By now you have heard the big cosmology news. If not, here’s a press release from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics: First Direct Evidence of Cosmic Inflation. We know you’re going to read it, so only a few excerpts will be sufficient:
Almost 14 billion years ago, the universe we inhabit burst into existence in an extraordinary event that initiated the Big Bang. In the first fleeting fraction of a second, the universe expanded exponentially, stretching far beyond the view of our best telescopes. All this, of course, was just theory.
Researchers from the BICEP2 [Background Imaging of Cosmic Extragalactic Polarization] collaboration today announced the first direct evidence for this cosmic inflation. Their data also represent the first images of gravitational waves, or ripples in space-time. These waves have been described as the “first tremors of the Big Bang.” Finally, the data confirm a deep connection between quantum mechanics and general relativity.
Huge news, rumors of a Nobel prize, headlines everywhere. Here’s a bit more:
When asked to comment on the implications of this discovery, Harvard theorist Avi Loeb said, “This work offers new insights into some of our most basic questions: Why do we exist? How did the universe begin? These results are not only a smoking gun for inflation, they also tell us when inflation took place and how powerful the process was.”
That’s enough. And now for some amusement. Creationists are aghast, and the creation scientists at Answers in Genesis (ol’ Hambo’s online ministry) have already posted an article to explain why the cosmologists are all wrong. Here it is: Has Cosmic Inflation Been Proved? We’ll give you some excerpts, with bold font added by us, but we’ll skip their description of the announced discovery. After that they say:
Biblical creationists know from Scripture that the universe did not begin in a big bang billions of years ago. For instance, from God’s Word we understand that the world is far younger than this. Furthermore, we know from Genesis 1 that God made the earth before He made the stars, but the big bang requires that many stars existed for billions of years before the earth did. So how do we respond to this announcement?
They have the bible, so they already know the scientists are wrong. Now they tell us why:
First, this announcement may be improperly understood and reported. For instance, in 2003 proof for cosmic inflation was incorrectly reported and a similar erroneous claim was made last year.
We’ve omitted their links, which are to older AIG articles. You can click over there to chase them, if you like. Let’s read on:
Second, the predictions that are being supposedly confirmed are very model-dependent: if the model changes, then the predictions change. 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.
Yeah — those gull-durned secular scientists don’t have to worry about evidence. They can just change their models and make up any theory they want. AIG continues:
Third, other mechanisms could mimic the signal being claimed today. So, even if the data are confirmed, there may be some other physical mechanism at play rather than cosmic inflation.
They don’t even hint at that those “other mechanisms” might be, nor do they offer any scripture quotes that might explain it. In fact, that’s where their article ends. What they’re saying, in effect, is: Pay no attention to those scientists! Thanks, AIG, that’s good advice.
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