Rescuing (or Replacing?) the Big Bang (publ. 2023-09-06)

Do we need a new cosmology? Maybe so

Short version: An astrophysicist from Canada recognizes the glaring contradictions between what we are seeing with JWST, and the standard model. JWST is believed to give us a window into the far distant past. But what we are finding is "mature" galaxies popping up in places where the universe is supposed to be in its infancy, according to the supposed 13.8 billion year age of the universe. And this astrophysicist is trying to put together a new model, which allows for these ancient galaxies, without hopefully adding too much time to the age estimate. What will the new age turn out to be? Nineteen billion? Twenty-nine billion?

Basically, what we see here is the supposedly well-established age of the universe, touted as the reason for abandoning the Biblical chronology, is much in doubt, because it very much contradicts our observations with JWST. But since we can only consider naturalistic models, a great effort must be made to rescue the standard model with modifications to the model, or to come up with a similar model. The easiest thing is to just push back the age of the universe, until you have no contradictory observations left to deal with; though the matter isn't really that simple, as this article recognizes.

It is interesting that the researchers have been trying to incorporate "tired light" into their models to help explain the "impossible early galaxy problem". I knew that the tired light idea is something that Creationists had explored in the past, as one way of dealing with the starlight travel time problem, but I didn't know there had been any other interest in it.

Of course, I don't pretend to know everything, but I put my trust in the chronology of Scripture, as did great scientists of the past such as Isaac Newton. Regarding the starlight travel time problem, I personally have found Dr. Lisle's ASC explanation to be the most convincing answer:

Distant Starlight in a Young Universe: An Introduction

But there have also been some other interesting creationist perspectives. I am thinking especially of the recent (2022) ARJ paper on "Cavitated Cosmologies":

Mach’s Principle in General Relativity and Reduced Light Travel Times in Cavitated Cosmologies

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