Challenges to an Old Cosmos
This is indeed the most difficult chapter for me to review. Since I am not a practicing astrophysicist or astronomer, my review will be as a layman, and I freely admit that I do not fully comprehend many of the issues mentioned.
Having said that, Dr. Ross does take a large chunk of the chapter refuting ideas that biblical creationists no longer believe or are rhetorical (Challenges 1-4 and 11)
In challenge 7, Dr. Ross gives reasons why he disagrees with Jason Lisle’s Anisotropic Synchrony Convention (ASC). In their most recent debate, when Dr. Ross brought up his disagreements, Dr. Lisle showed why Dr. Ross’s assumptions and reasons were based on the question begging fallacy and flawed assumptions. Because Dr. Lisle has shown to be consistent in his biblical hermeneutics, I find his answer more compelling.
Below is a new answer for the starlight reaching earth in a biblical timeframe for which Hugh Ross has yet to provide an answer.
There is more information about this new model in the links below
On pg96 when trying to address “Challenge 9: Old-earth creationists have their own light-travel-time problem” he says:
However, it is not possible for the universe, given its current spatial dimensions, to possess such uniformity and homogeneity in only 13.79 billion years unless the universe experienced a very rapid, very brief hyperinflation event shortly after it was created. Without the inflation event the universe would need to be orders of magnitude older than billions of years to exhibit the uniformity and homogeneity that it does.
It seems to me that even though Dr. Ross says “the laws of nature have never changed”, he tries to hide the changing of the laws of nature within the one trillionth of a one trillionth of a one trillionth of a second after the beginning where there is some supernatural alternative physics called hyperinflation. He says that term, hyperinflation, which sounds very sciency, but it appears to simply be a place to hide his altered physics to accommodate old earthism.
In Challenge 10: Radiometric decay was faster in the past, Dr. Ross says he will address it in a future chapter, so I will address his addressing in a future chapter.
Dr. Ross ends this chapter with some comments from non-Christians:
A spokesman for the U.S. Geological Survey (a key witness in the 1981 Arkansas creation-evolution trial) equated the creationists’ claims for a young Earth with “the flat Earth hypothesis and the hypothesis that the sun goes around the Earth.”
This is both ad hominem and a strawman fallacy.
Allen Hammond and Lynn Margulis made this comment about the young-universe view: “Adoption of creationist [this is, young-universe creationist] ‘theory’ requires, at a minimum, the abandonment of essentially all of modern astronomy, much of modern physics, and most of the earth sciences.”
This is both a sweeping generalization fallacy and strawman. The wording could be more truthful if instead of the word “science”, we replaced it with “modern academic paradigm.” Both old earthers and biblical creationists use the concepts of science. It’s a matter of presuppositions. Old earthers assume naturalistic origins and extrapolate backwards. Biblical creationists assume catastrophism (global flood as the Bible teaches), which explains what we see in the past.
If taught that a young universe is the Bible’s clear message, many seekers and nonbelievers will conclude, under the barrage of compelling scientific evidence for the universe’s antiquity, that the Bible must be accepted on a purely subjective, nonfactual basis.
Anytime you see Dr. Ross say “scientific”, you can replace it with “modern academic paradigm”. But the way Ross has stated it, we see again that he elevates the modern academic paradigm over the Bible. This is terrible hermeneutics.
He finishes with a strawman argument
As for sincere young-earth Christians, the tenets of young-earth creationism dictate that they must shut out science and its facts altogether to preserve their faith.
As biblical creationists, we can praise God for the consistent nature of his revelation. We do not have to redefine the words in the Bible to accommodate modern academic paradigms or cultural changes in sexuality or political revolutions as we have seen Dr. Ross do. God’s Word is eternal and we can trust God to keep his word regarding the future since we can trust his revelation from the past.
that one trillionth of a trillionth of a trillionth of a second is childish nonsense intended to impress gullible people brought up on StarTrek movies.
In that tril/tril/tril/second light by any definition would only travel fractions of a millimetre.
Ross is obviously unable to accept that at Creation there was no universe – just an empty space that expanded out for 3-4 days during which GOD created and set in place the sun, moon and planets around Earth and then set the stars off on their journeys driven by their own star power that made them all move away from each other just as the debris of an explosion flies away from all other debris in what I think slo-mo film woud show to be a perfect sphere or hemisphere depending on if the explosion was on the ground or suspended above ground.
Air war film shows ack-ack bursts are spherical and I think Earth would act as explosion centre for the stars.
As there is no way we can ever travel to a star and they have no affect on our lives it is a waste of time and money pondering or debating them.
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I like how you refer to Dr. Ross’s description of ‘science’ as a ‘modern academic paradigm’. That’s exactly what it is. I often refer to it as ‘secular science’, but I like your description and might have to borrow it.
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Please do. I’d like for all Christians to start using it
Reblogged this on a simple man of God and commented:
I have been seeing so many who disagree with even the possibility of a young earth resorting either to arguing against older (usually outdated) creationist arguments or by using outside definitions to explain “what young earth creationists really mean.” Dr. Ross does much of this himself in this book. Every side has a distant starlight problem, but discounting arguments merely because of consensus is, frankly, unscientific.
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Wow part 15!
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