Are the Big Bang and Genesis Actually the Same Story?

For many generations, narratives about the origin of life were divided into enemy camps. But perhaps it’s actually the same story, told in two languages?

“The Creation of the World and the Expulsion from Paradise,” by Giovanni di Paolo (1445).
“The Creation of the World and the Expulsion from Paradise,” by Giovanni di Paolo (1445).Credit: Metropolitan Museum of Art / Wikimedia Commons
Gid’on Lev
Gid’on Lev

How did it happen that in the vast, dark, barren universe of matter, life developed? Why are we here? Two great stories, the greatest ever created by humanity, seek to answer that question of questions. According to one, everything occurred gradually, across countless eons, slowly, slowly, slowly. The second story says that everything happened instantaneously: And God said, and there was.