ICR: Multiple Proofs of Creationism

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:

1. Select a conclusion which you hope is true.
2. Find one piece of evidence that possibly might fit.
3. Ignore all other evidence.
4. That’s it.

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.

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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.

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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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12 responses to “ICR: Multiple Proofs of Creationism

  1. But if Mercury was created, then its volatile and non-volatile constituents would have been formed on purpose.

    This is the kind of sloppy thinking you get when you assume that everything has a purpose. What purpose could there possibly be for a volatile Mercury? Why would it need a purpose? Nothing everything is about you, Creationists.

  2. 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.

    Kent Hovind was fond of using this argument too. Creationists never seem to be able to do the math or else they would realize that this equation would mean that there were only a couple thousand humans on earth during the time Moses was supposedly leading 600,000 men out of Egypt.

  3. Good ole ICR! They moved their headquarters to Texas so they could get accredited to grant Masters of Science (in teaching) degrees. Can you imagine?

    Fortunately, they ran into Yoda and fail they did.

  4. 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.

    And I could also make 8 people 4500 years ago equate to 8 people today, or zero people, or a million, or 83,651,874,930 people. All I have to do is exactly what ICR has done, which is not provide any evidence other than they looked at “census” records and did a bit of mathematical mumbo-jumbo. Yeah, I’m gettin’ the hang of this.

    Shroud of Turn

    Er, did you mean “Shroud of Turin“? Not that it really matters. It was a fake, after all. Might as well call it the “Shroud of Turpitude”.

  5. Gary says: “Er, did you mean Shroud of Turin?”

    Arrrrgh! Yeah. All fixed. Thank you. [*mumble, grumble*]

  6. So what did the Discoveroids say when ICR rubbed it in their faces that they have Arkloads of “evidences” for creationism while all the Discoveroids have are “weaknesses” of Darwinism (ripped off from ICR to begin with) plus some bogus “complexity” nonsense that would not support a literal Genesis even if it were not bogus?

    My 2c on the shroud: A devout Christian would want it to be a ~700 year old fake, because then it would be a loving tribute to Jesus. If it were 2000 years any one of 1000s of people could have been wrapped in it.

  7. Not sure that it invalidates the “earth is the only planet with large bodies of water” argument, but there exists in space a body of water that it thousands of times larger than the water contained in the earth’s oceans. http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2011/10/24/a-thousand-oceans-of-water-surrounds-a-nearby-star/

  8. If you assume constant exponential growth over the last 4500 years, from 8 people then to 7 billion people now, that means a growth by a factor of 7,000,000,000/8. or about 875,000,000. Over half of that time, that would mean a factor of the square root – 2250 years ago, a factor of about 30,000. So that in 250 BC the Earth’s population was about 240,000. Unfortunately, that conflicts with the enumeration of the Israelites at the time of the Exodus from Egypt (before 1200 BC) given in the Bible: 614,600 males over the age of 20 (Numbers 1:27).

  9. Anonymous says:

    Unfortunately, that conflicts with the enumeration of the Israelites at the time of the Exodus

    No problem. According to creation science, the speed of light was faster then, so that affected the birthrate.

  10. No problem. According to creation science, the speed of light was faster then, so that affected the birthrate.

    I just covered my computer screen in Mt Dew!

  11. @Zaerion
    I like how they carefully say planets too, so they do not have to mention the large amounts of liquid water now known to be in Ganymede and Europa

  12. Curmy says, “They give a few more 9th-grade science facts about water and its effect on our climate…”

    Actually, 4th-grade science. For that matter, my grandson in 2nd-grade knows more science than is evidenced by any of these jokers.