Crisis In Evolutionary Cosmology -- By: William M. Curtis III
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Crisis In Evolutionary Cosmology
A scientist’s response to recent reports on the universe.
Why the evolutionary theory of an ancient expanding universe is wrong.
Dr. Curtis has been active in the creationist movement for the past 19 years. He holds degrees in mechanical engineering (B.S., University of Utah), aeronautical engineering with a minor in nuclear physics (M.S., Southern Methodist University), and theology (Th.M., Capital Bible Seminary; Th.D., Trinity Seminary). Dr. Curtis worked for 20 years in the aerospace industry and spent another 20 years as a college professor and pastor. He is founder of the Institute for Scientific and Biblical Research, Lancaster PA, where he presently serves as President and Executive Director.
“Crisis in the Cosmos,” and “When Did the Universe Begin?” read the headlines of the cover articles of two widely-read national magazines (Discover: The World of Science, March, 1995, and Time, March 6, 1995). These articles featured the dual crises contradicting evolutionary theories on the age and direction of the expanding universe. Recent data obtained from the Hubble Space Telescope contradicts the previously-held age of the universe. Astronomers Lauer and Postman concluded after five years of research that, “a large chunk of the universe is headed in the wrong direction” (Flamsteed 1995). Tod Lauer, who is stationed at the National Optical Astronomy Observatories in Tucson AZ, states, “We know this was a shocking result. That’s why we spent over a year trying to debunk it ourselves before we went public. If anyone can present a good argument why it’s wrong, we’ll listen” (Lemonick and Nash 1995).
Well, listen up! Not only are there good scientific arguments why it’s wrong, but there is a tenable solution to the crisis. All of these problems stem from the concept promoted by astronomer Edwin Hubble in 1929. He concluded that the redshifted light spectrum from stellar objects is directly related to recessional speed and distance. Let us first review the so-called “Hubble Law” based on this relationship, and then consider a way out of the quandry.
The Hubble “Law”
During the first decade of the 20th
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century, at the Lowell Observatory near Flagstaff AZ, Vesto Slipher measured galaxies’ velocities toward or away from our galaxy, the Milky Way (Goldsmith 1991: 83). It was assumed that the Doppler effect, well understood for sound waves, worked just as well for light waves. Astronomers believe that the frequency of all light waves from any galaxy will increase or decrease by an amount that ...
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