You already know about the recent discovery of gravitational waves. It’s a great triumph for science. But gravity waves aren’t mentioned in the bible, so you have no doubt been wondering: What do creationists say about this?
Today we have a reaction from the creation scientists at Answers in Genesis (AIG) — the creationist ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia. Their headline is What Does the Detection of Gravity Waves Mean for the Creation Model?
It was written by Danny Faulkner. Here’s AIG’s biographical information about him. They say he taught physics and astronomy until he joined AIG. His undergraduate degree is from Bob Jones University — an impressive credential indeed. Here are some excerpts from his post, with bold font added by us for emphasis. He begins by saying:
On Thursday, February 11, 2016, the physics and astronomy community were abuzz with the announcement of the first direct detection of gravity waves. Albert Einstein had predicted the existence of gravity waves a century ago.
Yes, we know. Most of Danny’s post is a description of how the discovery was made. We’ll skip that because there are far better sources of information — for example, The inside story of the gravitational wave observation. Near the end, he finally gets around to what interests us:
What does this mean to the creation model? Not much.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Why not? The bible is supposed to tell us everything there is to know, yet it doesn’t mention gravity, black holes, or anything else relevant to the discovery of gravity waves. Surely, from the creationist perspective, this whole thing should be blasphemous rubbish. But Danny doesn’t think so. Let’s read on:
Some creationists may wonder about the distance, but we already know about many objects even farther away.
Danny is referring to the source of the detected gravity waves — a black hole collision 1.3 billion light years away from us. Those gravity waves should have taken a wee bit longer than 6,000 years (the biblical age of the universe) to get here. But Danny isn’t troubled by that. He explains:
Creationists are well aware of the light-travel-time problem, and we have proposed several solutions.
Oh yeah, they’ve got solutions. Danny links to something he wrote earlier, but let’s not get into that. Here’s more:
Others may wonder about the modeling that went into this. As an astronomer and physicist who happens to be a biblical creationist, I don’t see a problem with this.
Gasp! Why would Danny accept mere modeling? That’s sinful man’s information, which AIG usually urges us to reject. We’re getting very confused. Moving along:
There is good evidence that black holes exist. Contrary to what a few creationists seem to think, black holes were not made up to salvage evolutionary ideas.
This is very strange. Here’s another excerpt:
God probably made neutron stars and black holes on Day Four, along with the other astronomical bodies.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Yeah, probably. And now we come to the end:
This first direct confirmation of gravitational waves is just another example of how far out and cool God’s creation can be.
We’re getting mixed messages from creationists. As you recall, we recently wrote that Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, claims that Gravity Waves Are Caused by Sin. Now, ol’ Hambo’s outfit says they’re “far out and cool.” Someone less charitable than your Curmudgeon might suspect that those creation scientists are just making it up as they go along.
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