Item description for Dismantling the Big Bang: God's Universe Rediscovered by Alex Williams & John Hartnett...
Overview Why did Ptolemy's theory cause problems for the church? What is the big secret concerning the "Age" of the earth? Why do many scientists reject the use of design in explaining origins? The seemingly absurd idea that all matter, energy, space, and time once exploded from a point of extreme density has captured the imagination of scientists and laypersons for decades. The big bang has provided a central teaching for the eons of time of "cosmic evolution," undermining the history and cosmology of the Bible. It is a theory that fails, even violating the very physical laws on which it is purportedly based. In this easy-to-read format, authors Alex Williams and John Hartnett explode this naturalistic explanation for the universe, and show that the biblical model provides a far better explanation of our origins. This fully indexed, illustrated analysis of the big bang theory is an invaluable help in understanding and countering a world view that is as chaotic and destructive as its name implies.
Publishers Description The errors of the big bang exposed scientifically in layman's language. This powerful resource answers the age old cosmology debate and includes with its pages: A brief history of scientific cosmology The big band model, including origins of stars, planets, and life The creation model, including the views of Moses and Jesus Other cosmological models, including future trends The errors in evolutionary times scales, time indicators and ages Appendixes and comprehensive index
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Studio: Master Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.02" Width: 6.08" Height: 0.73" Weight: 1 lbs.
Release Date Jul 1, 2005
Publisher New Leaf Press/Master Books
ISBN 0890514372 ISBN13 9780890514375
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More About Alex Williams & John Hartnett
ALEX WILLIAMS has been studying Eastern philosophy in the Western bedroom for more than ten years. Her role as a tantric sexpert began with a spiritual journey to an Indian ashram, and has seen her offering advice on television and in print that would make Vatsayana himself proud.
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Dismantling Creationist Credibility Would Be More Accurate Mar 23, 2007
The only things Hartnett and Williams dismantle in this book are their credibility and rationality. "Dismantling the Big Bang" is a tract teeming with fundamentalist fallacies, puerile presuppositions, and harebrained hypotheses. This quixotic quest to cross-dress a medieval demon-haunted universe in the language of science - while ignoring its methodology, findings, and consequences - is standard operating procedure for crank 'creation scientists.'
Our deist duo drivels: "The religion of Greek and Roman times was based on myths and legends that did not inspire philosophical inquiry..." The Greeks invented philosophy as we know it, and Christianity is based on an equally muddled set of myths and legends! Here's another howler: "A complete and satisfying cosmology was available in the early chapters of Genesis, so there was no urgency about further observational study of the heavens." Does any impartial observer still think this is a science book?
In a Q&A promoting "Dismantling the Big Bang" the authors condensed a chapter of nonsense into the following:
"In about a dozen places in the Bible it tells us that when God created the heavens He also 'stretched them out.' Now we are told in Genesis 1 that God created the heavenly bodies on Day 4, so that this means God made the universe vast in size - that is, billions of light years in size - during a single Earth day. This is entirely consistent with Einstein's theory of relativity, which tells us that time and space are not fixed, they can (be) stretched and squashed. So while billions of years of physical transformation may have occurred in the most distant galaxies, it all happened during just one Earth day."
Only if you "stretched and squashed" General Relativity into a crazy quilt fundamentalist 'white hole' universe first conjured into the creationist milieu by D. Russell Humphreys in "Starlight and Time" (reviewed separately), cribbed by Hartnett into a 'Young Solar System' model that abracadabra's the universe into existence from nothing more than genesis-based hand waving and spook-spoken words.
Young Earth Creationist (YEC) cosmologies jettison the cosmological principle in favor of a non-uniform universe envisioned as a sphere of finite radius. Everything emerges from a single point in the center of the sphere. By misapplying General Relativity to the resulting matter distribution YECs claim that gravitational time dilation causes time to pass faster as one moves away from the center of the universe. This special pleading is required to reconcile a fundamental paradox - the light travel time problem. Since neo-medieval YECs admit that the universe is vast - beyond any biblical cosmology however burlesque their exegetical exertions - but dogmatically refuse to cede that the universe 13.7 billion years old, they must explain how light from objects billions and billions of light years away arrived at an Earth that - in their feverish fantasies - is only 6,000 to 12,000 years old. By faith-based fiat creationists have to pound square pegs into round holes in their heads - and they continue to beaver away at the problem without success.
If the center of the universe were a white hole the extremely strong x-ray flux would incinerate the Earth, among other extremely unpleasant consequences... But why am I reviewing this book from a scientific perspective? "Dismantling the Big Bang" is based on a strain of Christian fundamentalism that zanily conflates biblical literalism and inerrancy and then compounds conceit by positioning the Bible as the ultimate history and science book for the entire universe. This conceptual straightjacket routinely produces results that range from the mildly amusing to utterly ridiculous as noted above.
Hartnett and Williams, like so many of their peer-review challenged peers, ignore an old but extremely relevant aphorism: the Bible teaches how to go to heaven, not how the heavens go. They claim to read relevant biblical passages literally - except where they don't because even the most befuddled apologist can't stomach the results. They accept modern science where the Bible stands mute, and dismisses science wherever the Bible offers exegetical scrap, however outlandish, on any topic.
Any book written by an omniscient being (or the work under review that cites a book supposedly written by one) should contain information about the universe that, after two thousand years of continuous use, would still be the richest source of cosmological insight humanity has ever known. Instead, the Bible contains no credible discussion of cosmology and includes obvious errors. Hartnett and Williams rationalize around this - but their empty equivocations cannot paper over the truth - the Bible does not contain a single piece of information that would seem out of place to illiterate denizens of the Bronze or Iron Age. This should deeply trouble the authors and any reader of "Dismantling the Big Bang" but as H.L. Mencken succinctly observed: "For centuries, theologians have been explaining the unknowable in terms of the not-worth-knowing."
Reality-based scientists have written wonderful books on cosmology. I highly recommend The First Three Minutes: A Modern View of the Origin of the Universe by Steven Weinberg or Many Worlds in One: The Search for Other Universes by Alex Vilenkin.
This book is based on superstition, not science. Mar 23, 2007
I recieved this book as a gift from a "born again" friend who thought it would convince me that the universe was created by the Christian god. My friend had not read the book previously - if he had he would have been to embarrased to let anyone else read it.
There is no science in this book, the authors merely mock science as they attempt to convince the reader that the words of Bronze Age, tent dwelling, nomadic, goat herders have more authority in the subject of scientific inquiry than all the scientists who have contributed to the knowledge and understanding that we have accumulated up to the present.
At one point while attacking a statement about gods made by the late Carl Sagan, the authors write: "we believe Dr. Sagan is aware of his error now". This superstitious drivel is reminiscent of the commonly repeated Evangelical saying: "Darwin is now a creationist in hell".
The book is a joke. Far from convincing the reader that any credibility exists in Creationism it shows how far removed from reality the ideas of Creationism are.
If you have some time to kill, reading this book will open your eyes to the self deception and dishonesty that are required for believers to swallow this garbage. You will be amazed.
Dismantling the Big Bang Feb 19, 2007
This is a religious book, Long on opinion Short on science.
More than worth the time, money, and effort to read. Mar 5, 2006
I purchased this book perhaps two months ago or so (January of 2006). I finished it within 24 hours. That is not to imply it is a simple book, nor that I am incredibly intelligent, but that I found it to be highly interesting, well-written, and very informative. Of course, I had a slight, educated layperson, familiarity with some of the issues the book raises (the formation of galaxies, the age of the Universe, starlight, etc.), so the going was a bit easier for me than perhaps many might find. Even so, the book is very clear, and very "easy" to read ("easy" in the sense of understandable, not in the sense of simple or simplistic).
I would have to go back through the book to detail any specific issue, but I don't feel that is necessary (especially given my lack of actual expertise in any of the areas). It is very thorough and wide-ranging in dealing with topics relevant to addressing "Big Bang" theory - the authors even provide a summary towards the end of the book of some other cosmological models.
I would highly recommend this book for anyone interested in the origin of the Universe, and in the legitimacy of "Big Bang" theory. This, along with "Starlight and Time" by Dr. Russell Humphreys, is one of my two favorite books which deal with the origin of the Universe from a Creationist perspective.
My thanks to the authors for their work.
Big Bang Boggles Sep 15, 2005
This book clarifies the real issues with the big bang. Really it is all about ones starting assumptions and this book helps the reader to see what we really know and what we don't know. Clearly the big bang cannot be thought of as a proven fact, far from it. It seems that as the big bang model has 'evolved' so have the problems with it accumulated. A model that cannot describe much more than an expanding cloud of dust and gas hardly describes the universe we live in. This book was written for the lay Christian, contains no equations, and does an absolutley excellent job of explaining the big bang in lay terms. It shows that it is absolutely imcompatible with the biblical description of our origins. Therefore Christains cannot use the big bang as some method by which God created the universe. Instead taking the biblical description at face value is a far better approach to describing the world and the cosmos we see.