Saturday, March 15, 2014

Bill Nye Choked on Radiometric Dating Question

Comedian, actor and former mechanical engineer William Sanford Nye (b. 1955) is best known for the show Bill Nye the Science Guy (1993–98).  Nye gave a very poor response to the question regarding radiometric dating in the recent debate with Ken Ham (see the 2 hour and 7 minute mark).
First, he side-stepped the issue and brought up old stars.  That’s right, he was dancing with the stars!  Russell Humphreys (Ph.D. Physics, formerly with Sandia National Labs) wrote Starlight and Time in 1994 and gave a plausible answer to this question based on the General Theory of Relativity and gravitational time dilation.  A reasonable man or woman can see that the light travel problem applies to both the Big Bang and Creation models (as Ken pointed out regarding the horizon problem).

Nye defended an old earth based on depositional rates.  In 1883, Alexander Winchell, former State Geologist of Michigan, estimated the age of the earth at 3M years. [1]  That’s a far cry from 4.5 billion years.  That was back when gradualistic uniformitarianism was in vogue.  But now catastrophism has a wide following even within mainstream Geology.  So, if most deposits were formed rapidly, such as turbidites, the depositional rates favor Young Earth Science (YES).

Nye said Charles Lyell (d. 1875) came up with the phrase “deep time.”  Actually, it was John McPhee who wrote Basin and Range in 1980.  McPhee said, “The human mind may not have evolved enough to be able to comprehend deep time” (p. 133). 
Marie Skłodowska-Curie (d. 1934) came up with the term “radioactivity.”  Nye made the very common mistake in stating that radioactivity contradicted Kelvin’s age for the Earth (his final estimate was 24M).  In 1895, before the discovery of radioactivity, John Perry showed that convection in the Earth's interior modified Kelvin’s age of the Earth.

Some claim that YES is pseudoscience.  Bill Nye the Science Guy had an episode on that topic.  Nye said there must be aliens because there are so many stars.  Yet no one has seen aliens and there are no cities on Mars.  Extraordinary claims (aliens) require extraordinary evidence.  Nye was skeptical of the Loch Ness Monster.  According to the Smithsonian’s online encyclopedia, “Even though most scientists believe the likelihood of a monster is small, they keep an open mind …”  Perhaps Nye should be open minded towards YES.  An article in National Geographic was very fair towards Nessie and included reports from very reliable witnesses. [2]

A number of times in the debate ice core dating was brought up.  We have a post on ice cores.
Nye should read Kicking the Sacred Cow by former aeronautical engineer and award winning SciFi author James Hogan.  Hogan is very sympathetic to YES.  Ken Ham sent Nye a book in The New Answers Book series – will Nye have an open mind and read it and seriously consider the evidence?

As for the question posed to Nye in the debate, Ephraim Fischbach (Purdue University) gave a talk at the Institute for Theoretical, Atomic and Molecular and Optical Physics (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics) providing firm data that indicates that the sun affects radioactive decay rates.  John Woodmorappe (M.A. Geology) has written an excellent book refuting radiometric dating and millions of years.  Jay Wile (Ph.D. Nuclear Chemistry, Univ. of Rochester), at one time a skeptic regarding accelerated radioactive decay, has some great info on varying decay rates.

Soft tissue in dinos, as discovered by Mary Schweitzer and others, says that dinos are young and the dating methods are wrong.  As Tim Stafford (The Adam Quest) asks, “How could something as delicate as blood cells survive sixty million [sic] years?” [3]

Pray for Bill.  The Apostle Paul persecuted the church.  Bill is persecuting YES.  Paul was gloriously converted (Acts 9, 22, 26).  The same thing can happen to Bill!  Will Bill Nye the Science Guy be blinded by the light (Acts 22:11)?

Nye is the head of the Planetary Society.  Feel free to send him a letter of encouragement or some creation books (such as the New Answers Books):

Attn. Bill Nye
The Planetary Society
85 South Grand Ave
Pasadena  CA  91105

1) "Celebrating the age of the Earth" by Simon Knell and Cherry Lewis, Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 2001, vol. 190, p. 1-14, p. 7.
2) “Loch Ness: the lake and the legend” by William Ellis, National Geographic, Vol. 151, No. 6, June 1977, p. 759.
3) The Adam Quest by Tim Stafford (Nelson Books, Nashville, TN, 2013), p. 105.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

The 23 Enigma

Consider the primes:  2 3 5 7 11 13 17 19 23 ...

The first two primes are 2 and 3, put them together and get 23.

33 – 22 = 27 – 4 = 23

V = 5 = 2+3 => 23
There are 23 Definitions in Euclid’s Elements.
Georg Bush is often called “W” which is the 23rd letter.  George and Laura are both from Midland, Texas (state unemployment record holder).  Benjamin Harrison, the 23rd President of the United States, served between Grover Cleveland's two non-consecutive terms.  NED  =>  14+5+4=23  (where A=1, B=2 … N=14).  Samuel Morse's original 1844 message was "What hath God wrought" (Num. 23:23).   

On a standard keyboard W (the 23rd letter) is right between the 2 and 3 in the next row => 23.  If you do have a hang-up about 23, be sure to stay away from microspectrophotometers (23 letters).

Charles Darwin wrote his book on the theory of Evolution in 1859 => 1 + 8 + 5 + 9 = 23.  Both mother and father contribute 23 chromosomes to the DNA of a child.  A day is actually 23 hours (rounded down)‼  Well, that’s the sidereal day and it’s about 23 hours and 56 minutes.  The regular day of 24 hours is the time between two noons.  Earth's axial tilt is 23.4 degrees

The plane crash that killed Buddy Holly (from Lubbock), Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper (“The Day the Music Died”) occurred on 2-3-1959:  (2-3) + 1+9+5+9  = 23!  Austrian composer Alban Berg (d. 1935) was obsessed with the number 23.  Berg’s opera Wozzeck was completed in 1922.  Excerpts from Wozzeck were performed in 1924.  1923 is in the middle.

84 = (2*2*3) * (2+2+3) ≈ 22 + 2π2 + 3e3 = 83.996
Notice the 2’s and 3’s => 23
String the first few primes together:  2 3 5 7 11 13 => 23,571,113 (23 evenly divides this number).
23 also divides 423,571,113,171,923 which is made from the primes from 2 to 23 with a 4 in front.

“The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want” (Ps. 23:1).  Only if the Lord is our Shepherd can we find true peace and happiness.  Sin is our biggest problem, “… you have sinned against the LORD; and be sure your sin will find you out” (Num. 32:23).

Who wrote Genesis and the rest of the Pentateuch?  Leviticus 23:23 gives the answer, “the LORD spake unto Moses.”  For many years the Books of Moses, including Genesis 1-11, have been ignored and treated as myth.  The children of Israel did something similar:

Then the king commanded all the people, saying, "Keep the Passover to the LORD your God, as it is written in this Book of the Covenant."  Such a Passover surely had never been held since the days of the judges who judged Israel, nor in all the days of the kings of Israel and the kings of Judah.  But in the eighteenth year of King Josiah this Passover was held before the LORD in Jerusalem (2 Kings 23:21-23).
We do not wish to promote kabbalism or numerology, but these patterns are definitely “fascinating.”  The late Harold Camping (d. 2013, 20+1*3=23), used numbers and Scripture in a very dangerous manner.  One can get 23 from just about anything.  The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster began on 3-11-2011 =>
3+11 + (20-11) = 23  The Twin Towers tragedy occurred on 9/11/2001 => 9+11+2+0+0+1 = 23.

Buy truth—don’t sell it for love or money; buy wisdom, buy education, buy insight (Pr. 23:23, Msg).  If we don’t repent of ours sin and place our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, we are doomed to eternal torment and have no hope of heaven.

Friends, let me go over the Message with you one final time - this Message that I proclaimed and that you made your own; this Message on which you took your stand and by which your life has been saved. (I’m assuming, now, that your belief was the real thing and not a passing fancy, that you’re in this for good and holding fast.)  The first thing I did was place before you what was placed so emphatically before me: that the Messiah died for our sins, exactly as Scripture tells it; that he was buried; that he was raised from death on the third day, again exactly as Scripture says; that he presented himself alive to Peter, then to his closest followers, and later to more than five hundred of his followers all at the same time, most of them still around (although a few have since died); that he then spent time with James and the rest of those he commissioned to represent him; and that he finally presented himself alive to me (1 Cor. 15:1-8).

Friday, January 3, 2014

Life is Short

After suffering a series of strokes, on February 25, 2006 Henry Morris, the founder of modern creationism, passed on to his reward at the age of 87.  He participated in over 100 debates, many with Duane Gish, against such evolutionists as Kenneth R. Miller and David B. Kitts (my History of Science Professor).
 Duane T. Gish (Evolution? The Fossils Say NO!) died at the age of 92 on March 5th, 2013.  He had a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of California, Berkeley.  Gish was in more than 300 formal debates and won them all!  Gish even debated Phil Donahue (The Human Animal)!

Delmar Hopkins at the age of 105 still works!  He works at Remington Park in Oklahoma City.  Hopkins was the youngest of nine children and grew up in Honey Grove, Texas.  He built ships and planes during World War II.
Five for Fighting has a thoughtful song “100 Years”:

… 15 there's still time for you
Time to buy and time to lose
15, there's never a wish better than this
When you only got a hundred years to live

I'm 33 for a moment
Still the man, but you see I'm a "they"
A kid on the way, babe.
A family on my mind

Half time goes by
Suddenly you’re wise
Another blink of an eye
67 is gone
The sun is getting high
We're moving on...

I'm 99 for a moment
And time for just another moment
And I'm just dreaming
Counting the ways to where you are …

O Lord, make me know my end
and what is the measure of my days;
let me know how fleeting I am!
Behold, you have made my days a few handbreadths,
and my lifetime is as nothing before you.
Surely all mankind stands as a mere breath! Selah
Surely a man goes about as a shadow!
Surely for nothing they are in turmoil;
man heaps up wealth and does not know who will gather!
Ps. 39:4-6 (ESV)

So teach us to number our days
that we may get a heart of wisdom.
Ps. 90:12 (ESV)

[God] saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began, and which now has been manifested through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.
2 Tim. 1:9-10 (ESV)

Adam lived for 930 years and Shem lived to be 600 years old.  Did they think that "life is short?"  How wise did they get after living for hundreds of years?

Thursday, December 19, 2013

What’s in Your Study Bible?

All good evangelical study Bibles teach that we are saved by grace alone through faith in Jesus Christ alone (Eph. 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5-7).  The Henry Morris Study Bible (formerly The Defender’s Study Bible) and The MacArthur Study Bible are highly regarded, but how can we spot a pro-Creation study Bible?  The next time you go to your Christian bookstore and browse look for the following:

1)  Is Genesis 1:1 the beginning?
2)  Creation in Six Days (CISD)
3)  Global Flood
4)  Gen. 5&11 implies a Young Earth
5)  Are Behemoth and Leviathan dinos or large reptiles?
6)  What does Mk 10:6 imply about a Young Earth?

The Wayfinding Bible (NLT, Tyndale) has a version of AiG’s ark similar to this,

However, the comments are fuzzy as to whether the Global Flood had significant geologic effect.  If your Bible has a map of Eden, that is an error – Noah’s Flood wiped out the pre-Flood geography.  Does your study Bible skip Exodus 20:11, which clearly teaches Creation in Six Days (CISD)?  In Job 40 & 41, Behemoth is surely a dino and Leviathan was most likely a large water-dwelling reptile (such as a mosasaur).

Ken Mathews in the Apologetics Study Bible (p. 15) says, “… this genealogy [Ge 5&11] cannot be used to the reconstruct the age of the earth.”  The chronology of Genesis does help us validate the Young Earth view.  Ted Cabal (p. 877) states that the “… old-earth interpretations arose due to the … discovery of enormous numbers of extinct animals such as dinosaurs.”  This is a non sequitur – fossils point to the Flood.  Terry Mortenson has shown in The Great Turning Point that Old Earth Fallacies (OEF) are founded on the work of Deist and atheist scholars using anti-biblical PreSuppositions.   

The New Geneva Study Bible has a chart of the ages of the patriarchs from Adam to Joseph (p. 17).  This would seem to favor the Young Earth interpretation, but the OT editor is Bruce Waltke who supports BioLogos.  The Framework Hypothesis is given consideration (p. 7).  The commentary on Ge 6:17 says, “A worldwide flood seems to be in view …” (p. 20).  R.C. Sproul now endorses The Reformation Study Bible.

Near the front of the NIV Study Bible there is a Chronological Chart:
The world is roughly about six millennia old – we don’t need a bunch of question marks.  Arguments for both a local and Global Flood are given (p. 15).  Behemoth is a hippo or elephant and Leviathan is a crocodile (p. 769).

Terry Mortenson describes Bible commentaries and systematic theologies that support the Young Earth perspective. [1]

After the sixty-two ‘sevens,’ the Anointed One will be put to death and will have nothing.  The people of the ruler who will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end will come like a flood: War will continue until the end, and desolations have been decreed (Dan. 9:26, NIV).

1) Coming to Grips with Genesis ed. by Terry Mortenson and Thane Ury (Master Books, Green Forest, AR, 2008), pp. 327-329.