Here is an interesting case where the eclipse interpretation of Joshua’s Long Day has been used to refine the understanding of ancient history:
Scientists believe they may have pinpointed the date of the oldest solar eclipse ever recorded.
The event is mentioned in the Bible, and occurred on 30 October 1,207 BC – exactly 3,224 years ago today.
Scientists believe the findings could have consequences for dating events in the ancient world, including the rules of Egypt‘s Pharaohs…
‘The calculated date of this solar eclipse is 30 October 1207 BC. This is in the reign of Merneptah, when we know from his Stele that the Israelites were in Canaan. So we have a consistent story.’ [quoting Professor Sir Colin Humphreys, co-author of the study under discussion]
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5024509/Solar-eclipse-mentioned-Bible-DID-occur-3-224-years-ago.html
The interpretation of Joshua’s Long Day at play in this research is as follows:
“But going back to the original Hebrew text, we determined that an alternative meaning could be that the sun and moon just stopped doing what they normally do: they stopped shining. In this context, the Hebrew words could be referring to a solar eclipse, when the moon passes between the earth and the sun, and the sun appears to stop shining. This interpretation is supported by the fact that the Hebrew word translated ‘stand still’ has the same root as a Babylonian word used in ancient astronomical texts to describe eclipses.”
Read more: https://www.forbes.com/sites/bridaineparnell/2017/10/30/oldest-solar-eclipse-ever-recorded-tells-us-when-ramesses-the-great-ruled-egypt/#4f1a9d5a663f
An article discussing recent challenges to Big Bang theory, dark matter, etc.:
With so many huge gaps in materialist cosmology, a revolution may be brewing, as seen in the kinds of questions being asked.
Early Maturity: Rapid Formation of Complex Structures Too Soon After the Big Bang
Discovered: fast-growing galaxies from early universe (Carnegie Science): The conundrum of early maturity in the universe continues with this announcement of “a mysterious population of surprisingly massive galaxies” which, “although extremely old—formed less than a billion years after the Big Bang” yet “creates stars more than a hundred times faster than our own Milky Way.” Astronomers even believe they observed two galaxies in the act of merging, meaning they must have already formed prior to the merger.
Read more: https://crev.info/2017/07/cosmology-still-dark/
An article that highlights the fact that much of accepted science is theoretical and changes over time:
Professor Neil Turok, director of the Premeter Institute in Canada, has questioned [Stephen Hawking’s] the renowned theoretical physicist’s ideas on the Big Bang and the origins of the universe….
…Turok has now released research suggesting that Hawking’s maths was incorrect, saying that science should re-evaluate the claims.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4637702/Stephen-Hawking-s-Big-Bang-theory-WRONG-says-friend.html
Due to the growing number of people I have encountered who have adopted the flat earth theory, I have been reading up on their arguments. One source referred me to a book, in which I found the following quote pertaining to the geocentricity debate:
Dr. Woodhouse, Cambridge Professor of Astronomy, “The Earth (Not a Globe) Review,” January 1893:
When we consider what the advocates of the Earth’s stationary and central position can account for, and explain the celestial phenomena as accurately to their own thinking as we can ours, in addition to which they have the evidence of THEIR SENSES and SCRIPTURE and FACTS in their favour, which we have not ; it is not without a show of reason that they maintain the superiority of their system … However perfect our theory may appear in our own estimation, and however simply and satisfactorily the Newtonian hypotheses may seem to us to account for all the celestial phenomena, yet we are here compelled to admit the astounding truth, if our premises be disputed and the facts challenged, the whole range of Astronomy does not contain one proof of its own accuracy.
~qtd. in Terra Firma: The Earth Not a Planet Proved from Scripture, Reason, and Fact by David Wardlaw Scott, pages 42-43, available online at https://thechosenites.files.wordpress.com/2015/07/terra-firma.pdf
One must invent unknown stuff—dark matter—with the right properties—the unknown ‘god of the gaps’—to get stars to form naturalistically. Without it, it just can’t happen!
But why invent this unknown stuff? There are various areas in astrophysics and cosmology where dark matter is invoked to solve some problem. But more fundamentally why invent a ‘god’ to overcome established laws of physics to explain star formation? Is it because if they don’t astronomers will have to admit that materialism fails and that there is more to the Universe than hydrogen, helium, some heavier elements, magnetic fields, radiation and the laws of physics?
Read more: http://creation.com/stars-dont-form-naturally
In 1614, when the telescope was new technology, a young man in Germany published a book filled with illustrations of the exciting new things being discovered telescopically: moons circling Jupiter, moon-like phases of Venus, spots on the Sun, the rough and cratered lunar surface. The young man was Johann Georg Locher, and his book was Mathematical Disquisitions Concerning Astronomical Controversies and Novelties. And while Locher heaped praise upon Galileo, he challenged ideas that Galileo championed – on scientific grounds.
Read more: http://www.intellectualtakeout.org/blog/opposition-galileo-was-scientific-not-just-religious