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Q-If God created the world 6,000 years ago or so, why are stars millions of light years away?

A-Brendon, what a question! Yes, we know from the dates God gives us in the Bible that He did create the whole universe about 6,000 years ago. When we hear the term light-year, we need to realize it is not a measure of time but a measure of distance, telling us how far away something is. Distant stars and galaxies might be millions of light-years away, but that doesn’t mean that it took millions of years for the light to get here, it just means it is really far away!

Ken Ham, AIG, AIG 174 Comments [10/20/2010 10:46:20 AM]
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caustic gnostic

Riiiight.

BTW, did you know that GRB 080319B happened 7.5 billion years ago, 7.5 billion light years away, just in time to greet the departing consciousness of Arthur C. Clarke?

Pretty good, considering the Earth wasn't even a cloud of dust at the time.

10/20/2010 10:47:37 AM

Terry Stroud

For future reference, when we talk about you guys ignoring evidence when its placed under your nose...this is the kind of shit we are talking about.

10/20/2010 10:52:02 AM

Cy

The fail, it BURNS.

10/20/2010 10:56:54 AM

Professor M

Distant stars and galaxies might be millions of light-years away, but that doesn’t mean that it took millions of years for the light to get here,

Yes, it does. A light year is a measure of distance, sure: it's the distance that light travels in a year. So if a star is X light years from Earth, it takes exactly X years for the light to get here. This shouldn't be difficult to understand.

10/20/2010 10:57:03 AM



Distant stars and galaxies might be millions of light-years away, but that doesn’t mean that it took millions of years for the light to get here, it just means it is really far away!

Actually, this is exactly what is meant by light-year you idiot. If something is a million light years away, it takes 1 million years for light to cross the distance.

I constantly question how much stupidity like this is made up of choice vs. honest to goodness lack of brains.

10/20/2010 10:58:33 AM

Dr. Razark

While I am glad you understand what a light year is, I see that you fail to understand what a light year is.

10/20/2010 11:06:58 AM

Swede

God doesn't give any dates in the Bible, just a long (boring) list of "begat's". Plus, the Bible is only evidence of the existence of the Bible, not the existence of any, or your particular, god.

You seriously need to read up on light-years, numskull. Yes, it is a measure of distance, but no; it DID take millions of years for the light to get here.
(Btw, I've studied languages and transports, not math or astrophysics. I still manage to understand as much. What did you study? Finger painting?)

10/20/2010 11:09:42 AM

I read about the afterlife

The term "Light Years" means it took a certain amount of time, in years, for the light to reach us. If a star is millions of light years away, it means that it took millions of years for the light to reach us.

Idiot.

10/20/2010 11:24:59 AM

negruvoda

Either you are implying that the speed of light is greater than the speed of light, or you are implying that we can observe stars whose light has not reached earth yet.

Either way, somebody needs to find the warglbargl dog........please.

10/20/2010 11:31:13 AM

katie5000

*sigh* A light-year is called a "light-year" because it involves the distance that a beam of light can travel in one year's time. So, if something is a million light-years away, then that means that something traveling at the speed of light (like, oh, I dunno, LIGHT) will take a million years to reach that object (and vice versa).

You deceitful bastard. At any rate, I could think of better ways to rationalize the "young Earth" belief that don't require as much cross-eyed idiocy.

10/20/2010 11:33:56 AM

SlainteMhaith

Ummmmm.......That's EXACTLY what it means.

I dont really think I can possibly /facepalm this enough.

10/20/2010 11:34:37 AM



""Distant stars and galaxies might be millions of light-years away, but that doesn’t mean that it took millions of years for the light to get here""

Durr...

10/20/2010 11:35:02 AM

Amenhotepstein

OH MY GOD!!!



I've burst my brain!

10/20/2010 11:40:16 AM

anevilmeme

Just when you think they can't get any fucking dumber.....

A light year is the distance that light travels in..... wait for it... one year.

So if a quasar is 12 billion light years away it took the light 12 billion years to get here.

10/20/2010 11:41:24 AM

Nithing

It doesn't mean it took millions of years for the light to get here, it just means God set up a completely deceptive-looking universe!

A bit like how he buried all those fake dinosaur fossils!

10/20/2010 11:43:59 AM

dionysus

Distant stars and galaxies might be millions of light-years away, but that doesn’t mean that it took millions of years for the light to get here, it just means it is really far away!

You fail astrophysics physics basic science forever. That's right, after careful consideration I've realized that you just plain fail forever. But hey, that's why you're a young Earth creationist.

10/20/2010 11:46:17 AM



If there's a god, I'm pretty sure he invented the dictionary. Try it.

10/20/2010 11:47:33 AM

Evilution Teacher (astronomy too)

HEAD DESK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

10/20/2010 11:49:03 AM



And to think a friend of mine recommended that I read up on stuff at AIG...

10/20/2010 12:00:33 PM

Brain_In_A_Jar

Distant stars and galaxies might be millions of light-years away, but that doesn’t mean that it took millions of years for the light to get here

A part of me now wishes to destroy all that exists, just so as to be assured that such idiocy as this can never be again.

10/20/2010 12:04:02 PM

John_in_Oz

This is written in the section entitled "Kid's Answers by Ken Ham"

The irony, it burns!

10/20/2010 12:11:47 PM

SCarpelan

Reading the context of the quote it seems that he actually does understand the concept of a light-year. He just gives the normal "goddidit" explanation to how the stars can be seen that far in a 6000 years old universe.

10/20/2010 12:15:08 PM

Gore

Way to fail Ken, way to fail. I am otherwise just speechless.

10/20/2010 12:20:52 PM

breakerslion

This is so far beyond fail that it would take the light from fail 175 million years to get there.

10/20/2010 12:23:19 PM

Thrutch

I would say the stupid burns

but I suspect Ken Ham isn't that stupid and is just gathering the cash from those who are

10/20/2010 12:25:09 PM
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