In April I posted a response to the supposed discovery of polarized gravitational waves and what that meant. The discovery was hailed as the “Big Bang’s smoking gun”, “cosmology’s missing link”, a “grand slam”, and “direct evidence for the expansion of the universe”. This discovery was met with world-wide hype, and those who made the discovery were being proposed for the Nobel Prize and academic appointments.
I was a little more cautious, pointing out that their predictions were off target and overoptimistic. It was too good to be true. And this wasn’t the first time it was claimed that the Big Bang has been proven, nor was it the first time scientists reported on the discovery of inflation. Others called for “extraordinary scrutiny” of the results of the discovery, and that more detailed and precise measurements were needed. There are other explanations that could account for the gravitational waves without invoking inflation. Other sources needed to be ruled out.
But too many times this is how science works. Oftentimes science is placed on a pedestal and treated as an infallible god. And if anyone questions the underlying assumptions of the accepted paradigm, they’re labeled “anti-science”.
Now scientists have turned on this discovery, calling it a blunder. Here’s a link to an article sent to me by a friend, indicating how serious flaws have been found in the results; now it’s believed that there is no such detection of the gravitational waves in question. It was the effects of light scattering from dust and radiation generated by electrons producing the waves. The instruments that detected the radiation couldn’t distinguish the waves from other sources. Now it’s believed that the results are mostly or entirely the effect of foreground objects.
This change also highlights a general flaw in Big Bang cosmology. Namely that it isn’t real science in the sense of how we use the scientific method. We can’t observe the past, nor can we experiment directly in the past. We must base all our conclusions on certain assumptions and on what we can observe here and now. So it’s no surprise that the failed prediction hasn’t harmed this cosmology. Even if we never confirm inflation or other hypothetical entities to support the Big Bang, believers will still accept it as scientific, even if that’s not the case. Some scientists are quick to exclaim that successful predictions prove their beliefs, but when those predictions are overturned they never abandon their beliefs as unscientific.
The bottom line is that we need to exercise caution and skepticism when examining the past. Historical science, like forensics, isn’t an exact science and contains flaws that can’t be eliminated.
While secular scientists don’t accept the notion that God created the universe, it remains an accepted and viable scientific belief. Christian believers don’t have to abandon their faith for a secular cosmology. We can have complete faith that God created the universe and everything in it, just as the Bible says.