The great irony behind all of this – and the great blunder of “The Big Bang Theory” – is that the titular theory of the Big Bang was formulated by a Catholic priest.
When I hear the opening line of the theme song – “our whole universe was in a hot dense state” – I think of Father Georges Lemaître, and how it was not only a Catholic, but a Catholic priest who revolutionized how we think about the universe.
That the same hands that penned the mathematics and physics behind the theory of the Big Bang consecrated the Eucharist explodes the myth that science and religion are opposed. It’s a myth that, unfortunately, “The Big Bang Theory” continues to perpetuate – of all places, in the shadow of a scientist’s cassock.
Matthew Becklo is a husband and father-to-be, amateur philosopher, and cultural commentator at Aleteia and Word on Fire. His writing has been featured in First Things, The Dish, and Real Clear Religion.