The Big bang is a very simple story with a very stupid name. “The Big Bang?” We couldn’t find anything cool in Latin, or somebody’s last name? I mean, come on people! Eight MILLION TONS of PhD’s working on this thing around the clock for fifty years and the best we can come up with is a name reminiscent of a large yellow bird created to teach the alphabet to Preschoolers?
We now take you back to the 1930’s where a meeting is called attended by scientists and absolutely no one creative.
Scientist: “Ok guys, we need a name for this tremendous explosion which brought into being all of time matter, space and energy. It’s a REALLY BIG explosion, Really BIG. Like, Super BIG. And I’m guessing it happened kinda fast like. First, there was nothing, and then, BANG! Everything!”
Other Scientist: “How about we call it, The Big Bang?”
Scientist: “Brilliant! Send that out to the rest of the department and let’s break for lunch.”
I for one have adopted the far superior name provided by Calvin, of Calvin and Hobbs: The Horrendous Space Kablooie!
The story is as follows: At first, there was nothing. No matter, no energy, no time, and no space. And then, it exploded. KABLOOIE!!!
No one knows WHY nothing exploded, or how for that matter, but obviously it happened because, here we are. The explosion formed hydrogen and helium, which, when given enough time, will arrange itself into stars, planets, Beethoven, rootbeer, platypuses, the moon, roller-blades, and the Star Wars Trillogy/Sextillogy/Media Empire.
This was not always the accepted story of where the universe came from. Atheists and pagans used to believe that the universe was ALWAYS here, just milling about and never making any real, significant changes, like some eternal cosmic bachelor. Of course, Christians and Jews knew better, because God had told them that there was a beginning when everything was created. The “Modern Science” of the time (By which I mean atheists and pagans) would mock the silly Christians because they knew this OBVIOUSLY eternal universe was super, duper, really really old, and never began. If those foolish Christians knew ANYTHING about science, they would know there was no beginning, because science has proven that. The Bible says the heavens and the Earth came into being a finite time ago, and obviously this meant the Bible has been wrong all along.
Then, in the 1960’s, “Modern” science started to put a few puzzles pieces together from the previous couple of decades and they decided that the picture those pieces formed was one where in the universe is expanding, which means it used to be much closer together, and if you extrapolate endlessly in that direction, it used to be a single point which was infinitely dense, that somehow exploded and then formed everything. Of course, a lot of “Modern Science” (By which I mean atheists and pagans) really HATED this conclusion, because it obviously meant the heavens and the Earth came into being a finite time ago, which meant the Bible has been right all along.
Like with Evolution, the theory got a “Hello my name is: Science” label slapped on it, and most of our culture just shrugged and went, “Uh, ok.” A lot of the American church talked themselves into being Old Earth Creationists (OEC) because, now that “Science” had figured out how old the universe was, it was obvious that Genesis was “wrong,” by which we meant, “allegorical.” By the 1980’s a lot of “Modern Science” (By which I mean atheists and pagans) were happy again because it seemed obvious that the Big Bang must have happened BILLIONS of years ago, and the Bible says God made the heavens and the earth 6,000 years ago, and obviously this meant the Bible has been wrong all along. Thanks to the Big Bang, the world was right again, and Christians could be mocked once more.
But how much actual science went into this theory?
There are a few pieces of observable data which the Big Bang is based on, and then it’s got a thousand band-aides made of imaginary and hypothetical things which cannot be observed, like inflatons and dark matter, but we’ll skip all of those for now. Let’s do a Dragnet: Just the Facts, Ma’am.
Just the fact #1. Red shift: Edwin Hubble discovered that, the further away galaxies are, the more their light is red shifted. If you don’t know what this means, then just think about the way sunlight breaks into a rainbow when it goes through a prism. Roughly, everything you would see gets pushed toward the red end. The further away the galaxies, the more their light was shoved over to the red side.
The Interpretation: Hubble knew there was more than one way to interpret the data, but he chose to interpret the data so that it means all of the other galaxies are speeding away from us.
Just the Fact #2. Cosmic Background Radiation: The universe is cold, but everywhere you look it’s just a LITTLE BIT above totally frozen. Absolute zero temperature is zero degrees Kelvin, and the universe is around 3 degrees Kelvin, which is about -454 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s almost as cold as Chicago in February.
The Interpretation: It is assumed that the uniform temperature we see all over the universe is the faded afterglow of that initial explosion (i.e. Kablooie) which eventually became the universe. It’s like the heat coming from the smoldering coals of a dying fire.
And frankly, that’s kind of it. I keep seeing a few other things listed as evidence, such as the abundance of Hydrogen as well as the ratio of elements in the universe, but that’s as weak sauce as you can get since the theory has been adjusted and adjusted over and over to fit that particular range of data.We can’t even make a sound judgement about the ratio of elements in the universe, because there are, scientifically speaking, a lot of places we’ve never been. There may be BILLIONS of planets in every galaxy made out of nothing but Palladium (atomic number 46), but we’ll never know because we can’t GET there. We can ASSUME that this isn’t true, but we’ll be basing those assumptions on a Big bang model of planetary formation, which we are already claiming is supported by the ratio of elements in the universe, which results in Big Bang assumptions being used as evidence for the Big Bang (Which happens in a lot of cases, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves). Just to give a tiny bit of credence to this possibility, one of the moons of Saturn, Titan, is literally SWIMMING in Methane. No one had predicted that, and no one can explain it. Those Palladium planets COULD be out there. That’s all I’m saying.
Its not as if someone looked around and said, “Hey! You guys ever notice how much hydrogen there is around here? Doesn’t that strongly imply that the universe was born from an explosion of nothing followed by a rapid expansion of time, space and matter?” Whatever limited observations we have made about the ratios of elements in the universe, you’ll never find a direct line between them and the formulation of the Big Bang theory. Especially in light of the most recent addition of Dark Matter, which basically says we are missing something like 95% of the matter it would take to explain the motion of galaxies, and so there must be all of this DARK matter we can’t see which is totally unlike all other matter which we CAN see. If your theory comes up 95% short, I think you need a new theory.
Let’s all take a second to think about the way our roach clown atheist blogger friends attack Christians for believing in things they can’t see, and then call themselves rational and reasonable while holding onto THIS mess with both hands. They can’t account for the initial explosion, the origin of all the energy or matter, and now they need to invoke 95% of the universe being this magical new invisible matter to explain the observations, and THEY’RE the scientific and rational ones? We believe an infinitely powerful, and AMAZINGLY Brilliant God made everything, and they think THAT’S far fetched? Sometimes I think we’re getting Punk’d and all of the atheists in the world are in on it- like, maybe they’re all actually Roman Catholics pulling some HUGE prank on the rest of the world. Someday they’re just going to stop mid-debate and shout, “GOT YA! HA HA HA!!! Big Bang? PPPTTTTHHHHHH!!!! BWAHAHAHAHA!!!!”
In other references to supposed data to support the Horrendous Space Kablooie, Big bangers (Because, again, they fired the Cool Names Department to save on budget) also like to point to the math of Albert Einstein. I hate to burst any balloons, but a math equation, useful as it is, does not count as observable data. It may be super smarty pantsy, but it is not observable data which leads to a logical conclusion. So, score Al for big brains, but this cannot be listed as DATA which supports the big bang. It’s not a FACT, Ma’am.
There, in a nutshell, in the history and evidence for the Big Bang. In the near future I’ll be taking a closer look at the science and philosophy behind this model, and taking it all behind the scientific woodshed with a switch made of pure reason and smacking it’s Big behind red until Edwin Hubble cries. Prepare to be ashamed of your fifth grade science teacher for leading you to believe all of this Big nonsense. And as always, thanks for letting me be your Rent-A-Friend.