Wednesday, August 8, 2007

The Creation Museum planetarium proves the universe is thousands of years old.

Transcript of today's show:

Ken Ham’s Creation Museum planetarium uses blue supergiant stars to prove that the universe is very young — only thousands of years old. Dr. Jason Lisle, astrophysicist for the museum, claims that because blue supergiant stars go supernova after a couple million of years, our Milky Way galaxy could not be billions of years old, since all of its stars would have self-destructed by now. [source: Answers in Genesis]

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Sound Off: Science & Faith. Our point/counterpoint regulars Shelley (the voice of science) and Peter (the voice of faith), comment on the story.

The Voice of Science: Shelley Greene, Ph.D., comments:
Dr. Lisle is indeed an astrophysicist. He has a Ph.D. in Astrophysics from the University of Colorado at Boulder and joined the Creation Museum team after graduation. His claim that short supergiant supernova lifetimes prove a very young universe has yet to be published in any peer reviewed journals.

I’m not an astronomer, but I have to ask myself how someone could go through an ENTIRE doctoral program in astrophysics — where the big controversy and debate are centered on how many billions of years old the universe is (12billion? 13 billion? 14 billion?)— and not be affected by the overwhelming evidence. A 6,000 year old universe would mean that all the great cosmologist minds of the last century should be fired as science authorities:

Edwin Hubble, namesake for the Hubble Telescope, and his Hubble Constant, which defines the recessional velocities of galaxies: FIRED!

Albert Einstein, perhaps the smartest human being ever born, and his space-time continuum: PINK-SLIPPED!

And Stephen Hawkings with his big bang, black holes, and baby universes: POPPYCOCK!

The Voice of Faith: Peter Williamson, M.Div., comments:
Ken Ham’s Creation Museum continues to go where “no man has gone before." By attracting a staff of qualified experts who have the science credentials to back up their claims, Dr. Ham continues to blaze new frontiers in science where few have dared to tread.

It is a great and noble effort, the reconciliation of the Word with science, and none has done it better nor more beautifully than the Creation Museum. The Museum has won the admiration of some scientists around the world. The majority of secular scientists, however, are still obviously frightened quite threatened by the notion that the true cosmological laws of the universe could be other than their own Bible – the Word according to Secular Science.

I applaud Dr. Lisle for his exciting, innovative cosmological theory and look forward to reading about it in scientific journals as well as seeing it included as part of astronomy curriculum in schools. Young Earth Creationism is a theory that is growing in popularity among Christians and others who find the evidence of secular science to be preposterous. Here are some of the groups on the web who support Young Earth Creationism, I invite you to visit them:

Answers in Genesis
Creation Ministries International
Institute for Creation Research
The Center for Natural Studies
Dr. Dino (Creation Science Evangelism)
Creation-Evolution Headlines