Apparent age

Bill Hamilton (
Tue, 2 Apr 1996 12:22:34 -0500

I was playing devil's advocate the other day when I suggested that God
might have made nature look old for esthetic reasons. That is the only
explanation of apparent age that seems at all viable to me.

However, if such an explanation were true, then we would have to doubt our
ability to draw conclusions from our observations. The behavior of star
clusters is quite understandable with some straightforward nuclear physics
-- if the universe is old enough to have allowed the observed illumination
distributions to develop[see Howard Van Till's book, "The fourth Day: what
the Bible and the heavens are telling us about the creation"]. Otherwise,
it's just an elaborate show that gives a misleading message about the age
of the universe. Geological features that have been dated by several
independent dating methods that give consistent results would also be just
a charade. Job 12:7-10 advises:

But now ask the beasts, and let them teach you;
And the birds of heaven, and let them tell you.
Or speak to the earth and let it teach you;
And let the fish of the sea declare to you.
Who among all these does not know
That the hand of the Lord has done this,
In whose hand is the breath of every living thing,
And the breath of all mankind?

In other words, study nature to learn something of what may be known of
God. That hardly makes sense if nature is full of misleading objects and

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