Chapter 1: BIG GOD, small god:  Why Cosmology Matters .

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(FOR INTRODUCTION AND TABLE OF CONTENTS SEE YESTERDAY’S POST)

Chapter 1 of Evolution, the Big Bang, and Other Fables, by A N Mack MD

For those not yet familiar with the term, cosmology is the study of the origin and the development of the universe. If your understanding of cosmology comes from motion pictures, television, or even one of many secular colleges or universities, you may believe that “scientists” have established the age and origins of the universe, and our planet.  You may believe that evolution is an “established fact”. You may even believe that science has proven the Bible to be a collection of fairy tales.

If so, you would be wrong.

One’s view of the universe is fundamentally predicated on one’s beliefs about God.  Those who choose NOT to believe in God look for accidental, random, self-directing origins for life, for our wonderful planet, and for the universe itself.  Those who understand the concept of an eternal, omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent God have no need for such impossibilities, and in fact find compelling scientific evidence supporting the Bible and Creation. Consequently, one’s view of cosmology is inseparably connected to one’s views about God. Why does this matter? Because both science and religion, when taken apart from one another, can lead to distorted and wrong views about life.

The public has a distorted view of science because children are taught in school that science is a collection of firmly established truths. In fact, science is not a collection of truths. It is a continuing exploration of mysteries.” Freeman John Dyson (1)

Science is an exploration of mysteries? But that sounds so unscientific! The whole concept of mysteries is a subtle, enigmatic conundrum.  Not scientific at all.  Not a testable, provable, measurable thing.  It seems to me that Dyson’s statement might be anathema to many modern secular writers and scientists, who seem to believe they have all the answers to all the questions.

Many secular scientists would have us believe that there is no longer a place for, or a need for mysteries.  Such things are remnants of our distant past, something from pre-history, or from the Greek and Roman empires.  Mysteries were acceptable for our feeble minded progenitors in the Middle Ages, but surely we no longer have a need for such enigmas today!  We live in the age of science, and we understand the universe!   We have looked at our own DNA. We have peered a million light years into space! What need have we for mysteries?

Yet it is the mystery of it all that attracts us to science in the first place.  We show a grade school child the unexplained movement of metal shavings when approached by a magnet.  They are fascinated. We explain to them, with an air of superiority, that it is all easily explained by magnetism.  But what is magnetism?  What causes it?  What are it’s rules and limits? We can look up the cause and quickly find that the magnetism is caused when the majority of electrons in a material spin in the same direction.  Mystery solved.

But wait.  How do we know that?  And what would cause them to spin in the same direction?  And why wouldn’t they just go back to a random orientation when challenged by any electrical or magnetic field?  And perhaps most importantly… Haven’t the atomic scientists scientists told us that there is really no such thing as particles like electrons and protons? Isn’t particle theory is just a myth to help us understand how matter works?  Magnetism is caused by the spin of electrons, but there is really no such thing as electrons!  Quite a puzzling, mysterious enigmatic conundrum.

If one were to list some of the most puzzling and unexplained matters in science (mysteries), one would have to confront such issues as:

Why do we sleep?

What causes Gravity?

What is Dark matter?

How did life begin?

How do animals migrate?

Why is there infinitely more matter than antimatter?

What is Dark Energy?

Where did the universe come from?

Each of these topics seems more puzzling than the one before.  And the scientists and secularists who claim they understand everything about the universe have NOT A CLUE about these mysteries.  Stephen Hawking, who claimed to KNOW that there were black holes, and that they radiated a particular type of energy (a type that no one has ever seen or measured) could not answer these questions.  Richard Dawkins, who claims to KNOW that there is no God, and that evolution is a fact, cannot not answer these questions.  In fact every scientist who has ever lived stands in awe, and is completely humbled by questions like these.  Yet in their pride, many secular scientists insist that they are in possession of all the necessary answers.  They teach our children that they KNOW that the Big Bang occurred and that evolution occurred, and most importantly they KNOW that their is NO GOD.

But how can a scientist claim to know such deep, complicated, and intricate things?  How can they KNOW the age of the universe when they do not even know what the universe is made of, what holds it together, or how it came to be? How can they KNOW life originated spontaneously when no one but God was there to witness it, and all the laws of nature and science say abiogenesis (life from non-life) is an impossibility?

The answer is Scientism.  What is Scientism? Tom Sorrel states, “Scientism is a matter of putting too high a value on natural science in comparison with other branches of learning or culture.”(2)  In fact many modern scientists are so enamored of their particular branch of knowledge that they, like Ian Hutchinson of MIT, believe “Science, modeled on the natural sciences, is the only source of real knowledge.”(3)

Now firstly, try to imagine a world without wonder, without poetry, without music, without philosophy, without worship, or logic, or direct knowledge or experiential knowledge or all the other ways we learn in our daily lives!  Imagine trying to learn life only from a science lab.  Such a thing is ridiculous from the outset.  Absolutely absurd. Yet this is what many modern secular scientist promote… and worse yet, this (Scientism) is what our children are being taught in our educational system!

And secondly, practitioners of Scientism will rarely admit it, but Scientism is ultimately self defeating. If science is indeed the only source of knowledge, but Scientism cannot be proven scientifically, then it is disqualified by its own rules.  The scientific method requires testing a hypothesis, and if that hypothesis, such as the belief in Scientism, cannot be tested and proven true or false, it cannot proven scientifically.  Scientism is not in itself a science.  It cannot be proven, or falsified, in a lab. It is not even scientific!  Scientism is a philosophy, and as such must be accepted, discussed, and potentially rejected under the rules of philosophy.

Now let’s compare and contrast this with what I call populist cosmology.

If you ask the man or woman on the street “Is it possible to predict the future?”, they will likely say no.  It is of course NOT possible for us to “predict the future” except in a very few, short term, low variable type situations, like tomorrow’s weather. And yet as humans, we see this as just another obstacle to be overcome. So that is exactly what secular scientists are continually trying to do, attempting to predict the weather, earthquakes, hurricanes, politics, economics, lifespans, relationships, and dozens of other events in life. This might not seem such a bad thing.  After all, isn’t that the exciting and compelling thing about science fiction, the desire to see into the future? What is the harm in that?

Well perhaps if it only involved educated, consenting adults who understood the actual underlying principles of scientific research and statistical analysis it would be acceptable. Or perhaps if it were seen for what it was, which is science fiction rather than hard science, perhaps it would be acceptable.  Perhaps if humanity were better at separating fact from fantasy…  But such is not the case. This area of “soft science” has pervaded all aspects of education and the media.

In another way of looking at this, one could say that the merger between science and pop culture has created a progeny.  That progeny is called scientism, and in the name of science, our children are instead taught scientism from early grade school all the way through college.  They are also exposed to it on shows like “Star Trek” and “The Big Bang Theory” and even “Avengers: Endgame” (all of which I find quite entertaining).  But while it is treated as actual science, many of the predictions made by scientism (about both past and future events) have much more in common with indoctrination and fortune telling than with actual, provable science.  Consider the following headline for example:

“Scientists Have Figured Out When And How Our Sun Will Die, And It’s Going to Be Epic”

So reads the headline on Sciencealert.com. (4) And the article goes on to say, “The Sun is about 4.6 billion years old – gauged on the age of other objects in the Solar System that formed around the same time. And, based on observations of other stars, astronomers predict it will reach the end of its life in about another 10 billion years.”

The science of Astronomy is indeed amazing.  Astronomers observe,  speculate, theorize and calculate.  They attempt to explain this magnificent universe in which we live.  But they fail to tell you, as they predict earth’s incineration and demise, that their theories and explanations are still, even now, full of holes the size of galaxies. 

Or for another example, consider the following article by Jillian Scudder.

It is widely understood that the Earth as a planet will not survive the sun’s expansion into a full-blown red giant star. The surface of the sun will probably reach the current orbit of Mars – and, while the Earth’s orbit may also have expanded outwards slightly, it won’t be enough to save it from being dragged into the surface of the sun, whereupon our planet will rapidly disintegrate.” (5)

Or if you prefer to get your forecasts from NBC news, here is a headline:

“Now we know what will happen when the sun dies” 

“New study suggests our star will become one of the prettiest objects in the night sky.”(6) Of course, at the time they predict our suns demise, the earth will already be long gone according to their own predictions.  The astronomers had been arguing back and forth among themselves as to whether when the sun died it would create a planetary nebula.  This latest theory (latest computer model) says it will, and it will supposedly be spectacular to see.

These are just a couple of the many pseudo-scientific internet sites that predict the future of our planet, and the fate of our sun.  But what happened to the belief that “we can’t predict the future”?  Well, you might say, “this is different… these are scientists!”  Yes, that is what they say.  But what is a scientist? And more importantly, what types of predictions for the future have scientist made?  What are their results and their credentials for predicting future events?

Well it turns out that scientists are quite good at predicting the future of a real time event in a laboratory if all the factors are known and contained, and the the basic processes of physics are completely stable. They can tell you what is going to happen in the next few minutes after you combine sodium and chloride in a test tube.  They can predict what will happen when gasoline and oxygen are allowed to interact in the presence of intense heat.  These momentary observations can be reproduced again and again in a laboratory or a test tube.  The results will be the same and are thus predictable.

But what are their credentials in predicting things even just a thousand years from now?  Has science ever done that? No.  Not yet anyway.

Martyn Shuttleworth authored the following excellent discussion about predictive science.

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Scientists and Soothsayers

“Prediction in research fulfills one of the basic desires of humanity, to discern the future and know what fate holds. Such foresight used to involve studying the stars or looking at the entrails of animals. Obviously, few pay heed to such methods, in the modern world, but many people expect scientists to become the new soothsayers and predict where humanity, the environment, and the universe will end up. To a certain extent, most scientists regularly use prediction in research as a fundamental of the  scientific method, when they generate a hypothesis and predict what will happen.As part of humanity’s quest to understand nature, predictive science is much more widespread than before. Much of this is due to the exponential growth in computing power, which allows gradually more detailed and accurate models. These are of great use in predicting the weather or natural disasters such as earthquakes and tsunamis.The other factor driving this growth of predictions in research is politics and economics. Predicting the weather benefits an economy by informing farmers about what to expect, and allows emergency services to predict when adverse weather may require action. Economics is prediction driven and, as the current economic crisis shows, incorrect predictions can be devastating, although whether politicians choose to listen to the advice of computer prediction models, if they disagree with their policies, is another matter.With the millions of dollars invested by governments, or by oil companies using the predictions of geologists to know where to drill test wells, predictive science is only going to grow. However, this entire field of science and computing rests upon the same foundations that drove early scientists, the principle of making a prediction and setting out to test it. Unfortunately, these predictions in science are at the whim of paymasters, whether in government or the private sector. This will always compromise the integrity of the scientists making predictions, but prediction in research will always drive the scientific method. That is my prediction, anyway! “(7) You may have noted Martyn’s disdain for the effects that money, power and politics can have or science, when he states “This will always compromise the integrity of the scientists making predictions”. 

And as you may have predicted, I agree entirely.

 

(1) https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/scientism

(2) Sorell, Tom. Scientism: Philosophy and the Infatuation with Science. New York: Routledge, 1991.

(3) Hutchinson, Ian. Monopolizing Knowledge: A Scientist Refutes Religion-Denying, Reason-Destroying Scientism. Belmont, MA: Fias Publishing, 2011.

(4) http://www.sciencealert.com/what-will-happen-after-the-sun-dies-planetary-nebula-solar-system

(5) phys.org/news/2015-02-sun-wont-die-billion-years.html

(6) http://www.nbcnews.com/mach/science/now-we-know-what-will-happen-when-sun-dies-ncna873041

(7) https://explorable.com/prediction-in-research

 

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Evolution, The Big Bang, and Other Fables

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AN E-BOOK BY NEAL MACK MD

INTRODUCTION AND TABLE OF CONTENTS

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Do you REALLY believe you evolved from a bacteria in a mud puddle? Do you REALLY accept that the tens of millions of species of plants and animals on our beautiful planet just accidentally appeared or developed themselves from nothing?  If you do, please read this book.  You will find many SCIENTIFIC reasons to question what you have been taught about the supposedly solid foundations of evolution. You may find that much of what you believe is founded in dogma, not scientific fact, and you will hopefully find your mind enlightened with a new view of science, and history, and especially evolution.

There exists an intricate, but little-discussed alliance between secular atheism and the teaching of evolution in our educational system.  This is fostered by a false view of science and it’s limits and abilities. Evolution is discussed, taught, pushed, and essentially propagandized, while concurrently teaching our youth that science has all the answers (Scientism), and that science “knows” that the universe is 13 billion years old. Students are taught that life created itself from nothing and evolved, and by the time they finish college most believe that the Bible and all teachings about God and His creation are fairy tales. Nothing could be further from the truth.

This book is an essential and critical addition to the debate on Evolution and Cosmology (the study of the origin of the universe).  It is essential because we must not lose another generation of youth to the false secular atheistic teachings of the public schools without providing a coherent, substantive, scientific answer to the questions of human origins. My only regret is that it was not written sooner.

I am a practicing Emergency Physician, and I have had an interest in the creation-evolution debate since I was in high school and early college. Last year I created a blog which can be accessed at Debunking-evolution.com or Evolutioncreation.net.  This book is a compilation of scientific, philosophical and scriptural post from that site, a summary of scientific findings related to the debate on evolution vs creation.

This book is a critical read for pastors, educators, and students because there now exists an abundance of scientific evidence that disproves evolution.

In addition, there is beginning to accumulate an amount of scientific evidence sufficient to cast a great deal of doubt on the secular scientists’ proposals for Deep Time and the Big Bang. All of this is abundantly supported by and compatible with scripture. But why is this important?  Who really cares exactly how old the earth is, or the universe is? It turns out it is critically important, because as I will explain in later chapters, if our youth understand the scientific failures of evolutionism and scientism, they will be far less likely to fall for the lies of atheism. (See Chapter 20.)

Science, when properly taught and understood, is not in conflict with Scripture. As I wrote last year;  “Real science, unpretentious and unassuming is this, to investigate the wonders of Creation with all the powers of our God-given intellectual capacity, and to maintain truth and objectivity at all costs.” ANM

I believe this book should become a standard for the evaluation of all future educational materials in the sciences, starting with Christian Colleges, Schools, and Academies, and then in the curriculum of every educational system in the US.

Table of Contents

1. BIG GOD, small god:  Why Cosmology Matters.   Our view of the world, our selves, our relationships, and even our families changes drastically when science tells us there is no God. But what does science really tell us?

2.  Real Science  There is no conflict between science and the Bible.  There are just incomplete understandings of both. “Real science, unpretentious and unassuming is this, to investigate the wonders of Creation with all the powers of our God-given intellectual capacity, and to maintain truth and objectivity at all costs.” ANM

3.  Evolutionism, Scientism, and the Demise of Atheism. The scientific underpinnings of evolution have been progressively weakened to the point that belief in evolution is now held completely on the basis of faith, not science.

4.  Hoaxed. Evolution will someday be shown to be the greatest hoax in the history of science.  Is it, as the title of Jonathan Sarfati’s book suggests, “The Greatest Hoax on Earth?”

5.  The Day Evolution Died. Evolution began as a theory. Secular atheist educators have now for decades pushed it as “settled science”. But the science has come full circle, and evolution is no longer even a plausible theory. Tragically in the meantime, it has become such a firmly implanted dogma that few in the educational system dare oppose it.

6.  The Cambrian Explosion. Let’s discuss the absurdity of the teachings of modern science.  Secular atheists believe in evolution, and at the same time teach that during the so-called Cambrian Explosion, all life appeared suddenly on the earth.

7.  The Data in the Strata. Do Fossils support evolution?  Absolutely NOT. Are they compatible with a great flood? Perhaps much more than you know.  Find out here.

8.  Natural Selection: The Machine that Built Itself, The human body has been called the most complex and intricate machine in the universe.  Do evolutionary scientists really have proof that we created ourselves through evolution?

9.  Micro-Evolution. The Machine that Built Itself. Evolutionary theory all comes down to chemical changes in DNA, RNA, and Proteins.  Is evolution practically, or even theoretically possible at this level?

10.  A knife in the Back. Secular scientists who study evolution are like policemen who don’t believe in murder.  What do they do when they find a dead body in the park with a knife in his back?

11.  The Created Chimp Genome. In the 1990’s we were constantly told how closely we were related to the Chimps.  Now that the real data is out, evolutionists are strangely quiet.  What does it really show?

12.  Sex: Evolutionary Accident or God’s Gift? It turns out that worldview does make a difference.  In fact, it makes an enormous difference whether our children are raised believing they are a gift from God or believing they are the result of an accident of cosmology.

13.  Science vs Reason. Yes, you read that correctly. The title of this chapter is NOT faith vs reason.  It is science vs reason. Perhaps there should never have been any conflict… but enter human nature.

14.  Antithetical, Lemmings, and Unethicalists.  What is the difference between responsible scientific inquiry and scientism? Read this chapter and find out.

15.  Five Things Everyone Should Know about Scientism. Scientism is quite possibly the most important new word every Christian should add to their vocabulary!

16.  The Failure of Uniformitarianism.  Secular scientists say they search out history by applying dependable uniformitarian assumptions.  Do they really? How dependable are these assumptions, and do they apply them all the time, or just when it is convenient and supportive of their own presuppositions?

17.  Nothing can’t Do Something. Where did the universe come from? Is the Big Bang really scientific? You may be surprised at the answer.

18.  The Absurd Cosmology of the Big Bang. Is the Big Bang actually scientific? Has it been proven? Are “holes” in the theory bigger than the theory itself… or perhaps bigger than the entire universe?

19.  To Teach, To Educate, or to Tell the Truth? A challenge to educators who have for too long just “gone along with the flow”. If we are to redeem the lives of our youth from the hopelessness and meaninglessness of atheism, and provide meaning for their lives, it must start with teaching Truth.

20.  Millennials: A generation lost in Deep Time.  What you believe about the origin of the universe affects what you believe about the Bible.  And what you believe about the Bible affects what you believe about yourself!

21.  Branch or Vine? Evolution and Scripture.  Is modern science contaminated by the secular atheistic worldview?  Is is possible that science could progress even more rapidly and honestly with a scriptural worldview?

22.  A Hope and a Future. We can still save a generation of youth.  Truth Matters.  Science Matters.  The Bible Matters.  And YOU Matter!

Authors note: For those who have followed my blog over the past year, thank you. I hope you will enjoy this concisely edited compilation of some of the facts and science surrounding the modern day fable called evolution. And I hope you will share this with your own fathers, and children, and friends.

I plan to release a chapter a day for the next 22 days.  Happy reading.

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