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Barber’s Big Bang Straw Man

Barber’s Big Bang Straw Man April 24, 2013

Matt Barber of Liberty Counsel bravely leaps into the field of science and, unsurprisingly, lands with a resounding thud. Read these two paragraphs, which betray either complete ignorance of the big bang and evolutionary theories or the deliberate construction of an absurd straw man:

Be they theist or be they atheist, on this most scientists agree: In the beginning there was nothing. There was no time, space or matter. There wasn’t even emptiness, only nothingness. Well, nothing natural anyway.

And then, bang! Everything. Nonexistence became existence. Nothing became, in less than an instant, our inconceivably vast and finely tuned universe governed by what mankind would later call – after we too popped into existence from nowhere, fully armed with conscious awareness and the ability to think, communicate and observe – “natural law” or “physics.”

Time, space, earth, life and, finally, human life were not.

And then they were.

Any scientist who believed any such thing would rightly be laughed out of the academy. Barber, though, is on the faculty of Liberty University, so he will win wild cheering for this ignorant bullshit rather than derision. They expect this sort of cartoonish version of science at Liberty; anything else would leave their religious ideology in tatters.

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