A question from the webpage…
Have you considered the case made by Orthodox Jewish physicist Gerald Schroeder that the creation account in Genesis can be reconciled with billions of years of natural history due to a big bang observer perspective and time dilation?
Here’s a brief summary from his Wikipedia page:
“Namely, that from the perspective of the point of origin of the Big Bang, according to Einstein’s equations of the ‘stretching factor’, time dilates by a factor of roughly 1,000,000,000,000, meaning one trillion days on earth would appear to pass as one day from that point, due to the stretching of space. When applied to the estimated age of the universe at 13.8 billion years, from the perspective of the point of origin, the universe today would appear to have just begun its sixth day of existence, or if the universe is 15 billion years old from the perspective of earth, it would appear to have just completed its sixth day”.
If I recall correctly, too, Schroeder affirms most of mainstream evolutionary theory. He does address the question of Adam and the primeval history in the early Genesis chapters, but as far as his view of the initial creation account (leveraging ancient / older Talmudic and Midrashic sources), I think it might actually provide a startling way to reconcile earth’s apparent long natural history with a six day creation from the perspective of the big bang.
In terms of how it comports with modern cosmology, evolutionary history, some things seem to not line up completely. For instance, Schroeder suggests that the winged animals appearing on day five refers to the appearance of winged insects. There are other concerns as well.
However, because his mapping of around six days to billions of years seems pretty startling on first glance, I think his view is worth considering.
This is what one of the @physicists in our network once emailed me about his idea:
The physics is just wrong. We know exactly how to account for the stretching of the universe because it stretches all wavelengths of light, and we know exactly how those match up with the atomic spectra we see in stars all over the universe. The spectra are as detailed as a fingerprint, revealing the atomic makeup of the star, and important things like how the laws of physics (including the speed of light and the rate of passage of time) have not changed throughout the history of the universe. Regardless, his argument about space stretching has zero relevance to the age of the earth, which is 4.58 billion years old.
So, this doesn’t seem to work.