One of the most common public mantras today is, We follow the science." The more actual science exposes the flaws in the current narrative, the more frequently the mantra is chanted. In 1927, Georges Lemaître hypothesized the origin of the cosmos was the result of a "big bang." What banged? Well, nothing but that is another topic for another day. His proposal became the favorite origins fairy tale of scientists for nearly a century. However, a funny thing just happened. The James Webb Space Telescope was launched on December 25, 2021. According to "What Is the James Webb Space Telescope?":
The James Webb Space Telescope is the largest, most powerful space telescope ever built. It will allow scientists to look at what our universe was like about 200 million years after the Big Bang. The telescope will be able to capture images of some of the first galaxies ever formed. It will also be able to observe objects in our solar system from Mars outward, look inside dust clouds to see where new stars and planets are forming and examine the atmospheres of planets orbiting other stars.
In "James Webb Space Telescope Shows Big Bang Didn't Happen? Wait…," the images from the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) seem to be sending at least some astronomers into a panic. Why? :
Why do the JWST’s images inspire panic among cosmologists? And what theory’s predictions are they contradicting? The papers don’t actually say. The truth that these papers don’t report is that the hypothesis that the JWST’s images are blatantly and repeatedly contradicting is the Big Bang Hypothesis that the universe began 14 billion years ago in an incredibly hot, dense state and has been expanding ever since. Since that hypothesis has been defended for decades as unquestionable truth by the vast majority of cosmological theorists, the new data is causing these theorists to panic. “Right now I find myself lying awake at three in the morning,” says Alison Kirkpatrick, an astronomer at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, “and wondering if everything I’ve done is wrong.”
[Update: Kirkpatrick has protested Lerner’s handling of this quotation. See Note below.]
It appears that with the advance in being better able to gather data, the less likely the Big Bang, Banged, and there is a rush for alternative answers which exclude an intelligent designer.