A Reading List for Joel Hendon

Joel Hendon of the Birmingham Biblical Examiner is vexed by,

the evolutionists, naturalists, atheists and such like who profess that they believe completely in the scientific causes of life and existence of matter, etc., when they have no science whatsoever to back them up.

He then goes on to say,

They all claim that to mention intelligent design or creationism, has no basis for science because it cannot be reproduced in the lab. Neither can their feeble suppositions for the beginning of any of those things.  They know that but they still say theirs is scientific and ours is not. There is much more scientific evidence for creation than there is for the “big bang”.

Now I’m afraid I have to tell Mr Hendon that the claim that I have emphasised is just plain ignorance, however I’m in a forgiving and helpful mood so I thought I would help him out of his ignorance. Now unless I’m very much mistaken there exists absolutely no scientific evidence for creation whereas the “big bang” is, in the meantime, an extremely well substantiated and supported scientific theory. Now it’s obvious that Mr Hendon just hasn’t been reading the right books so I have a few suggestions to help him out of his valley of the shadows.

I suggest he starts with something light, written for the non-scientist Simon Singh’s Big Bang. After a brief introduction to the history of cosmology this then goes through the history of the Big Bang Theory from its inception through its various reformulations up till its acceptance as a well-founded and substantiated scientific theory. Or he might prefer Timothy Ferris’ Coming of Age in the Milky Way, which covers much the same material from a slightly different perspective. Of course he could read both but if he were to choose only one, then I would recommend the Singh because through the purchase he would be indirectly helping him in his battle against the inanities of the British libel laws.

Having mastered the basics I would suggest that he move on to Robert Oerter’s The Theory of Almost Everything: The Standard Model, the Unsung Triumph of Modern Physics. Now he might at first wonder because this is actually a book about Quantum Theory or more correctly its modern successor The Standard Model of Elementary Particles, which just for the record is the most accurately confirmed scientific theory of all times. Now Mr Hendon might ask what this has to do with the Big Bang, well Mr Hendon it just so happens that these two theories from two seemingly separate areas of science actually confirm each other to a surprisingly high degree so if you reject the one you reject the other. The same thing happens of course when you reject the highly tested and well-confirmed theory of evolution, you also automatically reject the whole of modern physics, cosmology, geology and a large part of the thereon-dependent geography and the whole of modern chemistry because all of these multitudinous theories are actually intertwined and confirm each other. Reject one and you reject them all. Having mastered Robert Oerter who explains the connections between particle physics and the Big Bang I then suggest you move onto Alan Guth’s The Inflationary Universe: The Quest for a new Theory of Cosmic Origins; to quote Robert Oerter, “A very readable explanation of the big bang theory and cosmic inflation, by the inflation’s inventor.”

Should you reach the end of this literary journey through the complexities of modern physics and cosmology you will then be in the position of never again having to make such a stupid comparison of the relative scientific merits of creation and the ‘big bang’.

By the way Mr Hendon could you please explain to me where in the Bible it states that Christians have to be blind ignorant bigots, that passage seems to be missing from my copy!

Hat tip to John Pieret who alerted me to Mr Hendon desperate need for enlightenment

After thought: Of course anybody else who wants to learn more about modern physics and cosmology is welcome to read all or any of the books listed here, they are all excellent!

I should add that John Farrell, who keeps saying ridiculously nice things about this blog, has written a book about Lemaitre the man who first suggested the big bang theory. I haven’t read it yet but it got very good reviews.

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7 responses to “A Reading List for Joel Hendon

  1. TomS

    It is a puzzling statement, to say that there is more evidence for creation than for the Big Bang. For there does not seem to be any conflict between creation, in the general sense, and the Big Bang. Only if “creation” is taken in the narrow sense of the creationists – or, rather some creationists. I haven’t heard much about the Big Bang from advocates of “Intelligent Design”.

    • I’ve seen this before. Some creationists accept the Big Bang and even embrace it as evidence of the sudden creation of the universe and some creationists don’t. Given their understanding of science, a good portion of this can be chalked up to random chance. The biggest problem for them with the BB is its great age. The day-agers and gap creationists don’t have a problem with how long ago the BB happened and some YECs accept it and just say our dating is off (!) . The IDers (such as Lee Strobel) play their big tent game and point to it as evidence of creation while “remaining agnostic” as to when it happened — as if a BB just 6,000 years ago wouldn’t have a few scientific consequences.

  2. For good philosophical reasons Lemaitre himself was quite adamant that the Big Bang theory NOT be taken as some kind of proof of creation.

    “As far as I can see, such a theory remains entirely outside any metaphysical or religious question. It leaves the materialist free to deny any transcendental Being. He may keep, for the bottom of space-time, the same attitude of mind he has been able to adopt for events occurring in non-singular places in space-time. For the believer, it removes any attempt at familiarity with God, as were Laplace’s chiquenaude or Jean’s finger. It is consonant with the wording of Isaias speaking of the “Hidden God”, hidden even in the beginning of creation. . . . Science has not to surrender in face of the Universe and when Pascal tries to infer the existence of God from the supposed infinitude of Nature, we may think that he is looking in the wrong direction.”

  3. I notice that you fellows talk a lot but not one iota of explanation as to how the tiny singularity ever appeared where there was no space, no matter, nothing whatsoever, no air, no chemical elements. Yet that little stinker got so tightened up that it created this massive universe that the mind cannot comprehend. Yet, you think that is scientific. My children knew better at age five. It doesn’t matter how many brilliant papers you read, you cannot find such an answer. A large number of notable evolutionists will agree with me that there is no explanation for that. One has to desire it to be true very deeply to even consider believing it. So I am sorry if it offends any of you, but your criticism of me and my proposal was just as bad.. If any of you followed my writings in Searchwarp, The Examiner, etc., you would at least know where I am coming from.

    • Don’t you feel the irony, as someone whose only answer is ‘God did it’, of accusing someone else of lacking fundamental explanations?
      I await you answer in another five years.

    • My children knew better at age five.

      Yes, clearly a scientific theory can be correct only if 5 year-olds agree with it. Especially if the children’s father doesn’t believe it.

      “Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.”
      (Attributed to Einstein.)

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