This should hardly be newsworthy, but The Laredo Sun thought it was. Turns out Daniel Friedmann, CEO of a Canadian aerospace company and proud owner of a master’s degree in engineering physics, believes that the non-overlapping magisteria argument is wrong, that science and religion are in fact overlapping, but he also believes that they’re compatible because they point to the same answer: that Goddidit. Oh, and he apparently wrote a book called The Genesis One Code. (Starring Brobert Blangdon maybe?)
But they both agree on the timeline for the development of the universe and life on Earth, Friedmann says. He has developed a formula that converts “Bible time” to years as we know them.
When applied to calculating the age of the universe and life on Earth, the Bible consistently matches scientific estimates derived from the study of fossil timelines, the solar system and the cosmos.
His formula — 1,000 X 365 X 7,000 –was derived from references in religious texts and science. The first number is found in Psalms, which says a year for God is 1,000 years for mortals.
The second refers to the amount of days in one solar year. The third comes from scriptural study that indicates one creation day in Genesis equals 7,000 God years.
When those numbers are multiplied in human years, each creation day is an epoch of 2.56 billion years, he says. Using the formula, the biblical age of the universe is 13.74 billion years.
Scientific estimates put the universe’s age at 13.75 billion, plus or minus 0.13 billion, he says.
Just a second, let me catch my breath from laughing uproariously for an hour. Which is like a god-femtosecond.
So a year, to God, is a thousand to mortals. Therefore, 1:1000 in year calculations, right?
Oh, so thanks to a “scriptural study”, a day in Creation is seven thousand God-years, you say? So it’s 1:7000000 right? That’s one creation day = seven million years.
But wait, so, apparently you also have to multiply it by 365, because there are that many days in a year, because it’s a creation day compared to a human year. Except that’s not what we’re calculating here — we’re calculating a “creation day”, which is seven thousand god years, which is seven million years. You don’t have to include the number of days at all. So it’s completely made up, even assuming that the numbers 1000 and 7000 actually came from scripture and weren’t themselves pulled out of his ass.
But wait. It gets even BETTER.
These are a few of the reasons Hawking is wrong [about there being no need for God], Friedmann says:
• The Bible and science agree on what happened and when it happened with respect to the formation of the universe and the appearance of life on Earth.
• The term “creation days” can be shown from biblical sources to be 2.5 billion years. Using this conversion factor, it is clear that the Bible is correct about timelines we have confirmed through science, including the age of the universe.
• If the Bible and science agree on what happened and when it happened, do we really have a conflict? It is time to reexamine and bury the conflict between science and religion.
There’s an interesting and testable hypothesis. Let’s look at the order of creation according to ChristianAnswers.net:
So Earth was created on Day One, and it was a watery blob, but there was also the void of space and light to fill it. Apparently this happened ~13.5BYA, to this guy’s timeline.
Then the water was split up into three different areas: atmosphere (sky), oceans, and subterranean water. (e.g. he also created land to divide them?). This happened ~11.0BYA.
Then God created the land. So he held the subterranean water apart for anywhere up to 2.5 billion years. And the oceans, I guess because he didn’t have anyplace to put them without land. And a global irrigation system using the subterranean water. And he created vegetation, explicitly seed-bearing plants, and trees that bear fruit. ~8.5BYA.
Then God decided to create the sun, the moon, the stars and other planets. With all their orbits. Hell of an ambitious plan considering how little work he’s been doing comparitively up til now. ~6BYA.
Day five, God creates water animals of all “kinds”, as well as birds. All are vegetarian. ~3.5BYA.
Day six, land animals, man and woman. ~1BYA.
Then God rested from 1BYA through 1.5 billion years in the future. Or something. Meaning either the calculations he made that came up with 13.5 billion years were desperately wrong (in the sense that he fudged in an extra billion years for shits and giggles), or they are desperately wrong in that he’s pulled everything out of his ass. Everything. Including how well this comports with the scientific timeline, in which the stars come first, the sun is formed shortly before the Earth, which forms ~4.4BYA, life appears ~3.8BYA, land plants ~0.7BYA, and humans anywhere between 200,000 and 80,000 years ago depending on how you decide what a “human” is. (Or much earlier if you go for a looser criterion for human rather than homo sapiens.)
And the Laredo Sun published this nonsense. Congratulations… you’re part of why so many people believe in creationism. Because you popularize people who work backward from the answer they want, and still fail miserably at it. Bra-fucking-vo.