Under a 'watchful countenance of God' 115 cardinals are locked in Sistine Chapel to elect the new pope. The 'God' painted by Michelangelo looks down upon the enclosed cardinals. The 'Creation of Adam' and the hands of 'God and Adam' is one of most essential of the nine scenes from the Book of Genesis, the others being the downfall of' Adam and Eve' and their expulsion from the 'Garden of Eden.'
This conclave in the Sistine Chapel reminds me of the greatest human debate that goes on as to origins of our species, are we created in 7 days and are only 6,000 years old, or came out of nothingness 14 billion years ago from the womb of 'Providence' and 'The Big Bang.' The two positions are irreconcilable, one has to give way to other. The cardinals in the conclave think that we are 6,000 years old and they are seeking the assistance from the heavenly concourse above by reminiscing in the chapel under watchful paintings depicting 'creation' in biblical terms. Michelangelo turned myths and legends of scriptural theological creation in to reality.
The critical hub of theology that we are created in last 6,000 years forms the core of the Sistine Chapels ceiling adornments. The narrative of the ceiling exemplify that God made the World as an ideal creation, the creation fell into shame and was chastised by parting from God. The nine scenes painted are the Separation of Light and Darkness, the Creation of the Sun, Moon and Earth, the Separation of Land and Water, the Creation of Adam, the Creation of Eve, the Temptation and Expulsion, the Sacrifice of Noah, the Great Flood, the Drunkenness of Noah.
Pope Julius' wanted Michelangelo to bring Papal Chapel paintings and decorations to interpret the theological and temporal significance of the Old Testament. Michelangelo read and reread Book of Genesis and may have consulted with Egidio da Viterbo for the Christian Theology. He draw his inspiration from the words of the scripture. Our 'star dust' that our body is composed off is even 10.3 billion years older from the time when planet earth came into existence 4 billion years ago.
We are product of 14.3 billion years of evolution. At some point 14.3 billions of years ago all the matter in the Universe occupied a space no larger than the following full stop. In an explosive burst, this point, or 'singularity', expanded at an astonishing rate like a fireball at temperatures of billions of degrees, creating space as it rapidly spread. Within the first second gravity and all the other forces were formed. Within minutes the Universe was billions upon billions of miles across and most of the matter that will ever exist was created. Freedom of minds and skill of intellect to ‘think the unthinkable’ is how humanity has progressed; when minds are incarcerated, nothing endures.
Our unified consciousness is the underpinning of mankind's future road map; the connectivity through internet is helping create a milieu where compression and availability of information on our fingertips is preparing us for the climax of a 14 billion old journey. Look at what this exciting primate has achieved within 10,000 years of coming out of caves. He has not only been able to pierce at the borders of 'event horizon' through eyes of Hubble but through the Large Hadron Collider LHC is trying to find answer to key unresolved questions in theoretical particle physics; for that this primate created the emptiest space in the Solar System on this earth; a space more than 100 000 times hotter than the heart of the Sun, and an ultra-high vacuum, a cavity as empty as interplanetary space.
Who is going to nail the pronouncement of 'The Big Bang' on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel and in the minds of the 115 cardinals: My answer is;
This primate want to know his age? What was thought to be in between 10-20 billion years old or 6,000 years old! He made Hubble. That is how he discovered that we are only 14 billion years old, it was our Hubble that helped us fine tune our date of birth. It was not what his Gods told him in Genesis i.e. 6,000 years old. It was 14 billion years. Gods are off by a very long margin. In a book 'Window on the Universe,' Giles Sparrow explains: "Part of the reason Hubble has such popular appeal is the Cinderella story. Hubble is the little telescope that could."