The Mystery of Dark Matter

What is dark matter?

Many astronomers will tell you that it’s a mysterious substance, as yet unknown to physics. It has many strange properties, including invisibility. And the Universe contains a lot of it: there’s four to five times as much dark matter as there is ordinary matter (the stuff that makes up stars, planets, and so on). In other words, for every galaxy you see, there’s four or five galaxy’s worth of stuff that you don’t see.

But other scientists disagree with this. Read more

(Yet More) Evidence Against the Lunar Impact Theory

Why does Earth have a Moon?

Among secular astronomers, the currently-trendy view for the Moon’s origin is a giant impact.

Supposedly, early in Earth’s history, a Mars-sized object crashed into our planet. The collision produced a lot of debris, from which our Moon formed.

This model has numerous problems. There’s more than one which disproves the model entirely.

And now, there’s one more discovery to add to the list. Read more

Inflation: A Failed Solution

Secular cosmologists claim that our Universe formed in a Big Bang, about 13.8 billion years ago.

Then, right after that Bang, our cosmos had a brief period of explosive expansion known as inflation. During this time, our Universe exploded outwards in size, many times faster than the speed of light.

Many non-cosmologists scratch their heads over this. How could the Universe have expanded faster than the speed of light? What was powering this alleged expansion? How did it overcome gravity?

These are excellent questions. But if you ask them, Read more

An Unusual Creation Trip

I returned recently from a two-week speaking trip to the Philippines. It was notable for several reasons:

  1. During my several days on the island of Mindanao, I had a heavily-armed escort. The young men shown above accompanied me everywhere. (They were assigned to me for protection against the jihadists operating nearby.)
  2. It was an intense trip, with an average of over three hours of speaking time per day. (The longest day was 8.5 hours long, with seven hours of actual speaking.)
  3. I had the privilege of speaking (on astronomy and biology) to several hundred students at a secular university.

This was well-received. In fact, the school’s Dean of Engineering is now working to add creation science to the university’s general education requirements. Read more

Distant Starlight and Biblical Creation

“If the Universe was created thousands of years ago, why do we see distant stars and galaxies?”

This is one of the most common questions about the creationary viewpoint. Some people see this as the strongest challenge to believing in a young Earth.

The basic issue is this: When we look out into space, most of the objects that we see are at vast distances from us. In fact, many are so far away that it seems their light would need millions or even billions of years to get here.

But we see the light from these objects today. Doesn’t this prove that the cosmos is billions of years old?

No, it doesn’t. Here’s why. Read more

2016 Speaking Tour Highlights

Last spring, I announced that I was seeking speaking opportunities. I received (far) more than I could fulfill, but accepted the ones that I could.

No empty seats at my atheism talk at the 2016 Christian Heritage Homeschool Conference.

Ultimately I drove over 10,300 miles, speaking 64 times in 16 different states. My busiest months were May (with 21 events) and July (18 events). 

I’m thankful for all of those who invited me to speak. For those invitations that I was not able to accept this year, perhaps I will be able to do so in the future!

One of the highlights of my travels was a visit with Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty. Read more

Gravity Waves Discovered

I’ve received a lot of emails asking about the recent discovery of gravity waves.

So, here’s a brief summary of the discovery:

1. What are gravity waves? Gravitational waves are a prediction of Einstein’s General Relativity. They are ripples traveling through the fabric of spacetime itself.

Although they were predicted 100 years ago, this is the first time they have been directly detected. (These waves are very weak, so detecting them is a difficult technological challenge.)

2. What was the source of these gravity waves? To produce the waves that were detected, the best model is the collision of two large black holes. Read more

The Dangers of Compromising with the Big Bang Model

Many Christians are eager to ‘prove’ the truth of the Bible by using scientific evidence.

The Big Bang model is a very popular example of this. Many Christian authors have written books endorsing the Big Bang. And there’s at least one ministry that promotes the Big Bang as a “reason to believe” the Bible.

But this is a very dangerous approach. To justify the truth of the Bible with the Big Bang model is a fatally flawed approach. Read more