Faith vs. Atheism Part III – the first miracle of God

The first miracle of God is: the Creation event

The first Biblical definition of God is: the “I am” that created matter and energy from nothing. The first miracle is His creation, the universe: or spontaneous matter creation. Numerous People of Faith played key roles in the data gathering, analysis, and theory development that ultimately led to the “Big Bang” being accepted.  Numerous top scientists who were atheists, played key roles in making fun of the “Big Bang” theory, developed opposing theories to, and created a climate of career-ending fear. The climate of fear was so effective that scientists were afraid to publish big bang supporting data, and gave each other top science awards for these opposing views, all the while claiming how unbiased they are.

This paper is the history of those discoveries. Today, atheists have co-opted the “Big Bang” and are wishing that we would all forget about how many decades they stayed on the wrong side of science.

Here are the key dates:

  • 1596 David Fabricius discovers Mira as a star of non-equal brightness
  • 1670 Geminiano Montanari writes that the 2nd brightest star in the constellation of Perseus is changing in it’s brightness
  • 1784 John Goodricke: Variable Stars Discovered
  • 1912 Cepheid Frequency and Brightness are related
  • 1913 Cepheid Brightness vs. Distance are related
  • 1917 Theory of General Relativity which demands a contracting or expanding universe
  • 1919 A portion of General Relativity proven correct
  • 1920-24 Universe discovered to have many galaxies by measuring Cepheids
  • 1922 Theory of General Relativity (gets corrected)
  • 1926 Arthur Eddington suggests a space temperature of about 3 Kelvin
  • 1927 Objects in the Universe theorized to be coming from a common point
  • 1929 Red Shift of light discovered
  • 1929 Objects in the Universe discovered to be moving away from each other.
  • 1941 Andrew McKellar measures the average temperature of the interstellar medium
  • 1948 George Gammow, Ralph Alpher, and Robert Herman offer the first prediction of background radiation
  • 1964 “Big Bang” implies background cosmic radiation which is discovered which provides the final proof that the universe was created in a singular event at a point in time.

Just as atheists opposed Louis Pasteur when he proved that spontaneous life creation is a miracle, atheists also took very active roles in delaying research, promoting false theories, and making fun of scientists who were going where the data led. They did this an a self-proclaimed “unbiased” way.

Now first things first: Many scientists are in rebellion against God like all of us have been. Rebellion against God breeds bias against all data that points to God and His creative work. The fruit of the bias is the irrational inability to accept facts which leads to scientific error and often delays the process of research and discovery. This paper will show numerous examples of this. People of Faith are not smarter than atheists as we are all made in the image of God. Atheists have made important contributions to science, especially in areas that don’t conflict with their anti-God bias.

The heavens declare the glory of God, the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge! David NIV Psalm 19:1-2

The Big Bang story really began in May 1783. John Goodricke presented the first explanation of variable stars to the British Royal Society. One of his explanations for stars changing in brightness was: a variable star is really two stars orbiting closely to each other so they appear as one star. However, when one star goes behind the other star, the two together appear dimmer. During his observations, he identified a star called Cepheid Delta. He could not explain the mechanism of its changing brightness.

1784 Edward Pigott, a cousin of John Goodricke, discovered the first Cepheid that varies in brightness because of thermonuclear process. The star is physically expanding and contracting.  John Goodricke also discovered another a week later.

Who was John Goodricke (1764 to 1786)?  He was a Christian and profoundly deaf from contracting scarlet fever at the age of five.

A long while passes…

1912 Henrietta Swan Leavitt discovered that Cepheid brightness and the time period between peak brightness is related! This was a huge discovery as we will soon see.  She wrote “A straight line can readily be drawn among each of the two series of points corresponding to maxima and minima, thus showing that there is a simple relation between the brightness of the variables and their periods.”

Who was Henrietta Swan Leavitt? She was a Christian and also profoundly deaf. From her written obituary “Miss Leavitt inherited, in a somewhat chastened form, the stern virtues of her puritan ancestors. She took life seriously. Her sense of duty, justice, and loyalty was strong. For light amusements she appeared to care little. She was a devoted member of her intimate family circle, unselfishly considerate in her friendships, steadfastly loyal to her principles, and deeply conscientious and sincere in her attachment to her religion and church.”

1913 Henry Norris Russell and Ejnar Hertzsprun soon realized the consequence of Leavitt’s work. If the brightness of a Cepheid is directly related to its blink frequency, then simply by counting the frequency we can know how bright it is. Therefore, a dim Cepheid star at a certain frequency must be further away than a brighter Cepheid star of the same frequency. In other words: Russell and Hertzsprun had developed a measurement yard stick by which we could KNOW exactly how far away some objects in the universe are.

Who was Henry Norris Russell? In a biography it is written “we must appreciate that from the first he saw the universe as deeply moral and religious, subject to the natural laws created by God.  Though both he and the world around him changed in many ways, he never abandoned that vision. Nor did he abandon his religious background and upbringing, which though supportive rather than determinative of life course, still shaped the choices he made about his career and his scientific practice.”  Atheists constantly reinforce the idea that they are in the majority and the future of thought. This is how they continue to market their ideas in America’s classrooms. Folks who do not think like them are at best “cute” and “outdated,” or worse “retro-fools” who are not deserving of publication or career advancement for good science work. This type of bias leaks out of atheists even when they cannot avoid mentioning the foundational work of great men and women of God.

1917 Einstein tried to use his newly developed theory of general relativity to describe the shape and evolution of the universe. The prevailing idea at the time was that the universe was static and unchanging. That is an easy conclusion when one quickly observes the unchanging nature of the night sky. A static eternal universe was a comfortable idea for atheists as this view does not necessarily require a Creator. Einstein had fully expected general relativity to support this view, but, surprisingly, it did not. The inexorable force of gravity pulling on every speck of matter demanded that the universe collapse under its own weight. Ouch! This meant the universe had a beginning and/or an end which was an extremely uncomfortable view for those people who do not really want to do deal with the idea of God. A beginning of the universe starts to sound a lot like Genesis 1:1 which states “In the beginning God …”

So what is a guy like Einstein supposed to do when confronted with the proof of a Creator God crying out from his equations? Well, he came up with a completely non-scientific new ‘antigravity’ term to add to his original equation. This new term enabled his mathematical universe to appear as permanent and invariable as the real one. Ah! Comfort again, even if the penalty was to bastardize the science. This term is called the “cosmological constant” or “fudge factor.” The fudge factor had exactly the same value everywhere in the universe, delicately chosen to offset the tendency toward gravitational collapse at every point in space. Einstein was no atheist, but his fudge factor enabled atheists to be comfortable again, at least for awhile.

1920 to 1924 the new Cephid yardstick was used to measure the distances between thousands of points throughout our universe. Herber D. Curtis came to the realization that some Cephids were so distant they could not be in our Galaxy. This set up the long forgot “Great Debate” between Harlow Shapley and Herber Curtis. The “Great Debate” was between Herber Curtis; a conservative Christian Methodist,  former Greek and Latin teacher, scientists of Lick Observatory in San Jose and Christian Shapley, a liberal with atheistic supporters. Herber Curtis took the position that the universe is much larger than our Galaxy while Christian Shapley believed that the universe was limited to our Milky Way. Even the casual science reader knows who ultimately won that debate! That is probably why no public school students are taught about this Great Debate.

1924 Edwin Hubble finds a Cepheid in the Andromeda Galaxy proving Curtis right.

1927 ( I really like this one :-)); a Roman Catholic priest named Lemaitre, leveraged the work of Einstein minus his fudge factor concluded that the universe popped into existence from a single point. In his article “A homogenous Universe of constant mass and growing radius accounting for radial velocity of extragalactic nebulae” or in other words “A CREATION EVENT”!  Sir Arthur Eddington, a devote Quaker, the man who popularized Einstein’s theories in Britain and proved relativity in the famous 29 May 1919 eclipse, is partially convinced.

Thus Einstein and the scientists who were needed to correct and force the conclusions, have laid the intellectual foundation of a creation event. Now, we move on to the final proof of a creation event from an observational view point.

1929 Edwin Hubble notices a doppler shift or “Red shift” in star light from Cepheids is related to distance. Remembering Leavitt’s work, Hubble knew how far away the Cepheids were. Hubble realized that the Hydrogen spectral line red shift is related to the speed that the object is traveling away from earth and for some strange reason, the further the object is away the faster it is traveling away from earth.

1929 Edwin Hubble formulates “Hubble’s Law” that the futher objects the faster they are moving, proving the universe is expanding and Einstein was wrong. In 1931, Einstein thanks Hubble. It is quite obvious now: IF stars that are farther away from earth are moving away from earth at a faster rate, THEN when we mathematically run time in reverse those far away stars will get closer and closer the further we go back in time. Eventually, all the matter in the universe would collapse into a single point. This probed that Father Lemaitre was right and that we are directly observing a creation event from a single point.

WOW! Game! Set! Match! Creator God exists!  However, no God rejecting atheist worth their salt is going to give up so easily. As a result, in the 1940’s the Fred Hoyle, Thomas Gold, Hermann Bondi and other high decorated (Royal Society fellow, Bruce Medal, Pres. Royal Astro Society, Balzan Prize, Crafoord Prize, Multiple Gold Medals from the Royal Astro Society, Humbolt prize, honorary doctorates, etc. etc.)  astro-atheists came up with various alternative theories. One example: matter could be spontaneously created between galaxies and thus force an expanding universe into their steady state model which preached a universe without a beginning. Atheists have rather aggressive campaigns to give each other titles and awards until they start to look like those 3rd world dictators with chests full of medals, even when they are completely on the wrong side of history and science.

Atheists went out of their way to make fun of scientists who disagreed with them. Hoyle coined the term “the Big Bang” as a pejorative term for the expressed purpose of marginalizing Father Lemaitre’s theory. Like Hawking, Hoyle appeared to spend more time writing novels, accepting awards and titles, and advocating his anti-God positions then actually taking data. It has been written of Hoyle “The real tragedy is that this brilliant man simply couldn’t accept new evidence and adjust his world-view accordingly. And so he died in ignorance, clutching onto his discredited theory, in futility, for nearly the last forty years of his life.”  In 1993, Hoyle made a last ditch effort to get out of the inescapable proof for a creation with his “Quasi Steady State model” which the mounting observational evidence quickly disproved.

To put an end to all this atheistic craziness and their non-creation event theory of the week, was the discovery of direct evidence of the “Big Bang.”  Theorists had predicted that if the “Big Bang” happened then there should be a microwave radiation afterglow. In 1964, two American radio astronomers at Bell Labs, Robert Wilson and Arno Penzias serendipitously discovered 2.725 K microwave background radiation. Think of this energy as the type of heat that is left over after an explosion, as the explosive gas fans out it cools … so much so that it now 2.725 K in the microwave part of the electromagnetic spectrum. It probably was a little of God’s humor that a Jew and a Christian representing the entire Bible be the team who discovers the direct evidence of the “Big Bang.”

“While working on a new type of antenna at Bell Labs in Holmdel, New Jersey, they found a source of noise in the atmosphere that they could not explain. After removing all potential sources of noise, including pigeon droppings on the antenna, the noise was finally identified as CMB, which served as important confirmation of the Big Bang theory.”  As John Huchra, a professor of astronomy at HarvardUniversity and a leading observational cosmologist put it, “The discovery of the 2.7 degree background was the clincher for the current cosmological model, the hot Big Bang. It opened a window on the Universe at a very, very early time, enabling astronomers and physicists to see the initial conditions from which the beauty of the present-day cosmos sprang.” – Source Bell Labs


Penzias’ son went on to become a Rabbi.  While in an interview with Robert Wilson, states “Certainly there was something that set it all off. Certainly, if you are religious, I can’t think of a better theory of the origin of the universe to match with Genesis.”  — Source: Robert Wilson, An interview with Fred Heeren, Show Me God: What the Message from Space Is Telling Us About God, Day Star Publications, 2000, p. 157

That’s the proof of the creation event from an observation viewpoint.  However, the battle between light and darkness goes on.  Atheists were thrown off their footing for nearly a decade after the Bell Labs proof.  But, being an atheist means never having to admit you are wrong.  Wrong is part of the scientific process.  But, wait a minute.  Being wrong in science would be okay if it was simply a matter of new data proving a proposed theory to be correct or in need of adjustment.  Dispassionate scientists correcting and improving their data, formula, models, etc. is all part of the scientific process.  However, being wrong after the astro-atheists ridiculed those in the right, gave dozens of prestigious awards to those in the wrong, maliciously presented their theories as facts to millions of school children, defunded efforts where data did not support their desired theories, creating a climate of fear where junior scientists were afraid to publish, while leading hundreds of young scientists down worthless rabbit trails is not a simple matter of the scientific process being followed.  Don’t hold your breath waiting for apologies and retractions and don’t underestimate the power of the dark side.  While every school child will learn about the Scope’s trial, few will learn about the Great Debate, Fred Hoyle, and other astro-atheistic disasters.  In fact, since this time astro-atheists have just moved on to ever crazier theories in their continual effort to minimize God’s creation while de-railing the efforts of some of America’s best and brightest minds.

John McDonald

Mountain House, CA