A pet peeve of mine is when people try to take scientific principles and try to somehow force it to match Biblical teachings. Not only is this unnecessary, but it generally only makes that person look like an idiot or crackpot. Today’s crackpot is Gerald Schroeder, and today’s Biblical teaching is Genesis 1.
Countless times people have debated how to reconcile the apparent contradictions between the creation story in Genesis with how scientists now believe the universe came into being. Schroeder is certainly not the first, and won’t be the last. Most of the time, Bible literalists claim some variation of, “a day back then is not the same length as today”. Usually someone quotes 2nd Peter 3:8-9, which reads: “With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.”
Schroeder takes a slightly different approach, invoking Einsteins Theory of General Relativity and time dilation to “prove” that the 6 days of creation in Genesis 1 is literally identical to the approximately 15 billion years since the Big Bang. One reason why Schroeder has been taken serious by many people is that he does have a very nice resume. He has several degrees from M.I.T., and has worked in the Nuclear Physics field. Unfortunately, this does not make him immune to saying silly things. (Another example of “smart” people saying silly things is NASA Astronaut Edgar Mitchell, 6th man to walk on the moon, and believes we’ve been visited by UFO’s and can heal people from a distance using psychic abilities.) Read the rest of this entry ?