Answers in Genesis on the Big Bang

After going through the usual litany of problems with the Big Bang, in this article posted today, Answers in Genesis writer Jason Lisle comes to the following conclusion:

With all the problems listed above, as well as many others too numerous to include, it is not surprising that quite a few secular astronomers are beginning to abandon the big bang. Although it is still the dominant model at present, increasing numbers of physicists and astronomers are realizing that the big bang simply is not a good explanation of how the universe began. In the May 22, 2004, issue of New Scientist, there appeared an open letter to the scientific community written primarily by secular scientists5 who challenge the big bang. These scientists pointed out that the copious arbitrary assumptions and the lack of successful big-bang predictions challenge the legitimacy of the model. Among other things, they state:

The big bang today relies on a growing number of hypothetical entities, things that we have never observed—inflation, dark matter and dark energy are the most prominent examples. Without them, there would be a fatal contradiction between the observations made by astronomers and the predictions of the big bang theory. In no other field of physics would this continual recourse to new hypothetical objects be accepted as a way of bridging the gap between theory and observation. It would, at the least, raise serious questions about the validity of the underlying theory.6

This statement has since been signed by hundreds of other scientists and professors at various institutions. The big bang seems to be losing considerable popularity. Secular scientists are increasingly rejecting the big bang in favor of other models. If the big bang is abandoned, what will happen to all the Christians who compromised and claimed that the Bible is compatible with the big bang? What will they say? Will they claim that the Bible actually does not teach the big bang, but instead that it teaches the latest secular model? Secular models come and go, but God’s Word does not need to be changed because God got it exactly right the first time.

A common logical error is being made here.  The error is the assumption that if evolution is false then creationism is true. This assumption is made all the time by creationists.  They love to point out “problems” with the “theory” and then conclude that the only alternative explanation is God.  They don’t bother to look for any other naturalistic explanation.  Imagine all the advances in science that would not have happened if that is the way science worked.  Imagine all the diseases that we would still be dying of if creationist logic dominated the medical field.  Don’t understand why these people with ugly oozing boils on their skin keep dying?  Forget trying to figure out a naturalistic explanation, because methodological naturalism is anti-biblical.  Instead, pray to God for the forgiveness of your sins so that he will have mercy on you and heal you from this sickness.  

And finally, another common error made in this article is that of exploiting valid disagreements among scientists and using them to make it look like evolutionary scientists don’t know what they are talking about.  These types of disagreements are the engine of modern science.  If scientists stopped asking questions and looking for problems in the accepted scientific understanding of our universe, then inquiry would cease and we would end up in the dark ages again.  This questioning is what makes scientific theories better, more sound, and more powerful.  Yes, there are things scientists don’t understand about the origin of the universe.  That doesn’t mean we should stop trying to understand.


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