Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Age of the Universe

The Torah, the oldest book in the world (although "Sefer Hayetzira" is purportedly authored by Abraham), authored by Moses mostly under dictation by G-d over a 40-year span, if analyzed for chronology, yields the age of the universe to be 5,770 years old.

Scientists cannot agree about the age of the universe by a factor of billions of years, but hardly any of them concur with the Torah view of the world's age to be a "mere" 5,770 years old.

So why has history of man been recorded for only a few millennia, if we've been around for so much longer? Did we suddenly gain wisdom only a few millennia ago? Why does everything before that time draw a blank? Even if evolutionary theory were to be true (but it's not), surely 5,000 years is a mere pittance of time in which nothing significant could have happened to render the wisdom of people prior to this time incompetent of writing, or history-taking.

The leap of faith taken by believers of a billions-year-old universe derives from scientific assessment of rock age, astronomical mathematics, or the like. These findings offer enough comfort for them to stake their ancient primordial claim.

The Talmud, on the other hand, dismisses this billions-year-old claim rather simply. When G-d created the universe, it was created with its embedded particulars already with a given age attributable to them. Every physical element or configuration did not need to undergo an entire ontogenesis when it made its existential debut. For example, as the Torah relates, Adam, the first man, was created as an adult of profound intelligence.

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