Belief in God Cosmology Creation/evolution Physics

Does Dark Matter matter?

Cosmology and astrophysics nowadays is dominated by the need for the inclusion of Dark Matter at every scale, from galaxy size, to cluster size, to super-cluster size, to the size of the whole Universe. It is needed at every scale size to get the physics to agree with the observational data. After 50 years of looking in local laboratory experiments there has not been a single trace of it found anywhere. And it would not be overstating the case to say Dark Matter is in serious crisis!

This situation reminds me of a current political trend in America, that is, “Black Lives Matter”, which has turned into a major movement. The proponents of it, describe it as a response to virulent anti-Black racism that they claim permeates the US society.

With that in mind, and in response to a discussion on Dark Matter, a friend sent me this graphic (see Fig. 1), quite obviously as a joke. It is funny but on another level it highlights a problem in the cosmology/ astrophysics society that is not so funny. The problem is that the majority are saying “Dark Matter Lives”. And they are saying that despite the actual experimental evidence to the contrary. In their minds it only “lives” because without it the standard paradigm is “dead”.

Big bang cosmology and the dynamics of galaxies and clusters of galaxies require that “Dark Matter Lives”. Those who voice the obvious fact that Dark Matter is not real, or, should I say, is “dead”, are sidelined or ridiculed. The secular physics community hold that those who express such opinions are expressing a sort of anti-science bias because it ultimately involves a rejection of the big bang paradigm.

Recently the Dark Matter crisis has deepened even more. The admission by a group of theoretical physicists that the physics theory called supersymmetry (SUSY) has been all but disproven by 10 years of experimental searching with the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has made matter worse.1  That meant one of the last hopes of a dark matter particle was the expected lowest mass supersymmetric particle, which has not been detected. Other searches for dark matter particles among neutrinos have also not been successful. After 50 years of searching no Dark Matter has ever been found. It existence is purely a matter of faith.

Thus the reason the proponents hold such personal opinions and why emotions run so high is because ultimately this is not about science but about beliefs. By challenging the belief that “Dark Matter Lives”, by saying that “Dark Matter is Dead”, ultimately one is challenging the validity of the big bang origin of the Universe. No big bang means one is faced with a stark choice. No big bang and the atheist must choose an eternal universe, but without a Creator.And that belief has bigger problems than the big bang has now. And no big bang means one less excuse because the big bang is put forward as the first cause of the Universe without a Creator.3  Finally there are those believing theists who use the big bang as evidence of the true First Cause, the eternally self-existent Creator. Where is their argument then when the secular community finally abandons the big bang origin? The Dark Matter crisis has only deepened these problems.

So whether Dark Matter Lives or Dies, matters!


  1. J.G. Hartnett, SUSY is not the solution to the Dark Matter crisis, August 30, 2016.
  2. J.G. Hartnett, An eternal big bang universe, February 26, 2015.
  3. J.G. Hartnett, The Big Bang theory vs the big God theory, January 26, 2014.

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By John Gideon Hartnett

Dr John G. Hartnett is an Australian physicist and cosmologist, and a Christian with a biblical creationist worldview. He received a B.Sc. (Hons) and Ph.D. (with distinction) in Physics from The University of Western Australia, W.A., Australia. He was an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Outstanding Researcher Award (DORA) fellow at the University of Adelaide, with rank of Associate Professor. Now he is retired. He has published more than 200 papers in scientific journals, book chapters and conference proceedings.