How were the universe and earth created?
A few thoughts...
From a scientific perspective, there are at least two very different questions here.
How was the universe created?
We have pretty good models of how the universe developed from about time
Does the expression "before the Big Bang" actually mean anything? If there was no time and space, then there seems to be no frame of reference to speak of.
How was the earth created?
Science does provide more answers for this question. From radiometric dating of earth's oldest rocks (at least the ones that we have found at the surface), we know that the earth is more than
According to standard scientific theory, the sun, earth, other planets and asteroids (from which we get meteorites) formed at roughly the same time, about
The early solar system was a rather busy place, with many collisions. According to at least one popular theory, a large roughly Mars-sized planet collided with the Earth, breaking off material which subsequently coalesced into the Moon.