Putting the Lie to Creationism Once and for All

Steve KinsmanStarred Page By Steve Kinsman, 31st Mar 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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To believe in creationism is to deny the incontrovertible evidence of science. In fact, if the universe is only a few thousand years old, then we would not be able to see the vast majority of the stars in the sky.

Evolution or creationism?

Last night's episode of Cosmos was devoted to an explanation of the nature of space, time, and the speed of light, and as host Neil deGrasse Tyson explained, if the creationists are correct that the earth is only 6500 years old, then it would be impossible for us to see almost all of the stars in the sky.

Light travels at a fixed speed of 186,000 miles per second, and because distances in space are so vast, we measure how far stellar bodies are from us in distance by calculating those distances in "light years," which how far light travels in one year. Thus, when we look at the Crab Nebula, for instance, which is 6500 light years away from us, what we mean by that is that we are seeing at this moment the nebula as it appeared 6500 years ago.

Explaining the obvious?

Tyson explains..."According to some beliefs, 6,500 years is the age of the universe. But if the universe were only 6,500 years old, how could we see the light of anything more distant than the Crab Nebula? We couldn't. There wouldn't have been enough time for the light to get to Earth from anywhere farther away than 6,500 light years in any direction. That's just enough time for light to travel through a tiny portion of our Milky Way galaxy.

To believe in a universe as young as 6 or 7,000 years old is to extinguish light from most of the galaxy. Not to mention the light from all the hundred billion other galaxies in the observable universe
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Of course, the fact is we can see those galaxies. We can see, with the help of powerful instruments like the Hubble Telescope, virtually back to the very beginning of the universe, just after the Big Bang, over 14 billion years ago. Thus, Tyson's refutation is complete, and it is devastating, because it points out that creationism would literally take most of the known universe away from us and make it completely invisible.

The fact that we can see past the Crab Nebula to far greater distances, to objects tens of thousands of light years away, puts the lie to creationism once and for all.

Link: Science Versus the Flat-Earthers

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Creationism, Evolution, Light Years, Neil Degrasse Tyson, Science, Speed Of Light, Steve Kinsman

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I live in California with my wife Carol, where I have been practicing professional astrology for 35 years. I write articles on astrology, but I enjoy writing on a variety of other subjects as well..

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author avatar spirited
31st Mar 2014 (#)

"To believe in a universe as young as 6 or 7,000 years old is to extinguish light from most of the galaxy"

The creationists then choose to live within their own darkness, if they believe this literally about their time span of only 6500 years.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
1st Apr 2014 (#)

Well put. Thank you spirited.

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author avatar Donald Pennington
31st Mar 2014 (#)

Kudos for trying to open someone's eyes. I'm afraid all they're gonna do is shove their fingers in their ears and say "I can't hear you! LALALALALALALALAAAAAAAA!

:-)

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
1st Apr 2014 (#)

You are probably right unfortunately. Thanks for commenting Donald.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
1st Apr 2014 (#)

Hey, good buddy, shall we simply agree to disagree?

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
1st Apr 2014 (#)

Sure. No problem with that, my friend.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
1st Apr 2014 (#)

Interesting post!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
1st Apr 2014 (#)

Thought provoking, thanks for the highlight, Steve. We have to keep our eyes and ears open all the time; learn, relearn and unlearn. I feel we have not even scratched the surface of what creation is about. I like to be eclectic as none has monopoly of knowledge - siva

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author avatar joyalariwo
1st Apr 2014 (#)

Agree with Siva here, no one trully I do say have all the info, so its definitely better or should I say safer to keep an open mind... cos we might all be pretty well bedazzled in the end.
Interesting article as always Steve!

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
1st Apr 2014 (#)

We might, except there is no end.

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
1st Apr 2014 (#)

I have a feeling there will be Much Bedazzling and a massively great enlightening taking place for one and all ....one day Steve
Bless you
Stella ><

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author avatar Jerry Walch
1st Apr 2014 (#)

I agree Stella!
Have a blessed week!

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
1st Apr 2014 (#)

Well, we certainly do need a quantum leap in the mass consciousness if we are to survive as a species, so in that sense we need to be bedazzled.

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author avatar DaddyEvil
1st Apr 2014 (#)

Hmmm... Steve, I have to comment on something here.

Science and Creationism are not normally at total odds with each other. It is only the belief that everything was created only 6,500 years ago that causes Creationism to seem to be false.

There are ways to side-step what appears to be an insurmountable problem. One of the ways is by saying that God does not count time in the same way that we do. To God, a billion years of our time may be only one day by His time.

There is also the distinct possibility that the information used by Creationists to formulate the amount of time since creation was mis-translated from the original documents which made up the original "book" that became the Bible of today. (Scholars still cannot agree on some parts of the translation from the ancient documents which comprise the original "book" into modern languages.)

It is just as likely that MORE time past between recorded events than the ancient people believed or recorded, making using time measurements from them hugely inaccurate.

I know what I believe, but do not feel it is relevant. I believe in letting others believe as they will. What other people believe does not affect my everyday life, such as it is. I try to keep an open mind... just not so open that my brain or common sense fall out and get lost.

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author avatar DaddyEvil
1st Apr 2014 (#)

Oops! I actually meant to tell you that I enjoyed reading your article.

Thank you!

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
1st Apr 2014 (#)

And I enjoyed reading your comments, but I'm puzzled why everyone refers to God as a "he".

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
2nd Apr 2014 (#)

Because in The Gospel of John Ch 17 v 22 Jesus prays that we who believe in Him may be one , as He and the Father are One ...
Jesus was definitely male , so that means God is male ....
Bless you Steve

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author avatar Blake C. Patria
1st Apr 2014 (#)

Word! Postin it on Facebook!

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
1st Apr 2014 (#)

Thank you Blake. I appreciate that.

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author avatar C.D. Moore
1st Apr 2014 (#)

I'm sure the creationists will come up with an unbelievable explanation for this as well.
Very interesting article, Steve

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
1st Apr 2014 (#)

Thank you C.D.

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author avatar Grant Peterson
1st Apr 2014 (#)

I thought that most creationists had abandoned that idea and had converted to the belief that evolution was working according to god's plan.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
1st Apr 2014 (#)

Maybe. I haven't heard about that.

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
2nd Apr 2014 (#)

My understanding of time is this Steve ....
From the creation of Adam , up to the birth of Christ is BC , then from the birth , death and resurrection of Jesus is AD ..All before the creation of man was outside our time zone ...so it could have been millions of years ( as we would recon them ) but everything withing creation as the Bible states all revolves round Jesus ...and I believe it will into Eternity .
Many blessings
Stella ><

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
2nd Apr 2014 (#)

Happy April 2nd 2014 AD to all my Wiki friends .
God bless you all .
Stella ><

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