Steady State TheoryQUESTION: What is the steady state theory?ANSWER:
The Big Bang Theory is naturalistic science’s preferred explanation for the origins of the universe. Even so, there are questions about the theory that persist. One attempt to fill the holes left in the Big Bang Theory is a concept first developed in the late 1940’s, known as Steady State Theory.
Steady State Theory proposes that matter is being continuously created, at the rate of a few hundred atoms per year. This would allow the density of the universe to remain constant as it expands. This violates the First Law of Thermodynamics, but then again, so does the Big Bang Theory.
Scientific discoveries have shed doubt on Steady State Theory, such as cosmic background radiation. This radiation was predicted by Steady State Theory, just as it was by the Big Bang Theory. Still, cosmic background radiation fits better into the Big Bang Theory. In the 1990’s, the discovery of accelerating galaxies renewed interest in the general concept of Steady State Theory. The accelerating universe discoveries have added a lot of uncertainty to the discussion of the Big Bang Theory.
Looking at evidence, explanations, rationalizations, and arguments for naturalistic origins of the universe leads to a simple conclusion. Once all of the cards are on the table, recent discoveries have given life to interpretations that are long on theory and short on proof. To put it another way, all scientists have really proven about the origin of the universe is that they don’t really know how it happened, and they may be looking at it the wrong way.