Ken Ham, the Cosmologist

With Stephen Hawking gone, you may have been wondering who could take his place as the world’s leading cosmologist. Well, dear reader, we have the answer. It’s Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the ayatollah of Appalachia,, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else.

In case you have doubts, take a look at what he just posted at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), his creationist ministry: Is a Second Big Bang Coming? Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:

“Our universe may end the same way it was created: with a big, sudden bang.” This is the opening line of a recent article on Business Insider [A 2nd ‘Big Bang’ could end our universe in an instant — and it’s all because of a tiny particle that controls the laws of physics]. This article highlighted research from a group of Harvard physicists who claim the universe might end with an “instantaneous bang” in 10139 years (that’s 10 million trillion trillion . . . with a lot more trillions of years after it).

Wow! We hadn’t heard of that. We searched at PhysOrg but they didn’t have anything. Fortunately, Business Insider provides a link that led us to the published paper in Physical Review D: Scale-invariant instantons and the complete lifetime of the standard model, which you can read online. It’s 42 pages long. We didn’t read it, but we searched it for “big bang” and got no hits. Anyway, we can confidently rely on Hambo to explain it to us. He says:

Here’s their thinking: they believe the Higgs boson particle, a particle in quantum physics that gives other particles their mass, could become destabilized. This could lead to an explosion of energy “that would consume everything in the known universe and upend the laws of physics and chemistry.” Perhaps the destabilization could be caused by “curvature of space-time around a black hole” somewhere in the universe.

But have no fear. Ol’ Hambo says they’re wrong — totally wrong. He explains why:

Now, these physicists made a mistake by ignoring the history — and future — revealed to us in God’s Word. The universe didn’t start with a big bang. It started when God spoke things into existence. And it’s important to note that the Big Bang idea is based on naturalism and has the stars and sun coming before the earth — whereas the Bible states that God created the earth before the sun and stars.

That’s very comforting. We don’t have to worry about what might happen 10139 years from now. He continues:

And the universe isn’t going to end with this so-called “second big bang” (and it’s not going to end with a “heat death,” another model of universe’s end). It’s going to end in a fiery judgment when God judges sin. [Scripture quote.] Maybe we could call that God’s big bang that will end everything! But it’s a very different sort of big bang!

Fascinating. So what’s going to happen? Let’s read on:

The universe isn’t going to last 10139 years — though we don’t know when Jesus will return, he said he would return “soon” [scripture reference], which is not in trillions of years! The only reason he is delaying his return is because he is giving people time to come to repentance [scripture reference].

EgadThe End of the universe is coming soon! Hambo finishes with this:

Our prayer is that if these physicists don’t know Christ, they will repent before he returns or before their life ends and they stand before him. Repent and believe the gospel today!

So there you are, dear reader. Those physicists don’t know anything. Hambo is the world’s greatest cosmologist, and he says you should repent. Do it now, before it’s too late!

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14 responses to “Ken Ham, the Cosmologist

  1. Hambo assures us

    though we don’t know when Jesus will return, he said he would return “soon”

    Hambo is accurately reporting the claim Jesus is said to have made at Revelations 22:12: Ἰδοὺ ἔρχομαι ταχύ – I am coming soon, and usefully put the scare quotes around “soon”, given that the quote was made nearly 2,000 years ago…

  2. Scots wha hae!

    Hambo’s biblical knowledge seems to be a bit spotty. He appears to have forgotten this gem:
    Matthew 16:28–16:28
    ‘Truly I tell you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.’
    How very strange!

  3. Michael Fugate

    See how this guy tries to explain it all away. Words don’t mean what you think they mean.

  4. I see this item was featured on Answers Fake News today as well (though that cosmologist Ken Ham was not present): (from just before 17 minutes in) Apparently the second future ‘big bang’ is ‘wrong’ (it might be) because they are ‘wrong’ about an original Big Bang because they have the ‘wrong starting point’ ie ‘Man’s Word’. The usual AiG disdain and sarcasm.

    Meanwhile, from a YEC who DOES know about astronomy: (I’ve only skimmed)
    This apparent detection of light from the first stars does not appear to throw the Big Bang into doubt. Thus Hartnett’s Conclusion is fairly cautious (has Ken Ham ever been cautious?): ” … This alleged ‘detection’ of light from the first stars is also assumption built on assumption. Pull out just one and the whole house collapses. Or could it turn into a whole new realm of cosmology? That is, something like the Emperor’s new clothes where no direct evidence is needed? We’ll have to wait and see.”

    We shall indeed.

  5. Megalonyx
    Just over 2,000 years might be regarded as ‘soon’ – in a 13.7 bn year old universe anyway. (But it’s a heck of a long time in a 6,000 year old one.)

  6. Maybe Jesus came, saw what people are doing in His name, and said, “Screw it!”

  7. Theodore Lawry

    “The only reason he [Jesus] is delaying his return is because he is giving people time to come to repentance.” So when everyone becomes a good Ken Ham Christian, the world will be destroyed? That will sure inspire everyone convert to Christianity!

    I have similar reservations about the creationist passion for Noah’s Flood. The perpetrator of the Flood was a genocidal murderer. Why do creationists think this is a selling point for their beliefs?

  8. Dave Luckett

    The usual Ham. Observed fact – little enough of it as there may be, in this case – plus rational extrapolation from it – speculative as it may be, in this case – is as nothing compared with the words of a text that he regards as holy, and more importantly, one that must be read literally. For Ham, reason from evidence simply doesn’t exist, where inconvenient.

    Well, you’ll always have crazies and fruit loops, cranks, flakes, and oddballs. But they’re usually shunned or pitied, and generally solitary. Walkers who harangue passers-by. People who hold loud conversations with others who aren’t there. Hermits. Misanthropes. What continues to astonish me is that Ham makes a very comfortable living, thank you very much, from displaying his broken mind for all to see.

    I gain the impression that some at least of his adherents are willing to pay him for believing things that they can’t quite believe themselves, but think they should. Perhaps others do it because he frightens them with his “fiery” day of judgement. (A damn good scare is negotiable. Ask any witch doctor.) Perhaps there is even an element of trolling in it – people are actually prepared to pay good money to watch Ham moon the whole world of logical discourse, knowing perfectly well that it’s a form of performance art, and enjoying it on that level alone. There may be other motivations. I don’t know.
    All I can say is that it is impossible to counter with reason a mind that has specifically rejected reason from the get-go, and useless to point this out to a following that concurs in it, or at least allows it. So what do you use?

    The only thing that seems appropriate is ridicule.

  9. Dave Luckett

    @ Michael Fugate: I followed that link, and I must say that it’s a perfect example of what you mean. I have rarely encountered such bold disinformation presented with such confidence and condescension. “Pastor John”, whoever he may be, is a brazen liar, but more to the point, is a palpably obvious one.

    Jesus said that he would return before the people who heard him had all died. The original apostles believed that. Chop the text as much as you like, weasel and slime around the words any way you want, that’s what he said, according to the text, and that’s what they believed.

  10. From MichaelF’s nice link:

    “Rather, it regularly means quickly, suddenly, unexpectedly, fast. ”
    So it may happen after trillions trillions trillions etc. years indeed.

  11. That pastor at Michael’s link is bending over backwards to re-interpret those bible passages about the duration until Jesus’ return. Yet I strongly suspect that, when confronted with Genesis, he’d do an about-face and declare those days to be literal, 24-hour days.

  12. Yes, Draken, the creationist mind can be very flexible.

  13. In some of the last writings in the Bible we see concern that the expected return is taking too long. See 2 Peter 3 for example.
    Some moderns have speculated the it is a feature of a successful religion that it demand something difficult of its adherents. That will distinguish the true devotees from the sham.

  14. The universe isn’t going to last 10139 years — though we don’t know when Jesus will return, he said he would return “soon” [scripture reference], which is not in trillions of years! The only reason he is delaying his return is because he is giving people time to come to repentance [scripture reference].

    But as Dave Luckett notes above, Jesus himself said on one occasion, “Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom.” Let’s all give a shout-out to the 2,000-year-olds among us.

    As for repentance, it’s well established that according to Revelations most of us are doomed to be thrown into the lake of everlasting napalm anyway. And if God is really omniscient, He knows, and has always known, which of us will be consigned to the flames. So much for free will.