When cosmogony becomes a clash of faiths

To accept the universe as ultimate and self-created is a great act of faith, but it is a non-Christian faith. To assume the ultimacy of chance as against the ultimacy of God and His eternal decree is equally an act of faith. Both Christian and humanist begin with an act of faith but the humanist strives to persuade the Christian that this difference between them is one of faith versus knowledge, when it is a clash of faiths in which we must hold that truth and knowledge are with Christian faith.

Quote source

Rushdoony, R.J. (2001). The Philosophy of the Christian Curriculum.  Ross House Books, Vallecito, pp. 11-12

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Which requires more faith: cosmic inflation or Genesis?

Charles Q. Choi describes the birth of the universe like this:

The universe was born with the Big Bang as an unimaginably hot, dense point. When the universe was just 10-34 of a second or so old — that is, a hundredth of a billionth of a trillionth of a trillionth of a second in age — it experienced an incredible burst of expansion known as inflation, in which space itself expanded faster than the speed of light. During this period, the universe doubled in size at least 90 times, going from subatomic-sized to golf-ball-sized almost instantaneously…

One second after the Big Bang, the universe was filled with neutrons, protons, electrons, anti-electrons, photons and neutrinos.

It sounds so cut-and-dried…but not compared to the commentary of Brian Thomas:

One way to solve the lithium problem is to jettison the Big Bang theory altogether. Actually, that would fix a long list of problems: the horizon problem, mature distant galaxy problem, dark matter problem, flatness problem, missing antimatter problem, young spiral galaxy problem, inflation ignition problem, asymmetry problem, and star formation problem.

As science progresses, one would think it would increasingly confirm theories like the Big Bang. But instead of solving the Big Bang’s many problems, scientists are only finding more of them. The Big Bang theory has been imploding for decades as scientific experiments and observations continue to confirm Big Bang deal-breakers. And if the man-made narrative of the Big Bang never really happened, then God’s narrative of universal beginnings is back on the table.

Quote sources

  1. Choi, C.Q. (2015). Our Expanding Universe: Age, History & Other Facts. Available http://www.space.com/52-the-expanding-universe-from-the-big-bang-to-today.html. Last accessed 18th Jul 2015.
  2. Thomas, B. (2014). Big Bang Fizzles under Lithium Test. Available http://www.icr.org/article/big-bang-fizzles-under-lithium-test/. Last accessed 18th Jul 2015.

All hail hydrogen, helium and lithium

To those who do not know what the Big Bang is, it is the theory that at some time in the past, now [in 1993] generally believed to have been about fifteen to twenty billion years ago, all the matter in the universe was concentrated into a single mass, which exploded with a “big bang.”

The idea began with a Belgian astronomer, Georges Edward Lemaitre. According to Isaac Asimov, Lemaitre conceived this mass to be “no more than a few light-years in diameter.” At the very least, that would be two light-years or about twelve trillion miles.

By 1965 that figure was reduced to 275 million miles, by 1972 to 71 million miles, by 1974 to 54 thousand miles, by 1983 to “a trillionth the diameter of a proton,” and now, to nothing at all! A singularity!

It exploded, producing hydrogen and helium and perhaps some lithium. Time became the hero and multiple billions of years later it had produced everything in the universe, including Lewis Carroll’s famous “shoes and ships and sealing wax and cabbages and kings.”

Quote source

Davidheiser, B. (1993). A statement concerning the ministry of Dr. Hugh Ross. Logos Publishers, Canoga Park. Available http://www.ldolphin.org/bolton.html. Last accessed 20th Jun 2015.

The biased readership of National Geographic

Grand Cosmological Claim Crumbles? 25,000 times the readers of National Geographic clicked “Like” to promote the alleged confirmation of the big bang’s inflation period [through the BICEP2 project in 2014]. But even many months after they reported the correction, only 51 of their readers similarly promoted the correction.

Quote source

Anon. (2014). RSR’s List of Big Bang Predictions. Bob Enyart Live. Available http://kgov.com/big-bang-predictions. Last accessed 16th May 2015.

The Big Bang’s unprovable assumptions

Interestingly, most people think that the big bang has already been worked out, but they don’t realize that there are differing versions of the big bang model—and not everyone agrees.  By inserting a few unprovable assumptions at your starting point, you can end up with virtually any model you like. The big bang assumes that the universe has no centre or edge. Not only is this not proven, some recent research on redshift patterns have badly damaged its credibility by indicating that our galaxy is at, or near to, the centre of the universe.

Quote source

Hartnett, J., cited in Bates, G. (2003). Exploding the big bang!
An interview with creationist physicist/cosmologist John Hartnett. Creation Ministries International. Available http://creation.com/exploding-the-big-bang. Last accessed 14th Mar 2015.

Big bangers and their faith in the unknown

Another problem here is that the big bang is now a paradigm. It is believed to be true—that the universe started that way—so evidence found that contradicts it is woven into the established fabric by use of additional ad hoc hypotheses and new parameters. These result in unknowns that are used to explain the unknown.

Inflation itself is one of these unknowns used to explain the unknowns like the horizon problem, the flatness problem, the monopole problem, etc. So even if you find evidence to support your unknown, what if the unknown is purely fiction? It would not be the first time in science that such a situation has developed. Phlogiston is one such example, which was eventually eliminated.

Quote source

Hartnett, J. (2014). The Authors of the Claimed Biggest Astrophysics Discovery of the Century Admit They May Have Got It Wrong. Available http://johnhartnett.org/2014/07/03/the-authors-of-the-claimed-biggest-astrophysics-discovery-of-the-century-admit-they-may-have-been-wrong/. Last accessed 17th Jan 2015.

John Hartnett schooling Pat Robertson on the Big Bang

Pat Robertson, when asked about the Big Bang, responded like a Christian given to intellectual surrender:

So there was a Big Bang. So? That doesn’t mean it came spontaneously. Nobody knows what caused it, the Big Bang. But I say God did it. God caused all of this. He is the author of all life.

But John Hartnett, when asked about the Big Bang, responded like a Christian who used intellect:

Many people are duped into thinking that because two plus two equals four, the maths of the big bang must be right. But in most cases, these formulas are not provable or testable—they remain completely theoretical, and the models they support are based on unprovable starting assumptions. Christians, in particular, should not be worried about this.

God bless you John.

Quote sources

  1. Robertson, P. cited in Lee, M. (2014). Pat Robertson to Ken Ham: ‘Let’s Be Real, Let’s Not Make a Joke of Ourselves’. Christian Post. Available http://www.christianpost.com/news/pat-robertson-to-ken-ham-lets-be-real-lets-not-make-a-joke-of-ourselves-114063/. Last accessed 29th Nov 2014
  2. Hartnett, J. cited in Bates, G. (2003). ‘Exploding the Big Bang! An Interview with Creationist Physicist/Cosmologist John Hartnett’ in Creation, Vol. 25(4), p. 38