I barely made it through physics. I am a musician, for crying out loud. But I am entranced, bewildered and mesmerized by all things cosmological. To that end, I am curious to hear other opinions on the following topic. For a long time I have been uncomfortable with the party line of most Christians I associate with on Creation and Cosmology. I find it hard to believe the universe and the earth are not billions of years old, and I wince when I read overly simplistic rebuttals of the science that strongly indicates an old universe and earth. I have absolutely no problem with the Big Bang being the means God used to create the universe. But if you’ve been fighting the idea all your life…
This sounds like heresy, creating tension with other’s views of the Bible and specifically the first 3 chapters of Genesis. I don’t disbelieve Genesis – I just don’t quite get it yet, and I refuse to take a stand on this or any other issue if I’m not nigh unto 100% confident of my position. I’m not saying that young earthers are wrong – just that it’s possible they are. It’s also possible I will rejoin them down the road.
One of the theories I find intriguing is the 6 days = 14 billion years proposal as explained by a few different scientists – some who peg the conservative meter, and others who swing from the left. Many of you will recognize this theory, but if not, I think as a non-scientist I can explain it in terms we can both understand. (If these discussions leave you colder than a mackerel, now is your change to make a run for it. I’ll never know).
Shortly after the Big Bang (bypassing super-inflation/Planck time), the universe was expanding at a rate exceedingly close to the speed of light. If you could somehow have been on a spacecraft moving outward from the central point of the BB at the speed of the expanding universe, everything around you would appear quite ‘normal’. That’s the nature of relativity. No matter what “system” you’re a part of, it always seems normal to you; clocks run at the correct speed, and so forth.
But to our chosen observer (we’ll call her Katie) at a fixed point in space, say, where the earth will eventually be formed, the passage of 50 years according to her reckoning is merely the blink of an eye for you as you whiz through the universe at warp speed. And by the time you have finished your chores, eaten your vegetables, removed your gravity boots, and are ready to sleep the sleep of the just, 1/2 billion years may have passed on “earth”, or more correctly the place where earth will be formed in a couple days as you observe it through your super-telescope. Katie, as it turns out, died at a ripe old age after living a full life in the middle of space, between heartbeats for you. Such is the nature of relativity.
So perhaps you can see at least the possibility that 6 days could equal 13.7 billion years, give or take. I am well aware this will cause a train wreck with all kinds of things related to many of your theological leanings, convictions, and bedrock beliefs. And admittedly it leaves us with a lot more questions than answers. There would now officially be an almost infinite number of monkey wrenches in the system to be accounted for. (I hope you liked the way I made a sideways reference to the infinite monkey theorem. I know I did.)
One thing is absolutely certain, at least to my way of thinking. God created everything ex nihilo. He thought it all up, and then commanded it to be so, and we can only gaze at it dumbfounded and try to figure it out. And logic dictates that none of us has it all right, so it is only prudent to consider other’s ideas carefully, especially if it involves science, and you happen to be a rank hacker like this musician who lives in a corn field in Indiana.