TCM - Big Bang
Inspiration for this week’s post comes from Facebook, but bear with me. I assure you it has nothing to do with politics or meme generators. In honor of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, several … more
Part of my attraction to gamma-ray astronomy relates to the types of objects it observes. My graduate research focused on an object called Markarian 421. It is an active galactic nucleus (AGN) located … more
Do graphite whiskers in meteorites require shaving dark energy out of cosmological models?
Consider a familiar scenario. Your child lies on the couch acting unusually calm. You touch your their … more
Imagine the Antarctic glaciers extending over the whole Earth. Dating back to the early 1960s, scientists proposed just such a scenario, known as a “snowball Earth” hypotheses to explain … more
Scientists seek to discover a discover fundamental theory underlying all natural phenomena, including the four basic forces of in nature: the electromagnetic force, the gravitational force, and the … more
A critic of Reasons To Believe recently sent this response to another post, but perhaps it’s worthwhile to highlight the comment here and see if we can generate some discussion. The … more
Jeremiah 33:25 describes a cosmos governed by an unchanging set of physical laws. In fact, this constancy provides the basis for the Israelites’ confidence in God’s trustworthiness. While … more
Then the architect engages in numerous detailed tests to confirm gravity’s action. Why bother? It sounds ludicrous to test such an obvious and essential assumption.
However, scientists continue … more
The discovery of the cosmic microwave background (CMB) in 1965 and the subsequent detection of minute ripples in the CMB in 1994 both garnered Nobel Prizes. The former confirmed the big bang models of … more
Recent measurements using the Hubble Space Telescope help to resolve a scientific dispute that impacts how old the universe appears. Most readers will recall that the initial WMAP results gave an age … more
Some promote an infinitely (or near infinitely) old universe to avoid a creation event in the relatively recent (roughly 14-billion-year) past. So, they argue that the universe is static or … more
Atheist astrophysicist Geoffrey Burbidge once worried aloud that his peers might rush off to join "the First Church of Christ of the Big Bang."1 The rush of which he spoke was precipitated by a deluge … more
The big bang has scored well on every test devised and applied by researchers over several decades,1 and it has just sailed through another one with flying colors.
Why is this fact relevant to the … more
Scientists focus enormous effort on turning detections (observations and measurements) into predictions. Meteorologists use data to predict temperatures, wind, and precipitation. Astronomers use data … more
The cosmic characteristic most extensively described in the Bible is the ongoing expansion of the universe.1 No other holy book of the world's religions describes this feature, nor was it anticipated … more
Excerpted from The Creator and the Cosmos, 3d ed. (Colorado Springs: NavPress, 2001), 171-72.
The weight of evidence for a divinely designed universe is now so overwhelming that it has forced … more
Not one but five writers of Scripture describe God’s “stretching out” of the heavens. From a scientist’s perspective, these ancient writers predict the twentieth-century … more
What danger lurks in associating big bang cosmology with biblical cosmology? Most Christian physicists, astronomers, and other scientists would say, “None.” Many Christian philosophers, … more
Heated reactions—and bitter resistance—have arisen from opposite directions in the last century but, ironically, for the same type of reasons: religious reasons. One group of big bang … more
While it is true that they were the first (1965) to detect the radiation left over from the creation event,1 they were not the first scientists to recognize that the universe expanded from an … more