Creationists most powerful weapon is their ability to catch you off guard with their unbelievably stupid answers to questions, and here’s a beautiful example. Someone tries to get creationists to explain how they reconcile deep space with a young earth.
I would like to discuss what appears to be a major body of evidence against young earth creationism – astrophysics.
The distances to a large number of astronomical objects have been measured by a variety of methods. Astrophysicists consider the distances to galaxies to be of the order of millions of light years, and the majority of stars within the Milky Way to be up to 100,000 light years away. If this were true, and given the invariance of the speed of light, clearly YEC is false (irrespective of the status of evolution).
Just as one example, a cepheid variable star in the galaxy M81 was observed by the Hubble telescope and measured at about 11 million light years away. See here: http://outreach.atnf…e_cepheids.html
So what is the YEC position in regard to this. Is it:
a ) The speed of light is not invariant, or
b ) All of the objects observed by astronomers, from stars to galaxies to quasars, do in fact exist within 6000 light years of Earth?
I read that, and thought, I know! I know! It’s c) they’re distant, but the light was created en route! I’m so smart.
And so wrong. Surprise! Here’s the answer one creationist gave.
If it takes 11 million years to travel to earth, how can i see it now? I’m only 20.
If it takes 11 million years to travel to earth then the viewer would need to be 11 million years old.
Aaaaaand…we’re done here. I’m gonna go close my eyes and rest a bit.