Creationists say the Universe began with a movement of God’s Spirit some 6000 years ago.
Few would say there is ANY similarity in those views.
The Problem with the current scientific understanding of what has happened immediately since the moment of the Big Bang is that, before it, there was actually NO time. No Space. No ‘Anything’ or as Genesis puts it – The ‘Void’ before it actually occurred. An infinite nothingness of notime and nospace
Science can only ‘deal’ with evidence that exists in the form of matter, energy and a time function that is able to be measured. For anything ‘other’ than these science is incapable of dealing with – whereas Religion is not. (and neither is ‘God’)
God is largely to do with the concept of ‘spirit’. Spirit is an ‘opposite’ to matter and is not exactly a form of energy (which can be converted into matter and vice versa) as we know it.
In Genesis the only thing that exists ‘in the beginning’ is the Void (Darkness – absence of light) also known as the Deep or ‘the Waters’ (a fluid-like ‘circumstance’ of chaotic non-existence as we in our material Universe might understand it) AND God’s Spirit.
Since Science cannot detect or prove (or disprove) the existence of God’s Spirit it just ignores it and says that ‘in the beginning’ there was only ‘nothing’ (that we can currently identify, not even time or space).
I had a think on the subject last night in bed and came up with a simplified ‘explanation’ of the difference between Scientific Atheism and Biblical Creationism in terms of the uniting ‘overall view’ of what is going on.
The ‘simplified’ version is this.
Imagine an Aussie coin. ( the coins in your location are unlikely to be significantly different) Hold it up so it can be observed. The ‘Headers’ say that according to their observations the coin is round and made of metal and is made with an image of a Female head and some writing that describes it’s country of origin, the head and it’s time of creation – clearly there is no animalistic feature and nothing to say it has any different intrinsic value to any other type of coin.
The ‘Tailers’ say that according to THEIR observations the coin is round and made of metal and is made with the image of an animal and has some writing that determines the numerical value of the unit of currency it represents – clearly there is no humanity about this coin and nothing to say when it was first created.
What is happening here is two separate groups are making separate observations of the ‘same’ thing from a distance and each group’s perspective is exactly 180 degrees apart – polar opposites to the other group’s observations.
Headers have ‘evidence’ of the time of creation of the coin while Tailers understand that the coin has a value dependent upon its size and it’s numeric imprint – neither group is able to see the truth of the other side’s evidence – yet both are correct while they disagree strongly with each other on what they are looking at. (Although there ARE a number of similarities in their observations)
This is a very simplified version of what has happened with Evolution/Creationism.
Both are looking at the same thing from very remote and opposite viewpoints. Both are quite correct in terms of their observations. Both share a number of similar observations but with their own ‘understandings’ as a result.
Creationists are looking back to a point some 6000 years before they exist and from the viewpoint of ‘evidence’ (the Bible) that is some 2500+years older than they are. Naturally their thoughts are going to be different to those of Scientists using tools (scientific ‘method’) that have only been developed over 500 or less years looking at ‘evidence’ (some of which is experimental, but most observed and estimations drawn from conclusions of what is observed) of an event that is thought to have taken place some 13.4 billion years ago.
Given these vastly differing understandings i find it quite amazing that there is so little basic difference between the two views of how the Universe actually began.