All Proposals Describing the Cause of the Big Bang Are Hypotheses

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All proposals describing what preceded the big bang are hypotheses, as there has not been enough empirical evidence to classify any of these proposals as theories. “A hypothesis attempts to answer questions by putting forth a plausible explanation that has yet to be rigorously tested. A theory, on the other hand, has already undergone extensive testing by various scientists and is generally accepted as being an accurate explanation of an observation. This doesn’t mean the theory is correct; only that current testing has not yet been able to disprove it, and the evidence as it is understood, appears to support it.http://www.wisegeek.org/