Help me know if I have the Big bang theory down correctly. It consists of the following ideas.
1. The big bang theory is usually or often seen as a naturalistic hypothesis where only physical reality is truly real.
2. The universe is a physical reality.
3. There was no physical reality prior to the universe.
4. The universe began with the Big Bang.
5. There was no universe (or physical reality) prior to the Big Bang.
6. It follows from 1-5 that nothing whatsoever existed prior to the Big Bang.
7. The objection of so how did the universe come about if there was nothing prior to the big bang is that time only began with the big bang.
To speak of a beginning implies an occurrence within time. It is therefor circular to say that time began with the beginning(of time). I think that what is happening here is that a rejection of (traditional metaphysical)philosophy and even common sense means that science has become a new form of irrational religion in our day. What do you philosophers have to say about this? And who else besides me has noticed a circularity within the idea that time began at a certain point?