Ted Davis wrote:
> The idea of linking relativity (GTR in this case) with a "literal"
> interpretation of early Genesis and thus "explaining" the old age of the
> universe (which is taken as genuine in this particular interpretation) has
> been promoted by the Israeli physicist Gerald Schroeder, a former researcher
> at MIT who has published books and web materials giving very interesting
> versions of OEC. This may be what Wayne Dawson has in mind.
The most basic thing that relativity says about "the age of the
universe" or "the age of the earth" is that these concepts have no absolute
significance. The universe & the earth are 6000 years old in a reference frame
moving at sufficiently high speed through the background radiation. This (or
some other combination of velocity & gravitational effects) allow anyone who
wishes to hold a type of YEC position, but it doesn't really address the real
problems - i.e., are the narratives of Genesis 1 and/or Genesis 2 accurate
descriptions of a sequence of real events in the history of the universe?
George L. Murphy
"The Science-Theology Dialogue"
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