“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.
The Bible reveals that creation was about 6,000 years ago, so how can we see stars that are millions of light-years away?
An overview of the light travel time problem, how different biblical creationists have addressed it, and the dasha solution to the problem
Distant starlight is seen as one of the biggest difficulties to trusting God’s Word about a young universe and earth.
How long does it take light to reach the earth? “Instantly!” declares a new creationist theory.
Interestingly, the big bang has a major light-travel problem of its own.
Critics of biblical creation sometimes use distant starlight as an argument against a young universe. But when we examine this argument carefully, we will see that it does not work.
Several assumptions underly the claim that supernovae tens of thousands of light years away indicate an old universe.
Light years are a measure of distance, not time. Apparently this argument attempts to insinuate that we believe the stars are only 6,000 light years away.
Does the size of the universe prove that it must be billions of years old?
have used Dr. Humphreys’ book, Starlight and Time, in a class called ‘Current Issues in Science’, a part of our general education requirements.
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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