Some Christians say that we must accept the Big Bang model for two reasons:
1. It’s required by the scientific evidence.
2. Since the Big Bang model includes a beginning for the Universe, we need it to show that there must have been a Creator.
After traveling more than 3 billion miles, the New Horizons spacecraft reached Pluto earlier this month. Now Pluto is all over the news, and for good reason.
All the other planets in our Solar System had already been visited by spacecraft. Pluto was the last planet that we hadn’t yet explored.
Oh, wait. A few years ago, Pluto got demoted. It isn’t a planet anymore.
Let me re-phrase that statement then.
Pluto was the last former planet that we hadn’t yet explored.1
Where do asteroids come from?
Most secular astronomers believe that they’re leftovers from the formation of the Solar System.
Supposedly, there was a big cloud of gas. From the gas, dust formed. From the dust, rocks formed.
The rocks stuck together to become asteroids. The asteroids stuck together to become bigger asteroids (known as “planetesimals”). The planetesimals then stuck together to become planets.
As I discussed in my first astronomy DVD, there are lots of problems with this idea. Nevertheless, most secular astronomers believe it anyway.
(Why? Because all the alternative secular ideas have even worse problems.)
And so they believe that the asteroids we see in the Solar System today are left over from this primordial building process. The asteroids are supposedly planetesimals that never gathered together to make more planets.
They’re just boring chunks of rock—the leftovers of a process that was finished eons ago.
We don’t often see an announcement that’s immediately hailed as a shoo-in for a Nobel Prize in physics.
If you follow science news, no doubt you heard the announcement on March 17th claiming that scientists have found the “smoking gun” for the Big Bang—proof that the Big Bang happened exactly how secular cosmologists have said.
Did you know that the Earth doesn’t have any water on it?
Yup. It’s bone-dry.
Or at least it should be, according to the nebular hypothesis (the standard secular model for the origin of our Solar System).
The nebular hypothesis says the Solar System formed out of a big cloud of gas. As the cloud shrank under the force of gravity, various chemicals condensed out of the cloud and became liquid and/or solid, eventually aggregating into the planets and other objects we see today.
This model makes predictions about how the condensation could have occurred. And it turns out that the Earth is too close to the Sun for water to have condensed out of the cloud here.
Therefore, even though 70 percent of our planet’s surface is covered with water… even though the oceans, on average, are over two miles deep… even though you are made up of mostly water…
…the secular model for our Solar System says the Earth shouldn’t have any.
Obviously, this is rather embarrassing for secular astronomers. How do they explain this?
As creationists have revealed the bankruptcy of the secular origin models, a growing number of atheists are trying to fight back.
Some are attacking me specifically, especially for applying the word “evolution” to astronomy. I frequently get messages like this one (actual quote):
“Umm, dude… EVOLUTION has NOTHING to do with COSMOLOGY! Quit lying for Jeebus!”
For obvious reasons, I don’t bother replying to people like that.
Am I a liar for applying the word “evolution” to astronomy?
Phil Plait, the “Bad Astronomer” who blogs for Discover magazine, says so in a recent post about my Solar System video.