How many nights have you tossed and turned in bed, unable to sleep because you keep wondering about the age the universe? If you’re like most secularists, you’re going mad because those silly astronomers keep announcing new answers.
Today, dear reader, we have good news for you. Your intellectual anguish is over because there is someone who can — at last — give you the correct answer. Yes, you guessed it. We’re talking about Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else.
At the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), Hambo’s creationist ministry, he just posted The Universe Is 13.8 Billion Years Old—No Wait, It’s 12.6 Billion Years Old. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
How old is the universe? Well, we can know for sure, but I’ll get to that in a moment. [Hurry!] But from a secular standpoint, the answer to that question depends on which study you read — because they can’t agree! [The fools!] Here’s what I mean.
Then he explains:
One study, of which the popular summary was published July 15, 2020, claims the universe is 13.8 billion years old. They based this age on “the best image of the infant universe.” So they used what they call the “oldest light” to determine the age of the universe — and they’re confident it’s 13.8 billion years old.
The “popular summary” to which Hambo refers is in Science Daily: New research of oldest light confirms age of the universe. However, the article forthrightly says that new data may suggest a new answer to the question: Here’s a small excerpt:
Just how old is the universe? Astrophysicists have been debating this question for decades. In recent years, new scientific measurements have suggested the universe may be hundreds of millions of years younger than its previously estimated age of approximately 13.8 billions of years.
13.8 billion years is pretty much what’s been the standard estimate in recent years. Hambo then informs us:
But two weeks later, the popular summary of another study was published. It claims the universe is 1.2 billion years younger than that — “only” 12.6 billion years old. [Gasp!] This younger age that the popular summary published was based on what the paper said about the expansion rate of the universe and light from distant galaxies.
This new “popular summary” is from Fox News. Their story is titled Universe might be 1.2B years younger than previously believed, experts say. This estimate was the result of a different method, which you can read about if you wish. PhysOrg has a good article: New approach refines the Hubble’s constant and age of universe.
These are interesting times, and that’s an exciting field in which to work, because researchers haven’t yet settled the matter. Hambo does his best to make this seem like a knife fight among godless scientists. He tells us:
So which is it? 13.8 billion years or 12.6 billion years? That’s just a difference of a “mere” 1.2 billion years, after all, but why such conflicting results? Well, it’s because both have the wrong starting point — man’s ideas of naturalism and billions of years.
Egad — man’s ideas! How horrible! But then, what is the correct starting point? Here it comes:
The correct starting point for our thinking isn’t billions of years. [Did anyone ever start with billions of years?] That’s a belief imposed on the observable evidence, such as the cosmic microwave background and light from distant galaxies. Because the models of these researchers have the wrong starting point (i.e., wrong assumptions), they’re drawing wrong interpretations and conclusions from the evidence.
Hambo gives us the correct starting point:
But we can know the age of the earth and universe because Scripture gives us the information we need to determine how old earth and the universe are. Genesis chapter 1 tells us God created everything in six days (Exodus 20:11 reaffirms this), so we know earth and the universe are roughly the same age.
Ooooooooooooh! At last, we have a reliable source of information. Hambo continues:
Then Genesis chapters 5 and 11 give us detailed chronologies that, when added together, give us approximately 2,000 years from Adam to Abraham. We know Abraham lived about 2,000 years before Christ, and Christ is 2,000 years before us — that’s approximately 6,000 years for the earth and universe.
Aha! Six thousand years. That’s the answer! Hambo concludes with this:
God’s Word gives us the eyewitness account of history. [An eyewitness account!] He never lies (Titus 1:2) so we can trust his Word to give us the true history of earth, the universe, and life itself.
Now you can sleep at night, dear reader. Thanks to ol’ Hambo at last you have the answer.
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