There’s a bit of heat under the collars and dissent among the various creation sects at Anthony Watts’ comment section on the post about Mannhandling.
Creation sects? Well there’s the short chronology group who believe it happened 6000 years ago. Then there’s the long chronology group who believe it happened 13.8 billion years ago and as astrophysicist Hilton Ratcliffe told me a day or so ago, about 10^-50 second after the BB.
Velikovsky’s crime or sin was to wonder if there was another force operating in the cosmos in addition to gravity. It’s now studied under the discipline of The Physics of The Plasma Universe etc. Velikovsky was right and his critics not.
However all scientific theories are intrinsically false, so it is no surprise that Velikovsky’s theories considered during the 1940’s have since been updated with new data and many of his interpretations were subsequently shown to be wrong.
And creation? Never happened – some of us have concluded the universe has always existed, is static, is neither expanding or contracting, and just is.
But if your culture is dominated by religious belief, then be sure to understand that so too will be your cosmology and science; it has to be. So what is touted as science in our culture isn’t really, it’s just religion cloaked in scientific language.
And remember in science there are no absolutes, but there are in religion, gravity being the core axiom along with the Big Bang.
Update: When critics use ad hominems to disparage a target, such as labelling Velikovsky a crank, etc, or insisting that he is questioning the law of gravitation, which is forbidden, then that’s the reaction of people whose beliefs have been profaned; science is thus absent.