While many scientists and researchers express excitement over what they believe to be landmark evidence of the Big Bang, Answers in Genesis, a Christian organization run by creationist Ken Ham, is casting doubt on the recent findings.
"This announcement undoubtedly will be welcomed as the long-sought proof of cosmic inflation so necessary to the big bang model," wrote Dr. Danny Faulkner, a former astronomy professor who works for the organization. "Biblical creationists know from Scripture that the universe did not begin in a big bang billions of years ago."
Faulkner went on to invoke the Bible in claiming that the world is much younger than mainstream science believes it to be, adding that he believes Genesis 1 shows that God made earth before the stars -- an idea that he said isn't compatible with the Big Bang theory.
In this 2007 photo provided by Steffen Richter, the sun sets behind the BICEP2 telescope, foreground, and the South Pole Telescope in Antarctica. (AP Photo/Steffen Richter)
"The big bang requires that many stars existed for billions of years before the earth did," he added.
According to Faulkner, Answers in Genesis believes that the announcement concerning cosmic inflation "may be improperly understood and reported," claiming that this same dynamic unfolded in 2003 when scientists said they had evidence for the theory and it ended up not checking out.
"The predictions that are being supposedly confirmed are very model-dependent: if the model changes, then the predictions change," Faulkner added. "Inflation is just one of many free parameters that cosmologists have at their disposal within the big bang model, so they can alter these parameters at will to get the intended result."
Additionally, he said that there are "other mechanisms" that could be mimicking the signal that scientists observed -- something other than cosmic inflation. Read his entire analysis here.
Faulkner's commentary follows an announcement from a coalition of researchers earlier this week who said they’ve spotted evidence that a split-second after the Big Bang, the expansion of the cosmos began with a powerful jump-start. Experts called the discovery a major advance if confirmed by others.
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Although many scientists already believed that an initial, extremely rapid growth spurt happened, finding this evidence for cosmic inflation has been a key goal in the study of the universe. Researchers reported Monday that they finally did it by peering into an echo of sorts — and observing the faint light that remains from the Big Bang.
If verified, the discovery “gives us a window on the universe at the very beginning,” when it was far less than one-trillionth of a second old, said theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss of Arizona State University, who was not involved in the work.
“It’s just amazing,” he said. “You can see back to the beginning of time.”
You can read more about the purported discovery here.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
(H/T: Christian Post)
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