Therefore it is very very very very very old.
We know this because of light, which travels at a constant rate of 186,000 miles per second. Using a method called triangulation (using geometry and trigonometry) we can calculate the distance between us and objects in space. This reveals distances so great that we can scarcely comprehend them, distances so great that we must measure them in light years.
The distance which light travels in one year is 5,878,630,000,000 miles.
The nearest star to us is over 4 light years away.
The age of the earth and our solar system are also well understood and have been independently verified using many different methods.
Because of the Hubble space telescope we can actually OBSERVE the formation of solar systems. We see from the birth of stars as gravity causes compressed gas to collapse in on itself starting nuclear fusion...
Why then after knowing this, would we assume that our Earth and our solar system are any different?
Recent Posts 10
Homosexuality and Christianity: Unnatural?December 8, 2009 at 9:15am PST
I recently became involved in an ongoing email conversation regarding homosexuality and religion with the Assistant Superintendent of the Christian High School I attended. Is homosexuality a choice? Does it occur in nature? It can't lead to procreation
Homosexuality and Christianity: The Cost of CondemnationDecember 8, 2009 at 9:30am PST
Much of Christianity condemns homosexuality. Is this righteous stand bearing the fruit of good works? Sure. If you cons.
No Transitional Fossils?December 8, 2009 at 1:56am PST
Homosexuality and Christianity: The Theology of HypocrisyDecember 12, 2009 at 1:28am PST
Most modern Christians allow women to speak in church. Some of them even go out to Red Lobster for Sunday dinner! Isn't it about time we got back to Biblical principles... like punishing this abomination by death?
What I Was Taught In Science ClassDecember 12, 2009 at 2:36am PST
I went to a Christian High School where I was taught young-earth creationism in science class. Here's what I learned then and what I know now
The wordDecember 20, 2009 at 5:40am PST
In January of 1954, the following letter was written by Albert Einstein to philosopher Erik Gutkind after reading his book, 'Choose Life: The Biblical Call to Revolt'.
Do scientists pray, and if so what they pray for?December 20, 2009 at 6:20pm PST
A child in the sixth grade in a Sunday School in New York City, with the encouragement of her teacher, wrote to this question to Einstein in Princeton on 19 January I936.
A Student Seeks the Meaning of LifeDecember 20, 2009 at 6:30pm PST
This excerpt is a letter written by Einstein in response to a 19-year-old Rutger's University student, who had written to Einstein of his despair at seeing no visible purpose to life and no help from religion.
Science and ReligionDecember 20, 2009 at 11:50pm PST
Everything that the human race has done and thought is concerned with the satisfaction of deeply felt needs and the assuagement of pain. One has to keep this constantly in mind if one wishes to understand spiritual movements and their
Science and Religion, Part IDecember 21, 2009 at 12:01am PST
During the last century, and part of the one before, it was widely held that there was an unreconcilable conflict between knowledge and belief. The opinion prevailed among advanced minds that it was time that belief should be replaced