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.