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3-K CBR Convinced Scientists Of The Big Bang

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Posted by John Morgan Powell on April 17, 2001 16:15:50 UTC

300,000 years sounds like a big time span compared to human's and society's lifespans, but when the two competing scientific theories for Hubble's observed redshift expansion of the universe are

1. The universe is historical (had a history) with an origin billions of years ago.

or

2. The universe is eternal, steady state, with matter and space being continually created.

300,000 years is nothing. The discovery of the 3-K black-body cosmic background radiation by Penzias and Wilson convinced the scientific community that the first theory, some version of the Big Bang, was correct. Exactly how the Big Bang occurred (what happened prior to the production of the CBR, for example) had yet to be determined.

The fact that the CBR does not correspond to the first seconds or minutes of creation, but corresponds to something that happened 300,000 years after the Big Bang is noted, but does not invalidate the basic Big Bang idea or give theists any reason to hope that God can be found somewhere lurking in the creation of the universe.

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