You really have to read this, (all of it, not just the sections I’ve highlighted) not because I suspect too many of you actually subscribe to this gargonzola; but because it is this mind-set which has been deliberately courted and exploited for political reasons in modern America. Our modern fascists may not necessarily believe any of this nonsense, but they are perfectly ready to climb into bed with those who do. That reveals a lot more about our politics than it does either about our science or our theology.
A Biblical Response to the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) Launch
The Evolutionary “Goals” Behind JWST
However, as seen from the many news reports published by the media (especially from NASA), the overall objectives for JWST are saturated in evolutionary (and really naturalistic) thinking. For example, NASA states on one of their websites, “The primary goals of Webb are to study galaxy, star and planet formation in the universe. To see the very first stars and galaxies that formed in the early universe, we have to look deep into space to look back in time (because it takes light time to travel from there to here, the farther out we look, the further we look back in time).
The prime contractor that developed the JWST spacecraft (Northrop Grumman) stated, “By extending our knowledge of the cosmos, the James Webb Space Telescope will play an important role in our quest to answer compelling questions such as: ‘How did the universe begin?’ or ‘When were the first stars and galaxies created?’ or ‘How do planets form?’ and ‘How do we fit in the cosmos?’”
Note, these objectives fall into the category of science that’s called historical science (making assumptions about the past based on evidence in the present), which, by the way, can be useful in certain applications (like in forensic science when analyzing crime-scene evidence) but only when used through a biblical “lens” and logical worldview.
However, in this instance, these statements for the JWST are clearly secular (and unbiblical), which inevitably means they’re also fallacious (this is the result of every unbiblical worldview). Notice the claim of “looking” back in time (when looking at objects deep in space) in order to see how everything in the universe began through cosmological evolution (i.e., the big bang). But note that when making this claim, they’ve already merely assumed cosmological evolution (by assuming star/planet formation occurred in the early stages of galaxies) in order to prove cosmological evolution (via “looking” back in time). This is a logical fallacy called begging the question.
What’s the Biblical Response?
So how should we (especially as Christians) respond to these claims? Aside from the arbitrary (circular-reasoning) nature of these statements, these goals are obviously antithetical to the biblical worldview. Rather than relying on (fallacious) assumptions about the past, it’s always better to start with an eyewitness account (i.e., someone who was actually there). And for this, we need to go to the very first chapter of the Bible.
Eyewitness? The telescope IS the eyewitness. Anything else is hearsay testimony from biased witnesses.