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A Reasonable Answer

Astrophysicist Nobie Stone recently visited FHU to speak on physics, astronomy, and his understanding of creation.

Renowned NASA astrophysicist Nobie Stone helped Freed-Hardeman University students and other attendees give a “reasonable” answer for their faith Feb. 20 when he spoke on campus. Combining his knowledge of physics, astronomy and the Bible, he detailed his reasons for accepting the Genesis account of creation rather than the Big Bang theory.

“It turns out that the account in Genesis almost fits hand in glove with the established laws of nature, the law of cause and effect and the first and second laws of thermodynamics,” Stone said. The law of cause and effect says that every effect must have an adequate cause. Calling the laws of thermodynamics “almost sacred” in the scientific world, he said they have never been violated. The Big Bang theory offers no cause for the “bang.”

The first law of thermodynamics says that one cannot create or destroy matter or energy. “The Big Bang theory violates that law because you get something from nothing,” he said. “The second law states that any reaction of a closed system will always result in an increase of disorder; everything erodes and dies,” Stone said. Chaos ordered itself according to the Big Bang theory. The Genesis account starts with order and the earth is moving toward entropy.

Stone then moved to the biblical account of creation. Genesis 1:1 says, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” After each part of creation was completed, he noted, God said that it was good. “The earth started with perfection,” he said, but when man sinned and the earth was cursed, “the second law of thermodynamics kicked in.” Stone concluded, “The laws of physics are not violated by the Genesis account.”

FHU students and faculty alike seemed pleased with Stone’s appearance on campus. Dean of the School of Biblical Studies Billy Smith said, “Dr. Stone gave three excellent presentations on the nature of the earth. The series was a reminder of the marvels of our magnificent universe leading to the conclusion stated clearly in scripture, ‘The heavens declare the glory of God’ (Psalm 19:1).”

"It was an honor to have Dr. Stone speak on our campus. His accomplishments in the field of space flight and technology are extraordinary,” Dr. Leann Self-Davis, dean of the School of Sciences and Mathematics, said. “It was a wonderful opportunity for our students to connect with a renowned astrophysicist whose career in science has served to increase his faith in God, our Creator."

Chemistry major Patrick Kent felt that Stone’s presentation was greatly needed and he recommended that he come to campus again. He was particularly impressed by Stone’s using God’s promise to Abraham concerning the stars and the sand to make his point. “I had never really thought about the fact that one can only see so many stars with the unaided eye and that, to Abraham and even some people today, the promise involving the number of stars may have seemed ridiculous.” Kent liked the way Stone merged science and the Bible to show how the universe is, indeed, comprised of a “huge” number of stars, thereby comparable to the grains of sand upon the earth. “This, in my opinion, shows how science and the Bible are not enemies, but rather allies that point us toward God,” Kent said.

Information presented to the FHU audience came from Stone’s series, “A Reasonable Answer.”

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Brian Kenyon   3/15/2013 8:18:51 AM
Very good! Glad Dr. Stione was able to speak at FHU on these things. Is he still with NASA? Unless NASA has drastically changed in the last few years, his speech would definitely get him in trouble with them! Just wondering. Thanks for reporting it!
Heather Throneberry   3/15/2013 6:31:49 PM
I worked 18 months in the Headquarters building at Kennedy Space Center, and was surprised at the very Christian environment I found. I was mainly engineers and support staff, so I can't speak of the scientists. There are other books about faith and space. One was written by an astronaut. Another is by Mike O'Neal, a former NASA employee. He is a Harding grad and a member of the Church. He now speaks on the topic of faith and space. Maybe NASA isn't as anti-God as we're made to believe.

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