I take issue with the Big Bang theory for two main reasons. First, it’s not a legitimate scientific theory, and second, it contradicts the Biblical creation account described in Genesis.
When I claim that the Big Bang isn’t a legitimate scientific theory, what I mean that it has never been substantiated by the scientific method; it doesn’t stand up to scrutiny, and it relies upon hypothetical entities- like dark matter and dark energy.
But there’s another equally bad, but popular theory out there called String Theory. Often referred to as the “theory of everything”, it attempts to make sense of quantum physics and Einstein’s theory of relativity. Our current model of physics can explain everything but gravity, so it makes sense that scientists would want to tie it all together with one, elegant theory to describe all particles and forces.
But there are so many problems with string theory that Neil deGrasse Tyson once chided, “Are you chasing a ghost, or is the collection of you just too stupid to figure this out?”
Yeah. There are a number of different string theory models, and they require 9, 10 or 11 dimensions to work, but they’re too tiny to be detected. String theory also allows for multiverses or parallel universes, but none of this is testable with current technology. Still, it makes for great science fiction.
According to Sci Tech Daily, scientists performed a string theory experiment on a supermassive black hole about 240 million light-years from Earth by using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory. Researchers were hunting for a hypothetical entity- an axion, a particle predicted by the theory. But the test failed. No axions were detected, yet the theory has not been falsified… it’s still possible they exist, but we just don’t have the technology to find them.
But that’s the problem with these theories- no evidence is required for anyone to believe them. Case in point, the Big Bang should be thoroughly discredited, but it’s still taught in schools and universities as the origin of the universe, space and time.
The string theory experiment likely won’t deter believers; they’ll simply wait for better technology, hoping that future advancements will produce the results they want. And there’s nothing wrong with that. I’m not suggesting scientists give up on their pet theories… I just don’t think they should be given credibility until substantiated by experimental evidence.
For instance, some scientists believe axions could help explain another hypothetical entity- dark matter, which is necessary to make the Big Bang model work. Without dark matter, there’s no Big Bang. But even though no axions or dark matter were detected, the Big Bang continues to be taught as fact, and that’s problematic.
As the article admits, this experiment could mean axions don’t exist, and I agree with that interpretation. Further, I believe the Biblical creation account is the superior model because it offers the best explanation of the data.