Reconciling YEC & OEC via Retrocausality

There are two views of Creationism: Young Earth and Old Earth

Young Earth creationism (YEC) is a form of creationism which holds that the Earth and its lifeforms were created by God between 6,000 and 10,000 years ago. YEC is based on the religious belief in the inerrancy of the Book of Genesis. Its primary adherents are Christians who believe that God created the Earth in six days, in contrast with old Earth creationism (OEC).

Old Earth creationism (OEC) is theorized by most scientific disciplines, which hold that the age of the universe is around 13.8 billion years, the formation of the Earth and Solar System happened around 4.6 billion years ago, and the origin of life occurred roughly 4 billion years ago.

They cannot both be correct... or can they?


Retrocausality, or backwards causation, is a concept of cause and effect in which an effect precedes its cause in time and so a later event affects an earlier one. In quantum physics, the distinction between cause and effect is not made at the most fundamental level and so time-symmetric systems can be viewed as causal or retrocausal.

Feynmann Diagram Gluon RadiationTime runs left to right in this Feynman diagram of electron–positron annihilation. When interpreted to include retrocausality, the electron (marked e−) was not destroyed, instead becoming the positron (e+) and moving backward in time.Quantum theory provides a framework for modern theoretical physics that enjoys enormous predictive and explanatory success. Yet, in view of the so-called “measurement problem”, there is no consensus on how physical reality can possibly be such that this framework has this success. The theory is thus an extremely well-functioning algorithm to predict and explain the results of observations, but no consensus on which kind of objective reality might plausibly underlie these observations.

Amongst the many attempts to provide an “interpretation” of quantum theory to account for this predictive and explanatory success, one class of interpretations hypothesizes backward-in-time causal influences—retrocausality—as the basis for constructing a convincing foundational account of quantum theory.

Avshalom Elitzur - physicist at the Israeli Institute for Advanced Research, “This is nothing short of a revolution within quantum mechanics.” Now that measurement methods have become precise enough, he says, “you can be sure that notions like retrocausation are going to become part and parcel of quantum reality.”

So ponder on this...

"In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth."  In our time, the Lord did this about 10,000 years ago.  When he did, retrocausation created or backfilled the universe with 13.8 billion years of causation.

Scientists believe OEC because of the evidence found in nature's past events.  YEC'ers believe because the evidence found in the Bible.

What if both are correct?

If they are both correct, stop canceling believers and calling each other names - move on.

Videos / Readings:

Youtube - WTF is Quantum Retrocausality? -

Scientific American - "Quantum Physics May Be Even Spookier Than You Think" - - Physicists provide support for retrocausal quantum theory, in which the future influences the past -

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy - "Retrocausality in Quantum Mechanics" -

Science Magazine - "Einstein’s ‘spooky action at a distance’ spotted in objects almost big enough to see"

Futurism - "Physicists May Have Discovered One of the Missing Pieces of Quantum Theory"  -

Huw Price - Youtube - Backward Causation -

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