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... or should I have called this post "The Creation of Evidence"?
Dan Padan of No Blog of Significance has so kindly responded to my criticisms.
Why do I say that Bruce is indulging in ad hominem/poisoning the well? Look at his statement about young earthers "failing to grasp this distinction." Consider his statements that the young earth viewpoint has less to do with science than about defending a religious point of view arising from my insecurity. Does this have anything to do with the evidence? No--Bruce has not interacted with that. But there is a perfectly good reason for that, genties and ladlemen:
So why would I say such a thing, that yec's are more concerned with pushing a religious viewpoint than supporting real science? Maybe because the very website where Dan Padan gets his "evidence", says so.
I want to make it VERY clear that we don't want to be known primarily as 'young-Earth creationists.' AiG's main thrust is NOT 'young Earth' as such; our emphasis is on Biblical authority. Believing in a relatively 'young Earth' (i.e., only a few thousands of years old, which we accept) is a consequence of accepting the authority of the Word of God as an infallible revelation from our omniscient Creator.
In others words, they believe in a young earth because they have to in order to make their religious beliefs feel valid. They start with a conclusion and construct theories to support them. Witness this example from the AIG website...
Dr Humphreys’ new creationist cosmology literally ‘falls out’ of the equations of GR, so long as one assumes that the universe has a boundary. In other words, that it has a center and an edge—that if you were to travel off into space, you would eventually come to a place beyond which there was no more matter. In this cosmology, the earth is near the center, as it appears to be as we look out into space.
Such is how you solve the easy problem of having light reaching Earth from millions of years ago. This is how you get the "evidence" that supports a young earth view. Light isn't really reaching us from a great distance travelling at a known speed. Its all just an illusion.
Its no wonder there is so much evidence for a young earth? When you can literally dream stuff up, you can produce it faster.
Why is there a moon circling the earth?
The answer’s in Genesis! A major purpose is to light up the night. The moon reflects the sun’s light on to us even when the sun is on the other side of the earth. The amount of reflected light depends on the moon’s surface area, so we are fortunate to have a moon that is so large. It is over a quarter of Earth’s diameter — far larger in comparison with its planet than any other in the solar system.1 Also, if it were much smaller, it would not have enough gravity to maintain its spherical shape.2
Ah, evidence, sweet evidence, it just piles up in corners!
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