Today we’re going to catch up on some recent lessons in creation science from the granddaddy of all creationist outfits — the Institute for Creation Research (ICR). They’re the fountainhead of young-earth creationist wisdom. They’ve published several goofy articles recently that follow their usual formula, but none of them, alone, has inspired us to post.
So what we’re going to do is combine a few of their articles into one collection of silliness. We’ll give you a few excerpts from each article, with bold font added by us and ICR’s footnotes and scripture links deleted.
Before we begin, however, we want to remind you of the curious technique used in creationist thinking — something that permeates all of their creation “science.” First they start with some research done by real scientists. As with tests of the Shroud of Turin, they’ll uncritically accept selected findings — even if they’re previously denounced the methodology — but only if those findings fit with their preconceived conclusions. Then they “analyze” their selected data, using what we call the Creationists’ Scientific Method. It works like this:
Okay, we know you’re eager to get started. The first article is Mercury’s Surface Looks Young . Here we go:
NASA’s Messenger spacecraft mission to Mercury has given scientists the opportunity to learn more about the properties of the solar system’s innermost planet. After supposedly billions of years since its formation, the planet should be dead, or geologically inactive. New data from Messenger, however, show that Mercury remains active and is still generating surface features.
NASA has a few articles at their website about their recent Mercury fly-by. You can find them here: Mission to Mercury. We didn’t notice any that proclaimed evidence for creationism, but what does NASA know? Here’s one more excerpt from ICR’s Mercury article:
But if Mercury was created, then its volatile and non-volatile constituents would have been formed on purpose. And if Mercury was created only thousands of years ago, as the Bible clearly indicates, then it could easily have plenty of residual energy.
Mercury’s active geology is the exact opposite of long-age predictions — but it is just what one would expect if Mercury is only thousands of years old.
Although ICR is thrilled to receive the testimony of Mercury, we caution them to remember what it says in the Good Book (King James version, of course) in Isaiah 14:12:
How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
Devil or not, that was fun! Here’s another: Earth Hit the 7-Billion Mark Too Late . ICR says:
The world’s population will reach seven billion on October 31, 2011, according to the United Nations, and media outlets are heralding the issue of overcrowding on the planet. How long did it take for this many humans to be born? The evolutionary version of human population growth presents a fantastic scenario to answer that question. In this imaginary long-ages history, the population did not grow at all for millions of years before suddenly taking off only a few thousand years ago.
As the late Dr. Henry Morris, founder of the Institute for Creation Research, asked, “How could it be that the planet only now is experiencing a population crisis — why not several hundred thousand years ago, soon after man first appeared on earth?”
It shouldn’t surprise you to learn that this clunker is dealt with in TalkOrigins’ excellent Index to Creationist Claims. Here it is: Human population growth indicates a young earth. Go ahead and read it. Here’s ICR’s conclusion:
But the current world population aligns completely with biblical history, with no added stories. Using census records from the last 400 years and a bit of algebra, and assuming a natural logarithmic growth, eight Flood survivors 4,500 years ago produce 7 billion people almost exactly. This is powerful evidence that biblical history is accurate, and man-made evolutionary history is not.
Yeah, okay. Here’s the last ICR article we’ll discuss today: The Miracle of Water. Yes, dear reader, water proves creationism. Here’s what ICR says:
The earth is the only known planet with huge bodies of water. Seventy percent of its surface area consists of oceans, lakes, and seas surrounding huge bodies of land. The few other planets that have water contain only moisture floating as vapor on their surface or small amounts of ice or liquid water on the planet itself, not large bodies of liquid water as on earth.
Wow — that’s amazing! They give a few more 9th-grade science facts about water and its effect on our climate, concluding with this:
This is one more “stunning” demonstration that the “Lord by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens.”
We’d like to give you more, but we have exceeded our self-imposed Stupid Quota for the day. Don’t despair — there’s always tomorrow.
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