Scientist modifies big bang theory!

June 14, 2000

In New Scientist, 3 June 2000, No. 2241, in an article entitled “Before The Big Bang,” author Marcus Chown has detailed what he believes to be necessary modifications to the big bang theory. He now suggests an infinite “pre-history” to this model. Throughout the article, if read carefully, one certainly gets the strong impression there are major problems with the big bang idea. However, this big bang model is basically presented as fact in much of the education system and through the media. In the article we read such quotes as:

What happened before the Big Bang? … One daring physicist has come up with an answer to the question no one is supposed to ask. “Far from being the beginning of time, the Big Bang was merely an important turning point in the Universe’s history,” says Gabriele Veneziano of CERN, the European Laboratory for Particle Physics near Geneva.

Great resource for refuting the ‘Big Bang’!
Starlight and Time

Starlight and Time
Dr D. Russell Humphreys

The Bible teaches that the universe is just thousands of years old, and yet we can see stars that are billions of light-years away. In his book, Dr Humphreys explains his new cosmology with an easy-to-read popular summary and two technical papers. Also available, a companion video in spectacular 3-D imagery how a big bang and creation cosmos differ and why evidence supports a recent creation of the universe!


Veneziano’s quest for the era before the big bang started in the early 1990s, when he and his colleague Maurizio Gasperini, then of the University of Turin, set out to fix some of the major shortcomings of the standard big bang model. It has plenty of them.

This should be a warning to those Christians who accept the big bang and try to fit this into Genesis. If scientists begin to accept the modifications suggested in this article, then what supposedly happened before the big bang has to also now be fitted into Genesis by those who have compromised with man’s theories. It’s also a warning to such Christians, because, as this article admits, there are major problems with the big bang idea.

Most people don’t realize how little “real science” is involved in these sorts of discussions. Our consultant physicist, Dr. Russell Humphreys, thought it time to respond to such an article in a way that portrays the real nature of the discussion.

– Ken Ham

A Really Long Fuse Before the Big Bang

by D. Russell Humphreys, Ph.D.

“Once upon a time, say a dozen or so billion years ago, space and matter came into existence out of nothing and expanded a million trillion trillion-fold. And that’s how we got what exists today.” So the story-tellers—I mean evolutionist cosmologists—once told us. They like spinning tales to us, who like children in a nursery, are always eager to hear something new. But the old story above, called The Standard Big Bang Theory, prompted some of the more skeptical children to ask embarrassing questions, like: “What happened before the big bang?” and “How could the initial matter be so precisely evenly-spread throughout space at the beginning?” The usual story-teller response was something like, “Ask me something more meaningful, like, ‘What’s north of the North Pole?’”

Now a new story-teller, to his credit, has tried to answer the children’s questions more seriously. He tells us something like this: “Well, you see, the universe really didn’t come into existence a mere few billion years ago. It actually started a long time ago! It was a very dull universe for an infinitely long time. Then—all of a sudden—only a dozen or so billion years ago, it decided to get some sparkle into its dreary life and explode. But it had all that infinity of years beforehand to get ready and distribute matter very smoothly throughout itself before it went boom. You see, now I’ve attached a really, really long fuse to the big bang firecracker.”

“Marvelous!” say the children—“How do you know all this?”

“Ah,” says the story-teller, “I just reached into my bucket of zeroes—we cosmologists use them like a carpenter uses nails—and just tacked together some popular stories, er, theories, like ‘inflationary cosmology’ and ‘string theory.’”

“We get it,” say the children, “Your fuse is a string! But isn’t string theory just a nursery story, too? What actual data does it predict or explain?”

“Uh, well,” says the story-teller, “string theory actually hasn’t connected with any data yet. It’s very complicated. But we’re getting there. Just wait.”

“How long should we wait?” asks one of the children, “As long as it took your fuse to finish burning? Infinity years?” “And besides,” asks another, “what was there before your fuse came into existence?” But the story-teller has left the nursery, seeking more gullible children.

Published: 14 February 2006