Question of the week: Didn’t the big bang model predict that the universe would be filled with monopoles, that different regions of the universe would not be thermally connected, and that the universe would be spatially curved? Since measurements show these three cosmic features are not true, has the big bang model been refuted? If so, what cosmic model has taken its place? Has the Bible’s statements about the beginning and the expansion of the universe been proven false?
My answer: The big bang model does not say there will not be different temperatures in different regions of space, or that there will be no monopoles in the universe, or that there must be a degree of spatial curvature. What it says is that all three will be at low levels if the universe experienced a very brief cosmic inflation event very soon after the big bang creation event. Measurements show that the temperature differences are only about one part in a hundred thousand, no monopoles have been detected, and the geometry of the universe is flat to better than three decimal places. I address these measurements in The Creator and the Cosmos, 4th edition, and in two articles on the latest and best measurements that now prove that a cosmic inflation event occurred. A cosmic inflation event guarantees that temperature differences will be small, monopoles will be scarce, and the geometry of the universe close to flat. The Bible’s statements made thousands of years ago about the beginning and history of the universe and its laws of physics have been affirmed. Anyone can access the articles here: