There was a time when your Curmudgeon eagerly devoured all the science fiction stories he could find involving time travel (there must be thousands of them by now), and we were familiar with the obvious paradoxes, the non-obvious ones, and the plot flaws with which so many stories had to deal — often unsuccessfully.
The usual paradox-avoidance technique was the assumption that there was only one time machine in existence, and one time traveler. The old H.G. Wells story, The Time Machine, is typical. But of course there would inevitably be more than one — many more — which means that lots of events in the past would be altered and reality would become chaotic. That problem was often overcome by assuming some kind of Time Patrol to keep things tidy. Nevertheless, paradoxes inevitably abounded. The most commonly used technique for dealing with that was to just to keep the action moving, ignoring the paradoxes.
Because of our familiarity with time travel, we were delighted to see the subject being discussed by Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia. He’s famed for his creationist ministry, Answers in Genesis (AIG), and for the mind-boggling Creation Museum.
A holy, all-knowing man like Hambo is naturally able to discuss the subject with perfect comprehension. He just posted this at his blog: Lessons from Back to the Future. You’ve probably seen the movie, Back to the Future, and at least one of its many sequels. Ol’ Hambo is way ahead of you — as always. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
Today, October 21, 2015, is the day that Marty McFly, the hero of the 1989 movie Back to the Future Part II, arrives on when he travels to future. Although we don’t yet have flying and time-traveling DeLoreans, or self-adjusting and drying clothes; and although our hoverboards today can barely get off the ground, we do have a great time-traveling adventure in store for you.
Ooooooooooooooh — Hambo has a “great time-traveling adventure” for us! We can’t wait to read about it. He says:
In our online store we have a movie that features time travel but teaches an important lesson. This film, called Time Changer, is set in 1890 and features a Bible professor looking to receive unanimous endorsement from the board for a new book he wrote. But one board member won’t endorse it because he believes the views in the book are dangerous for future generations. He then sends Carlisle into the 21st century to see where his ideas will lead. This movie is described as a humorous conversation starter on biblical authority and why it is so important that we stand on the authority of God’s Word without compromise.
Despite our interest in time travel stories, we’ll probably skip that one. But let’s read on to see what Hambo says about it:
Now, many secularists will argue against biblical creation by saying that we have a “time travel” problem. The supposed problem goes like this: there are some galaxies that are so far away it would take light from their stars billions of years to reach Earth. Now, since we can see them, their light has already arrived here, and so the Earth can’t be only thousands of years old, it must be billions.
But, actually, this is a poor argument for those who hold to the big bang to use because it’s self-refuting — they have a similar problem!
Wow — suddenly this is interesting! What have we been missing? Here’s more:
You see, according to the big bang model, at the beginning the universe would develop different temperatures in different places in the universe. But everywhere we measure, the universe has the same temperature — even in the most distant galaxies. In order for all of the different places of the universe to reach a uniform temperature, light had to be exchanged from one place to another. But, even in the supposed 14 billion years that those who hold to the big bang believe in, there hasn’t been enough time for light to travel from one side of the universe to the other. So for those who hold to the big bang to argue that biblical creation is wrong because of this “time travel” problem are really “shooting themselves in the foot” because the argument is self-refuting!
[*Groan*] Hambo’s talking about the Horizon problem, which is addressed by the theory of cosmological inflation. Nothing new here. Besides, your Curmudgeon never thought the uniform temperature of the cosmic background radiation was a problem. If the universe all started at a point, it would have then expanded and cooled uniformly in accordance with the laws of physics, without the necessity of every distant part being instantly in contact with every other part. The same would be true if you poured two cups of coffee at the same time from the same pot — the cups, although isolated from each other, would cool uniformly.
Aside from the fact that ol’ Hambo’s complaining about a problem that has already been addressed, his raising the problem is most curious. For Hambo to claim that the horizon problem is an objection to the Big Bang, he has to assume that the speed of light is constant. Otherwise, his objection is meaningless. We understand what he’s clumsily trying to do — he wants to show that a constant speed of light involves a scientific contradiction — which it doesn’t. And it doesn’t change the fact that the speed of light clearly contradicts the universe described in Genesis.
What else does Hambo’s post have for us? Nothing. At the end he says:
Although we can’t time travel like Marty McFly, we do know Someone who created everything and is outside of time and even created time, as stated in Genesis 1:1. Since we have the testimony of the Creator God of the universe, which is the written account of the history of the world, we can be confident that the things it says are true.
So there you are, dear reader — ol’ Hambo’s adventure in time travel. Wasn’t it fun?
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