[Don’t forget “Cosmos” on Sunday nights at 9 PM! This 13-segment program is most informative!]

 

The Big Bang gets more support.

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Confirmations (naturally) pending.

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Not hostile to Christian faith

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We’re not just beating some things to death, because this concept matters–especially to those who wrestle with science/Bible issues. In my view, as well as many others, the Big Bang is quite compatible with Biblical faith, even for those (including myself) who believe in Biblical inerrancy.¹

Though not often admitted, a “beginning” to everything forces even secular scientists to step out of their box and speculate when their children ask (normal) questions like “What was before the Big Bang?” or “How far back can you go before you hit a wall?” Words like “multiverse” that suggest anything can occur by natural means, if you have “an infinite number of worlds” sounds scientific, and perhaps hopeful². Nothing wrong with tossing that around, remember the concept is built upon a naturalistic “has-to-be” faith, not demonstrable evidence.

That said, let me share a portion from Jeffrey Kluger’s³ “Big Boost for the Big Bang: One observation proves three theories” that appeared in the 31 March 2014 issue of Time. As we usually do, we’ll color, and boldface (and otherwise deface) what we think are key points.

    “Time was, a picture of an infinitely tiny point could have been described with a simple caption: ‘The universe, actual size.’ That’s clearly not the case anymore, and it’s close to unanimously accepted that what changed everything was a primal explosion known as the Big Bang, which occurred 13.8 billion years ago. Now a single observation has all but nailed down the Big Bang, eliminating the few other remaining scientific theories about how the universe began. In the bargain, it has also at last confirmed the existence of what are known as gravitational waves and the inflationary universe.

    “Gravitational waves were first described by Albert Einstein, who 99 years ago envisioned all space-time as a sort of cosmic fabric that could be warped and jiggled the way a trampoline can be set shaking by a dropped bowling ball. It was an elegant theory, but no one in the past century has been able to prove it. The inflationary universe was theorized in the 1980s by physicists who calculated that in the first billionth of a trillionth of a quadrillionth of a second after the Big Bang, the universe expanded so rapidly, it actually exceeded the speed of light.

    “If the right kind of jiggling could be spotted, it would prove both gravitational waves and the inflationary universe and buttress the Big Bang in the process. That’s exactly the observation made by a team of researchers headed by astrophysicist John Kovac of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center of Astrophysics.

    “‘When I got the call, I had to ask if it was real,’ says Marc Kamionkowski, a theorist at Johns Hopkins University who was not part of the Kovac group. Avi Loeb, chair of the Harvard Astronomy department and also not involved in the study, believes that if the discovery holds up, ‘it’s worth a Nobel’……..

    “Whether it’s correct or incorrect “will be known very quickly,” says Kamionkowski….and when the findings are likely confirmed….the universe–the entire 13.8 billion-year-old universe–will all at once become a more rational and fathomable place. Not at bad haul for a single observation.

Stay tuned for updates.

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¹Google < Chicago statement on biblical inerrancy >.

²The naturalistic scientist who’s  uncomfortable looking for answers about origins beyond strict science, especially with religious implications, will sometimes mention the possibility of the existence of a “multiverse”–the existence of many, or an infinite number of universes. Nothing is wrong with such conversation, but one must realize it’s based upon hope, not evidence.

³Jeffrey Kluger, with an attorney’s background, is a science writer for Time. He has written books on science, as well as articles for Discover and the NY Times.