Stellar Stories, Part 1

As we have seen, essentially every method of dating earthen material – be it geophysical, geochemical, archaeological, etc – is built on intricate assumptions that are absolutely crucial in regard to determining an accurate timeframe for the planet. Raising our eyes skyward however provides other insights. There is a great many evidences from the heavens above which can tell us much about the past, and unfortunately for most young-Earth creationists, such evidences oftentimes signal the death knell for conversations about deep-time, with most counterarguments to stellar dating methods sounding contrived and tenuous at best. Must it be so? Are the evidences against a young creation so great in space that it can immediately stall any true consideration? The answers may surprise you…

Once, the universe was thought by researchers as eternal, existing in a state of constancy with only minor events occurring from time to time. Eventually, they decided that that model was insufficient, beginning then to promote the notion that the universe was in fact several million years old. Support of that model too came and went, and it was eventually replaced in turn. Generations later, most researchers today subscribe to the current model, one dedicated to its assertions that this universe is approximately 14 billion years in age. 

With the current model, the mainstream has woven an epic tale of slow, godless creation. In the beginning, some 14 billion years ago, a mysterious event known as the Big Bang took place, acting on single infinitely dense and infinitely hot point of matter: the singularity. Then, it was only as large as the period at the end of this sentence, but then something changed. At that time the singularity began to expand exponentially in size and at speeds which boggle the mind, showing no consideration for the laws of physics as we recognize them. Physically, the expanding universe was composed of an intensely energetic matter known as a quark-gluon plasma, which, through constant extraphysical collisions, formed concentrations of particles and antiparticles. Rapidly – by some 10^-6 seconds after the Big Bang – as temperatures cooled and the natural laws of physics became established across the expanse of the universe, the first protons and neutrons formed. Minutes passed, fundamental developments came and went, and while temperatures still ranged as high as 1.7 billion degrees Fahrenheit, simple particles began to combine to form the first hydrogen and helium nuclei across the expanse.

Hundreds of thousands of years later, as the universe continued to cool, the hydrogen and helium nuclei merged with electrons forming true atoms, with remnant radiation from that time being known as the cosmic microwave background radiation. Eventually, the nearly uniform distribution of atoms across the universe began to change, with various areas becoming slightly denser than others, gravitationally drawing evermore matter to these regions in a process that would eventually spawn enormous clouds of celestial gas and dust. From these of course were born the common features of our universe, the sprawling galaxies, twinkling stars, and myriad planets.

All told, it’s a compelling model, beautiful in composition and bold in its assertions. Even so, is it true? Can we honestly and securely say that these are in fact the details of this universe’s birth? While any researcher of the field will tell you that any theory is liable to change somewhat, most would assert that, at least in the bold strokes, the current model is trustworthy. Still, as we have established before, was anyone present to observe these events? Can we be so certain about the nature of physics from a time we cannot observe or even readily test, especially in light of the understanding that the very physics used to conceive the current model cannot be trusted past a certain point in the past? Of course, the mainstream will continue to doggedly latch themselves onto such models because they are sufficient in what they offer, even in spite of the obvious and myriad flaws intrinsic to them. 

– This was an excerpt fromRemnants of Eden: Evolution, Deep-Time, & the Antediluvian World.” Get your copy here today. God bless! –

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