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Among the CreationistsDispatches from the Anti-Evolutionist Frontline$
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Jason Rosenhouse

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199744633

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199744633.001.0001

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Is the Earth at the Center of the Universe?

Is the Earth at the Center of the Universe?

(p.206) 33 Is the Earth at the Center of the Universe?
Among the Creationists

Jason Rosenhouse

Oxford University Press

In this chapter, the author comments on the presentation called “Evidence for an Earth-Centered Universe,” delivered by Mark Matthews during the Sixth International Conference on Creationism, held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in August 2008. In claiming that the Earth is at the center of the universe, Matthews invoked “the fingers of God” effect as his primary line of evidence. During the question period, the author challenged the notion that the apparent lining-up of certain galaxies suggested that Earth occupied a special location in the universe. He received support from someone named John Hartnett, who offered an explanation of the fingers of God phenomenon.

Keywords:   universe, Mark Matthews, Sixth International Conference on Creationism, Earth, fingers of God effect, galaxies, John Hartnett, creationism

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