“The Origin of Everything: Much Ado About Nothing” is a talk by physical chemist Peter Atkins on the boundaries between science and philosophy when it comes to examining the origins of the universe and nothingness.
The following is a timeline for creation laying out the distinct and important moments from a scientific and biblical perspective. For more of my posts on creation please see:
- Were the Days of Creation Long Periods of Time or 24 Hours?
- The Sixth Day of Creation Was Just Too Long to be 24 Hours
- Is There Scientific Evidence for Young Earth Creationism?
- Why I Believe Young Earth Creationism is Simply Dead Wrong
- Young Earth Creationism’s Interpolation
- Yes, There Are Gaps in the Biblical Genealogies
I always enjoy dialogues on origins. Big bang standard model or oscillating? Multiverse or just one? Six thousand years or 13.7 billion years ago? Darwinism or design? One thing I’ve noticed with young earth creationism is that they seem to insert, or interpolate, their own presuppositions into the record of nature. They’re performing their own eisogesis into science. I know that one can never free anything from presuppositions, like the reliability of my senses or that other minds exist other than my own, but I wonder if a creationist could look at the data concerning the record of nature, without using the Bible, and come to the same conclusions. If they do then why are so many cosmologists and biochemists in disagreement with them, is it a conspiracy (not using this as an argument)? Why are the only people who believe the universe was created six thousand years ago are those who have a specific interpretation of the Bible? If they come to a conclusion that the universe is nearly 13.7 billion years old then how does that not falsify their biblical interpretation? On what grounds is one warranted falsification? If the former of the two main questions is true, then what is wrong with academia and scientists, why only the select few? If the latter of the two main questions is true, then it seems like young earth creationism is unfalsifiable. Just some thoughts from this morning.