How far away are the stars?
This is a great question for creationists. The reason is that unlike the varied techniques used to determine the age of the Earth, the distance to the stars is determined by the behavior of light, and the behavior of light is agreed upon: Things farther away look smaller and dimmer than things close up; Similar objects will emit similar amounts of light; Objects moving toward or away from us will have the frequency of their light shifted. And importantly, because the speed of light is fixed, distance is equal to time.
The stars form a microcosm of the creationist’s response to the old Earth theories and the theory of the evolutionary descent of man. If one argues that the physicists have misunderstood or covered up the real laws of physics with regard to astronomy, one will argue that with the old Earth theories and the evolution of man. If one argues for unknown extra physical laws in astronomy, one will likely invoke them with relationship to the Earth and evolution. And if one argues, as I would, the creation of an old-looking heavens (and indeed, wouldn’t it have to look like something?) one would certainly argue the same for the Earth and for man himself.
So where do Lutherans stand? How far away are the stars?