This blog was sparked as a response to a theological discussion about the literal reality of Adam as a distinct person.
We do not criticize any of the speakers in this forum. You are free to evaluate the discussion on its own merits. What bothers us is that scientific ideas and terms are often thrown around in the sense of common knowledge. In this specific instance the history related to Copernicus gets thrown around. That happens a lot in contemporary society. However, this creates a false impression about what science does or does not have to say about the issue. In other words, our common knowledge is not common, it is filled with errors, and in many instances is no better than an old wives fable or urban legend. Please, we can do better than that.
Unfortunately, this pentalog is flawed by a weak understanding of science. The history surrounding Copernicus and the heliocentric cosmology model is indeed unfortunate. No one, other than God, knows the exact center of the cosmos; this locus is impossible to discover by measurement or observation. Even if Big Bang (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Bang) is conceded for the sake of this discussion, it is still unlikely that the center of the cosmos can be found by mere man.
“There is little evidence regarding the absolute earliest instant of the expansion. Thus, the Big Bang theory cannot and does not provide any explanation for such an initial condition; rather, it describes and explains the general evolution of the universe going forward from that point on (ibid).”
“There are generally considered to be three outstanding problems with the Big Bang theory: the horizon problem, the flatness problem, and the magnetic monopole problem (ibid).”
Fundamental to this discussion is the fact that we cannot really see beyond our event horizon (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Event_horizon). Obviously, Big Bang, as yet, has nothing to say about the exact center of the cosmos. Since, we cannot see beyond our event horizon we cannot prove or disprove that God is “out there” by scientific means. This requires that God, if He exists, penetrate our event horizon, which He did in the form of His Shekinah Glory, a fact attested by millions of credible witnesses over continual periods spanning hundreds of years.
Therefore, having set aside Big Bang as irrelevant and moot, we return to the original question of origins with this additional quote from wiki/Big_Bang.
“If the large-scale Universe appears isotropic as viewed from Earth, the cosmological principle can be derived from the simpler Copernican principle, which states that there is no preferred (or special) observer or vantage point.”
In the realm of multi-dimensional Cartesian coordinates and vector systems, the choice of origins, as well as other details, is entirely arbitrary. One usually chooses one’s origins to simplify the mathematics of any given problem. Calculations made from two differing points of origin must produce the same result, even though one may be very difficult to compute, and even more difficult to explain. As the “Copernican principle” suggests, the two differing points of origin are relative to each other. A heliocentric cosmology model yields simple elliptical path mathematics that anyone can understand: it is indispensable to discussion of our planetary system. However, this does not at all obsolete our geocentric cosmology model, which is still in widespread use today and equally indispensable for things like star mapping: contemporary astronomy discussions are still filled with words like ecliptic. Therefore, the debate over geocentricity versus heliocentricity is worn out. We do not and cannot know where the absolute center of the universe is located, and we don’t much care.
What we do know is that the Shekinah Glory invaded our event horizon at least once. Moreover, He did it in such a way as to establish Himself as the sole qualified expert to speak on all things creative. He was there from before the foundation of the world, we were not there. He clearly says that Adam is a single real person, that Adam’s flesh was divided somehow, mysteriously to make two distinct real persons: one retaining the name Adam, the other being named Life. That settles that, but it is hardly the end of the story.
This Shekinah Glory explains to us in numerous places that He is always near, and everywhere: there is no sufficient reason ever to limit the range of that presence either inside or outside of our event horizon.
Finally, it should be abundantly clear to all students of cosmology that this Shekinah Glory appeared in the Bethlehem Star during the days of Herod the Great, on the Mount of Transfiguration a few years later, as tongues of fire on the disciples in 33 AD, and will doubtless come again blazing across the sky in great glory.
Merry Christmas,Herb Swanson aka Augie