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“Hasn’t science demonstrated that it would take billions of years for the light from the farthest galaxies to reach the earth? Doesn’t this disprove the Genesis account or force us to interpret the words differently?” Not at all.
Critics of biblical creation sometimes use distant starlight as an argument against a young universe. But when we examine this argument carefully, we see that it does not work. The universe is very big and contains galaxies that are very far away, but that does not mean that the universe must be billions of years old.
Einstein’s theory of relativity launched a new way of looking at the universe. But one question remained: How long does it take light to reach the earth? The answer depends on your assumptions. “Instantly!” declares a new creationist theory.
I am delighted that my friend, John Hartnett, has responded with some objections to my proposal for a new solution to the light travel time problem.PDF Download
In 2013 D. R. Faulkner proposed what he says is a new solution to the biblical creationist starlight travel-time problem.PDF Download
Danny R. Faulkner, AiG–U.S., lays groundwork for the beginning of a new solution to the light travel time problem.PDF Download
Some recent creationists have attempted to address the light travel time problem indirectly with an implied appeal to a small universe.PDF Download
How long does it take light to reach the earth? “Instantly!” declares a new creationist theory.
The clear biblical teaching therefore is that everything in the universe is a few thousand years old, it would seem that we should only be able to see objects within a radius of 6,000 light years.PDF Download
Does the size of the universe prove that it must be billions of years old?
There are two useful conventions to define the time an event occurs: calculated time and observed time.
Much modern research in astronomy and physics is built on the assumption that the velocity of light is one of the few things that is truly consistent.
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