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  Our Science Editor Discusses The Earth's Origin

We recently met with our science editor, Vince Hawking (an actual cousin of Stephen Hawking), hoping to learn about the origins of the earth and stars from the perspective of modern science. We found him busy in his office, as usual, surrounded by signs of his past achievements. We noticed an autographed photo of him with Billy Graham on the wall, and several bibles open on his desk. We found multiple volumes by Henry Morris on a slant rack near his desk, embossed with a "Just Say No To Healthcare" emblem.

Rick -  You look busy today, Mr. Hawking.
Hawking - I'm going over evidence I have borrowed from Jefferson's new Creation Evidence Museum. Truly fascinating stuff.

Rick - What have you learned?
Hawking - The things I find in this museum are just awesome. I spent all of yesterday afternoon there. Much like the Epcot Center, you just can't soak it all up in one or two visits. I literally learn something new every time I go there.

Rick - I thought we could spend a moment or two discussing a fascinating subject - the origin of the universe. Have the efforts of modern science shed any new light on this topic?
Hawking - Absolutely, Rick. The last generation of scientific study has resulted in gigantic advancements. We now know hundreds of times more on this subject than we did even a few short years ago.

Rick - So what are your thoughts?
Hawking - We here at the science center estimate the earth to be about 6,000 years old.

Rick - And that finding is the result of scientific study?
Hawking - I have to tell you, Rick, that you don't have to be a scientist to understand these things. In fact, there is proof within this very book I'm currently reading that is irrefutable.

Rick - Such as...
Hawking - Did you know that cells that make up the human eye contain hundreds of elements that have to all function precisely correct, or it won't work? How could that possibly develop in 6,000 years? I would estimate that eyeballs have been around for nearly 6,000 years. That would point to them being created almost instantaneously.

Rick - That doesn't seem to explain the earth or stars, though, does it?
Hawking - Science has yet to explain that. Creation, on the other hand, explains it all. Have you noticed how each scientific theory that gets proposed is suddenly faced with numerous obstacles and ends up being discounted? All of your book learning has been unable to prove creation wrong.

Rick - So that book is all the proof you need?
Hawking - In order to prove something to be scientifically accurate, you must have witnesses. Since there were no witnesses at the creation of the universe, we must rely on the scriptures to provide us with answers.

Rick - The Hubble telescope has provided us with glimpses into the deepest known recesses of the universe. The objects we are finding are billions of light years away. How could light from those objects get here in 6,000 years?
Hawking - I'm afraid I'm unaware of this "Hubble telescope", Rick. My guess is that the light from those places must have had some kind of head start.

Rick - So what are your future plans?
Hawking - I'll probably continue this research and see where it leads. The area I'm reading now implies that the earth is actually a flat disk, and the sun moves around it in some type of orbit.

Rick - Thank you again, Mr. Hawking.

Rick Bland, contributor since 2007

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