Comment on Wonders of the Universe: Destiny

This is a BBC TV program on evolution, the universe and us, broadcast in the UK in March 2011; and in Australia and the USA in July. It is narrated by particle physicist, Professor Brian Cox, who is a ‘Distinguished Supporter’ of the atheistic British Humanist Association. This is par for the course for the BBC, long known for its anti-Christian bias.

Prof. Cox begins by asking: “Why are we here?” and “Where do we come from?” These are good questions, but instead of answering them, he says, “ … we are part of the universe, so its story is our story”, and he then talks about time and change according to the atheistic long-age worldview. We shall discuss what he says (influenced by his atheistic faith), then consider our human story according to the Christian or biblical worldview. (See also Evolution & creation, science & religion, facts & bias about the way one’s worldview influences the assumptions one brings to the data.)

The ‘arrow of time’

Cox shows us how at Chankillo in Peru one can tell the date from where the sun rises on the horizon, and he then reminds us, “A day on Earth is the 24 hours it takes our planet to rotate once exactly, our month is based on the 29½ days it takes for the moon to wax and wane in the night sky, and the year is the 365¼ days it takes us to orbit once around the Sun.” However, this temporal accuracy and repetitiveness is hardly relevant to or supportive of the idea, as he implies, that ‘light from the stars marks millions and billions of years” or that “time scales in the universe are unimaginatively vast”. It also doesn’t explain where the week comes from; this is not an astronomic cycle, but patterned on Creation Week revealed in Genesis 1(cf. Exodus 20:8–11).

He also shows a video of turtles, which he curiously calls ‘prehistoric creatures’—although there is no such thing as ‘prehistory’ since there is no time before Creation Week, recorded historically in Genesis 1. This shows them laying their eggs on a beach in Costa Rica on one particular night of the year and Cox claims that they’ve been doing this for one hundred million years. But the idea that any species has existed for millions of years unchanged has problems of its own—see Evolutionary Stasis: Double—Speak and Propaganda.

And the fact that “our Solar System would take 250 million years to make just one circuit of the Milky Way” surely does not demonstrate anything other than that the Milky Way is quite large. It doesn’t follow from this that it has actually completed a revolution. In fact, in the alleged billions of years, spiral galaxies like ours would have ‘wound themselves up’. And on the other hand, distant galaxies that were supposed to have formed not long after the big bang should not have had time to form a spiral structure naturalistically. See ‘Early’ galaxies don’t fit!….

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