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Who said the following:

Now we see how the astronomical evidence leads to a biblical view of the origin of the world. The details differ, but the essential elements in the astronomical and biblical accounts of Genesis are the same: the chain of events leading to man commenced suddenly and sharply at a definite moment in time, in a flash of light and energy.

Answer after the jump. Hint – the person is not a Christian.

The quote comes from Robert Jastrow’s book God and the Astronomer. He sits in the Edwin Hubble chair at the Mount Wilson observatory and is the founder of NASA’s Goddard Institute of Space Studies.

The agnostic astronomer concluded God and the Astronomer with this now classic line:

For the scientist who has lived by his faith in the power of reason, the story ends like a bad dream. He has scaled the mountains of ignorance; he is about to conquer the highest peak; as he pulls himself over the final rock, he is greeted by a band of theologians who have been sitting there for centuries.