I subscribe to the Big Bang Theory. Being a theory, it has not been proven. Some theories are around for so long that any doubt cast over them again and again being disproved makes them tantamount to facts such as evolution and gravity etc. but the Big Bang Theory is still not quite there.
So this is why the Big Bang Theory gets my vote:
The measurable acceleration of the universes expansion rate – scientists can use this data to rewind the observed behaviour of the known universe and this all comes together in a tiny, superheated state about 14.5 billion years ago…you may call this god for now if you wish… I’m not bothered
The oldest stars in our own galaxy are between 12 and 13 billion years old. They formed no more than a billion years after the universe itself began; the result of 14 billion years perfectly matches the most recent calculation…ok not definitive proof, but it’s supporting evidence and this is important to build a picture
There is an abundance of certain radioactive elements among the stars, these can be used to calculate backwards as we know their rates of decay. This data points to these elements being produced at least 12 to 13 billion years ago, about the time we would expect them to have formed if the universe began about 14 billion years ago… further support.
The Big Bang Theory predicts microwave background radiation, the measures of this radiation all converge to suggest a superheated state just over 14 billion years ago and a current level of 4.5% baryonic matter. This is, if we measure it now, what we have and no other theory can explain this acoustic peak…and in if nothing else explains it better (or at all) then one must assume (for the time being at least) that it is true and lets face it, holy scripture doesn’t explain any of it in the slightest
There’s more evidence for it too, but I don’t want to harp on, say too much science, or have a long arse blog post
There’s some evidence against it though, here’s some examples.There are some smart ones, and some stupid ones, but I’ll try and be serious, I’m quoting these from around the web, so some may be more point of view than science
Conservation of angular momentum.This matter which is said to have created the planets would all need to spin in the same direction as the object it came from. So therefore, all of the planets should be spinning in the same direction. However two of them are not. Venus and Uranus spin backwards…although this is usually explained using theories of collisions with other bodies
The Big Bang theory also ignores the First law of Thermodynamics, which says: “matter cannot be created or destroyed”. Those who believe in the Big Bang theory are also either unaware of, or ignore the “Second Law of Thermodynamics” which says: “Everything tends towards disorder”….this reminds me of my RE lessons at school, when I told the teacher I subscribed to the Big Bang theory she said “If I put a watch in a box and exploded it, there wouldn’t be any design or structure, it would just be chaos so an explosion couldn’t have caused the universe”…I think if you look at the size of the pieces it’s just gravity pulling them into order, of course it won’t last for ever and it could be decaying as the laws suggest, just because it looks beautiful and regimented doesn’t mean it’s not just a snip-it in time and that if you put on a fast forward it wouldn’t seem a bit more like chaos from an explosion
So as I said before there are other things to point out but I won’t list them all…for the most part it’s people claiming we have choice to believe two things universe created by something or universe created it’s self…and obviously nothing creates itself so it must have had a creator.
I don’t need to explain to any intelligent readers that the last point is completely redundant do I?
So how did it all start? With a Big Bang most probably