why questions.