Is Science Your God?

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The
stars are so far away, billions of light years they say, so the
Earth and its accompanying planets must at least be that old, since
we can see the light from those stars. Look also at the rock strata
in the Grand Canyon. It must have taken millions of years for that
deep canyon to form. Therefore, the Biblical teaching that the Earth
and all of creation is just a mere 6000-7000 years old is archaic
thinking, right? Maybe the six days of creation described in the
Book of Genesis by Moses really refers to long periods of time like
some Biblical revisionists claim.

Hold
on a moment. In taking a look at the universe, astronomers estimate
it is about 12 billion years old (or wide). However, scientists
at the Imperial College of London calculate that starlight, travelling
at the speed of light couldn't have even made it half way across
the universe by now. Researchers conclude that light must have travelled
faster than the known speed of light (186,282 miles per second)
at some time in the past. How much faster? By a factor of 10 with
69 zeros behind it. Only recently have scientists begun to examine
if it's possible for light to travel at anything other than a fixed
speed. In the laboratory light has been speeded up 300 times faster
and slowed down to a stop. If light travelled at a different speed
at some time during the beginning of the universe, then the scientific
assumptions used to estimate the age of the universe have to be
re-thunk. Do scientists have the integrity to admit they really
don't know the age of the universe? Are they willing to reveal the
assumptions behind their mystifying calculations on the beginning
of time?

How
long for canyons and continents to form?

What
about that deep canyon in Arizona? Must have taken millions of years
to form, just like the continents that scientists say took millions
of years to split apart from a solid land mass called pangea. But
these estimates too, like the ones for the speed of starlight, were
based upon the assumption that magma (hot granite) moves very slowly.
Upon re-examination, scientists last year discovered that melted
granite moves very quickly, so fast that the continents could have
formed in as little as a thousand years!

The
guides at the Grand Canyon tell visitors that the rock layers there
are millions of years old. The signs at the Carlsbad Caverns in
New Mexico once said its dripping limestone formations (called stalactites)
were 260 million years old. This figure was based upon the assumption
that limestone drippings take millions of years to form. Only later
did researchers realize that limestone dripping can advance by quite
a few inches in a few short years. The sign at Carlsbad Caverns
was later changed to 2 million years, and now the sign is gone.

Recently
University of California geologists visited Indonesia and re-dated
the well-known Java Man fossil, estimated to be 1.8 million years
old. They came up with the figure of 32,000 years. OK, so one fossil
was mis-dated decades ago, what's the big deal? The eyebrow raiser
is that paleontologists date these fossils by the rock strata they
are found in. If that rock strata isn't millions of years old in
Indonesia, then how old are parallel rock layers in the Grand Canyon?
The recent deep stratified canyon that rapidly formed following
the Mount St. Helens volcanic eruption in the state of Washington
reveals how quickly such canyons can be hollowed out. The guides
at the Grand Canyon probably won't be changing their scripts soon,
but the whole rock dating scheme appears to be in a state of disarray.

Rate
of DNA mutation

Well,
maybe starlight and rock layers just aren't good measures of time.
But certainly mutational rates in human DNA can be calculated and
the age of homo sapiens dated back farther than any Biblical estimates.
By calculating one DNA mutation every 300-600 generations (every
6000-12,000 years), based upon the assumption that one generation
equals 20 years, scientists have estimated the age of the first
humans. Eve, the woman whose DNA was ancestral to all living people,
probably lived 100,000-200,000 years ago in Africa, said researchers.
But last year scientists admitted they had made a mistake. The rate
of DNA mutation may have been 20 times faster than their original
calculations. Under the new calculations, Eve would be a mere 6000
years old. That's about what the Bible indicates by backward tracing
of its extensive genealogies.

Big
Bang fizzles

One
of the holy grails of science has been the Big Bang theory, that
the universe began a few billion years ago from an explosion of
super condensed matter. Some observations that the universe appears
to be expaning outward, initially made by Edwin Hubble (Hubble space
telescope fame) appeared to fit this model. What you may not read
in school science books that often promote this theory as unequivocal
fact is that the Big Bang doesn't match the landscape of the cosmos.
The universe is flat rather than scattered in all directions, and
it has an even background temperature. One would expect matter to
be spread in all directions unevenly, like a paint can exploding
in your garage.

So
scientists can't figure out what's holding the universe together.
They theorize some kind of hidden matter holds everything together.
String theorists, an elite group of mathematicians and physics professors,
are attempting to develop a hypothesis that "strings"
everything from gravity to subatomic particles into a single hypothesis.
Their theory is that there are "strings," entities smaller
than a millionth of a trillionth the size of an atom, that knit
everything into place. The problem is, after more than a decade
of research, the string theorists have yet to devise a laboratory
test for their theory. What's a hypothesis without a test? (Psst,
I'll help you out, it's called a religion.) Federal grants, prestigious
awards and tenured faculty positions abound for string theorists.
Yet, so far, they might as well have been writing comic books. Science
isn't even sticking to its own disciplines.

Who
first proposed the theory of relativity?

When
Albert Einstein offered his theory of relativity, and his famous
E = MC2 equation, what became apparent is this. If a rocket ship
carrying humans at the speed of light left Earth and returned two
decades later (Earth time), the people on the space ship wouldn't
have aged as much as those on Earth. What the scientists and the
journalists of the day failed to recognize was that Einstein was
the second person to make this discovery. The idea that time is
relative was penned a few thousand years prior to Einstein in the
book of Psalms – "for a thousand years in your (God's)
sight are like a day." [Psalms 90:4]

Why
aren't we more skeptical of science?

The
Book of Ecclesiastes says that "no man can find out the work
that God maketh from the beginning to the end." (3:11) The
Book of Job says "God thundereth marvelously with His voice;
great things doeth He; which we cannot comprehend." (37:5)

Michael
Scriven once said: "An extremely healthy dose of skepticism
about the reliability of science is an absolutely inevitable consequence
of any scientific study of its track record." Schopenhauer
once said "All truth passes through three stages; first, it
is ridiculed; next it is violently attacked; finally, it is held
to be self-evident."

An
unknown author offers this story: "The experimentalist comes
running excitedly into the theorist's office, waving a graph taken
off his latest experiment. "Hmmm," says the theorist,
"That's exactly where you'd expect to see that peak. Here's
the reason" (long explanation follows). In the middle of it,
the experimentalist says: "Wait a minute," studies the
chart for a second, and says, "Oops, this is upside down."
He fixes it. "Hmmm," says the theorist, "you'd expect
to see a dip in exactly that position. Here's the reason….."

The
apostle Paul said "If any man think that he knoweth any thing,
he knoweth nothing." [I Corinthians 8:2] He advised followers
in Greece to "stand fast, and hold the traditions which you
have been taught." [II Thessalonians 1:15] "Keep that
which is committed to thy trust…….. and oppositions of science
so called." [I Timothy 6:20]

Isaac
Asimov once said: "The young specialist in English literature
lectured me severely on the fact that in every century people have
thought they understood the universe at last, and in every century
they were proved to be wrong. It follows that the one thing we can
say about our modern u2018knowledge' is that it is wrong."

Is
science your God?

August
11, 2001

Bill
Sardi is a journalist residing in Diamond Bar, California. His new
book is
Big
God vs. Big Science
(Here & Now Books, 107 pages, illustrated, $7.00) at
www.hereandnowbooks.com.

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