Hi. I'm to compare science and religion for some schoolwork that I'm doing in a religion class. I'm to find out how this universe was created in the first place. According to what I've been hearing, vacuum isn't 'nothing'. Vacuum is a quantum field where particles can appear for a short amount of time through quantum fluctations. I may be wrong, but this is what I've been hearing. Let's assume for a second that the whole universe was just one big fat space of vacuum. Would the so called 'big bang' occur from 'nowhere' or is it likely that all matter existed from the beginning? If big bang appeared out of nowhere, could you please tell me a bit about the process and/or possibly recommend some sites for me. Something else I've been hearing is that when you look what's happening deep inside matters, you are only able to determine the probability of what is going to happen with it. Suppose I'm correct about the last thing I've been hearing. What is believed to really control matter? Is it done very randomly or does it seemed to be controlled in some way? Is the randomness comparable to the irationality of PI? From a religious point of view, one could argue that matter is controlled by a God. This is why I'm asking you about it. I'm to be critical against different beliefs. Thank you in advance. This will really be of help.