“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”
In the beginning – about 13.8 billion years ago – there was nothing. There were no atoms or molecules, and no forces. Then, suddenly, for no reason at all – Bang! Everything came into existence, and began to expand.
But that slow expansion can’t explain how all of space in the universe is about the same temperature, so a few millionths of a second after that Big Bang, everything went fizz and expanded very, very rapidly indeed for another few millionths of a second before it all returned to its earlier slow expansion. And scientists called this fizz Cosmic Inflation, and saw that it was good – well, perhaps not that good, but at least it made the difficult sums work out – mostly.
Yes, I am being satirical. That’s because it is a mythology that deserves to be satirized. Because not even the story I have given you is enough! Somehow, there had to be heat energy at the end of the inflation period, but the processes so far described would have resulted in a cold universe – “a cold, homogeneous goop”, as one scientist put it. So Big Bang cosmogonists have to further theorize that a reheating phase had to happen to get all the material in the new universe into a form that could expand to form our current universe.
I have a more scientific account. It makes much more sense. “In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth…”
Prayer: We praise You, Lord God, for You are the Creator of everything that there is, yet You care about us. Amen.
Author: Paul F. Taylor
Ref: Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “Putting the ‘bang’ in the Big Bang: Physicists simulate critical ‘reheating’ period that kickstarted the Big Bang in the universe’s first fractions of a second.” ScienceDaily, 25 October 2019. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/10/191025130414.htm>. Image: Public Domain.
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