Travelling back through time with Dr Richard Smith’s imaginary time machine on the ABC program Australia: The Time Traveller’s Guide , we reach the nebular hypothesis at about 7 min. This was first proposed by the French mathematician, astronomer and atheist Pierre-Simon Laplace to explain how our solar system came into existence by natural processes. The idea is that the sun and the planets condensed from a swirling cloud of dust and gas, said to have occurred some 4.5 billion years ago.
The video is dramatic and persuasive with glowing rocks and dust tumbling and colliding in space. The theatrical commentary speaks of “Every fragment locked in gravitational mortal combat with every other lump of rock, metal, ice and dust in orbit.” Although this is portrayed as a factual documentary it is clearly an imaginative, speculative just-so story.
One problem that is not mentioned on the video is that the nebular hypothesis does not work. Jonathan Sarfati summarises some of insuperable problems with the hypothesis and concludes:
Although the nebular hypothesis is accepted uncritically by many evolutionists, there are severe problems with forming both the sun and the planets from a collapsing cloud.
Secular scientists admit that the naturalistic formation of planets is exceedingly difficult .
At 7 min 30 sec in the video we see glowing red chunks of rock orbiting in space and crashing together. But it’s cold in space. The chunks from which the planets formed would have been cold and black. Only after the earth’s formation when the iron core differentiated did the planet turn into a molten blob—according to the story….
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