CA78 Young Earth Creationism & the Distant Starlight Problem



Young earth creationists believe that the earth, humankind, and the universe are approximately six-thousand years old. Scientifically, this is a fringe view, not taken seriously by anyone outside religious circles. However, the majority of Christians in the United States are young earthers.

Today, we discuss one particular problem for young earth cosmologies: the distant starlight problem. We can see stars that are millions and millions of light years away. If it’s true that the universe is only a few thousand years old, then why can we see stars more than a few thousand light years away?

40% of Americans Believe in Creationism [Gallup]

William Lane Craig on young earth creationism [YouTube]

Ken Ham on young earth creationism [YouTube]

Light-In-Transit and Anisotropic Synchrony Convention – Jason Lisle [AiG]

Jason Lisle – The Speed of Light and the ASC [YouTube]

The One-Way Speed of Light [YouTube]

Conventionality of Simultaneity [Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy]

Starlight and Time – Russell Humphreys [GoogleBooks]

William Lane Craig on the Kalam & Theories of Time [YouTube]

Kalam & the A Theory – Blackwell Companion to Natural Theology (pgs. 183-184) [PDF]

PBS – How we know the universe is ancient [YouTube]

PBS – How we know the earth is ancient [YouTube]

The Age of the Universe – Sixty Symbols [YouTube]

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