9. Why Do People Not Believe that Evolution Happened? ==>
   9.3. Specious Arguments Against Evolution ==>
     9.3.2. Nature of specious arguments ==>
       9.3.2.3. Arguments of Last Resort ==>
         9.3.2.3.1. God Gave The Appearance Of Age ==>

9.3.2.3.1.1. The Problem with Starlight

Quite a picture, isn't it? Adam looking into the night sky on the first day of his existence, contemplating the beauty of thousands of stars, despite the fact that the nearest star other than the sun is more than four light-years away. The Creator, clearly, didn't want him to have to wait four years to enjoy that first nighttime star, so he made all of the intervening photons at once.

This may sound reasonable, but consider the implications. In the 10,000 years since creation, the actual starlight that has had enough time to reach us comes from only a tiny proportion of our neighbors. This means that every event witnessed at a distance by the Hubble space telescope and other astronomical instruments, including the explosive disintegrations of stars and the gravitational effects of black holes, is fictitious.<hl> None of these things really happened - they were all constructed, artificially, in the trillions of photons assembled by the Creator to give His cosmos an appearance of age.

There is no way around this problem.

One can reconcile a recent creation with the size of the known universe in only two ways:

1. By fooling with the fundamental constants of nature; or

2. By requiring that every astronomical object and event more distant than 10,000 light-years is fictitious

Some creationists have opted for the first alternative, taking on the most fundamental constant in the universe, the speed of light. They (Jason Lisle in particular) claim that light is much faster in the far distance, and that accounts for the light from distant galaxies that is now reaching us from billions of light-years away.

The lack of evidence does not seem to bother them, but it certainly will trouble physicists.

Nobel prizes are in order here if true.