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Creationist Funhouse, Episode One: The Red Shift

Many people assume that young-earth creationism is based solely on the Bible. This is not so. To reconcile their literalistic interpretation of the Bible with the facts of science, creationists have to make up many miracles that are not recorded in the Bible. Their idea that God created the red shift to trick observers is one of those miracles.

Editor’s Note: This is the first of an occasional series of articles on the “Creationist Funhouse.”

Loraine Thompson

Look into the night sky. Unless it is obscured by light pollution or clouds, you cannot help but be moved when you see the magnificence of the universe. A humanist would be in awe that we stardust humans are part of this vast wholeness and that we are privileged to understand even a little bit of it. An adherent of a monotheistic religion would say the words attributed to King David, “The heavens are telling the glory of God.”

But, according to young-earth creationists, both the humanist and the religious person would be very, very wrong. The reason is this: observations and measurements of the universe show that it is very old. Creationists believe, however, that God has warped the very young universe so that it just looks old. That is, what you see in a telescope and what an astronomer measures is a deception that God has created to trick us. The heavens and the earth do not declare the glory of God; according to creationists, they declare a lie. And the same is true of every other aspect of the natural world. From the chromosomes to the continents, God has manipulated the creation to look not only old but to look like it evolved. To creationists, there is practically nothing that you can observe in the heavens or the earth that you can believe at face value. It is all God’s intricate and magnificent fraud.

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