Gravitational Waves and General Relativity: Top Science News in 2017
Einstein’s general theory of relativity was published in 1915. It again made headlines in 2017 with two major reports about gravitational waves that further confirmed the theory’s last remaining major prediction. On October 3, the detection of gravitational waves from coalescing black holes was awarded a Nobel Prize. On October 16, the observation of correlated gravitational and electromagnetic (light)…
Would You Move to an Exoplanet?
If given the choice where in our Milky Way galaxy you would prefer to live, where would you go? To one of those newly-discovered extra-solar planets the media get enthusiastic about when water has been detected there?Before you answer these questions remember that, beyond the presence of water, many other conditions must be fulfilled before any planet can support the continued existence of life as-we-know-it,…
The Precambrian: Part 2 of 3
This second part of a series on the Precambrian describes Precambrian rock exposures, as well as the atmosphere, climate, and Precambrian life. Many illustrative pictures are included, and design examples and creationist ideas are interspersed throughout.
The Precambrian: Part 1 of 3
This first section of a 3 parts series on the Precambrian summarizes the standard model for formation of the Universe, Solar System and Earth, Moon, oceans, continents, and plate tectonics. Brief references to the Universe, Sun, and Moon are included because what happens beyond Earth sets the stage for what happens on Earth during the Precambrian and in the Genesis 1 account.
Design in the Physical Universe
Several years ago my wife and I were hiking in Utah at Arches National Park. The area was desert, so it wasn’t easy to pick out the trail, but we saw these little piles of rocks. If there had only been a couple piles and the piles contained only a couple rocks, we wouldn't have particularly noticed or at least would have thought it was just a natural coincidence. However, the piles contained several…
Goldstein, C. (2016). , Adventist Review
The faith factor: New Testament cosmology in its historical context.
Burton, K.A. (2004). , Journal of the Adventist Theological Society, 15(1), 34-46.
The Bible and astronomy
de Groot, M. , Christ in the Classroom, 31B, 159-182.
Genesis and the cosmos: A unified picture?
de Groot, M. (2005). , Dialogue, 17(1), 15-17.
The Big Bang model: An appraisal.
de Groot, M. (1998). , Dialogue, 10(1), 9-12.
The anthropic cosmological principle: Apologists and homilists Beware!
Karlow, E.A. (2007). , Ministry, 80(4), 14-16.
The Bible and physics
Mundy, B. , Christ in the Classroom, 31B, 257-284.
The creation account in Genesis 1: Our world only or the universe?
Regalado, F.O. (2002). , Journal of the Adventist Theological Society, 13(2), 108-120.
The Theory of the Universe
Albert Einstein said his biggest mistake was in not predicting the expanding universe. He developed an equation in 1915 that described gravitational effects in terms of general relativity. Since everything in the Universe gravitationally attracts everything else, one would theoretically expect the Universe to collapse; however, we all observe that the Universe has not collapsed, so Einstein put an…
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