The critics, including Ethan Siegel, appear to see Meyer much like Voldemort in the Harry Potter series.
What can we infer about the cause of the universe, about what brought it into being?
The Big Bang theory also gives us an age for the universe. The latest estimate, based on several cosmological observations, is 13.80 +/- 0.02 billion years.
Cosmologists have come a long way since Edwin Hubble published that ratty looking plot of galaxy recession velocities versus distance.