The Big Bang and the Origin of the Universe (0.3 CEU)

Course Summary

The Big Bang Theory and the Origin of the Universe introduces the learner to the Big Bang theory in a way that is simple and easy to understand. (Adventist elementary teachers would find this course particularly helpful in preparation for teaching science in Cycle 3 and the odd year rotation, grade 7.)

What do I need to know?

This course contains 5 lessons and should take approximately 3 hours to complete. To earn 0.3 CEU credits, the learner should listen to all presentations, and take the associated quizzes.

What Will I Learn In This Course?

This course tells the story of humanity’s attempts to understand the universe and explains the Big Bang theory simply in this context. Participation in this course will help you understand which portions of the theory are based on observation and experimentation as well as the theory’s limitations in adequately explaining our origins. You will learn some interesting implications of the Big Bang theory and consider its relationship to the biblical account of the origin of the universe.


Carol Raney, M.S.Ed

This course was created by Carol Raney in consultation with Kenneth Caviness and Stephen Bauer. Carol is Origins Educator at Southern Adventist University and has over 20 years of teaching experience at the elementary, middle school, academy, and college levels.  She was a freelance writer for the ByDesign science textbooks (grades 5-8) and has created materials for the Origins Resources Project.  She has a special interest in teaching science from a Seventh-day Adventist biblical perspective.  She enjoys teaching Science Methods to elementary education majors at Southern Adventist University and presenting on origins topics at teacher in-service events. She may be reached at Kenneth Caviness, PhD is a physics professor, and Stephen Bauer, PhD is a religion professor at Southern Adventist University. Dr. Caviness and Dr. Bauer co-teach the course Issues in Physical Science and Religion.

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