Member # 181
posted 03. May 2006 16:54
I fear this topic will be more of a question than a substantive contribution, but I'm hoping it will elicit a substantive contribution. Gerald Schroeder, an Israeli physicist and orthodox Jew, has written a couple of books, Genesis and the Big Bang, , and The Science of God, in which he argues for the compatibility of a literal interpretation of the 6 days of creation in Genesis and an old universe and earth. The basis for his argument is Einstein's theory of relativity, which he claims allows for time to proceed at different rates in different parts of the universe. Thus, he argues that from the point of the Big Bang (or God's point of view?) creation took six days, while from earth's point of view, it took about 15 billion years.
Since I'm no physicist, I thought I would ask if any physicists or astonomers are familiar with Schroeder's argument, and whether they think it might have some validity. If so, it might allow YECs to maintain their literal interpretation of Genesis, while accepting an old universe and earth.
I realize for Christian YECs there is still the problem of natural evil, but perhaps there might be ways of overcoming that, as well (Dembski's theodicy, for example, or perhaps C.S.Lewis's hint of demonic activity).