We’ve previously written about the positions taken by some of the major creationist websites on the existence of extra-terrestrial life. For the granddaddy of all creationist outfits — the Institute for Creation Research (ICR), see ICR Flat-Out Predicts: “No Alien Life Exists”.
And for the position of ol’ Hambo, founder of Answers in Genesis (AIG), one of the major sources of young-earth creationist wisdom, see AIG Accepts Possibility of Alien Life. Hambo is hedging his bets on the possibility of primitive life, but there’s no intelligent life out there, and even if there were, they can’t get into heaven.
Now we hear from the neo-theocrats at the Discovery Institute‘s creationist public relations and lobbying operation, the Center for Science and Culture (a/k/a the Discoveroids, a/k/a the cdesign proponentsists).
We already know the Discoveroids’ position — they’re pretty much committed to the proposition that life on earth is unique. Jay Richards is a Discoveroid “Senior Fellow” (i.e., full-blown creationist), and he’s a co-author of the creationist classic, The Privileged Planet. So let’s see what the Discoveroids have to say today.
Their latest post on alien life is Another Mars Rover, Another Chance for (Materialist) Redemption. It’s by David Klinghoffer, whose creationist oeuvre we last described here, and upon whom the Discoveroids have bestowed the exalted title of “senior fellow” — i.e., flaming, full-blown creationist. His name has some of the resonance of Red Skelton’s Clem Kadiddlehopper.
Klinghoffer (or Kadiddlehopper) is in full mystic mode for this one. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us and his links omitted:
NASA is getting ready to land a new rover on Mars, this one to explore Gale Crater, one of the lowest elevation points on the planet and where water might have been expected to gather at some time in the past.
For some reliable information about that mission, see this at NASA’s website: NASA’s Car-Sized Rover Nears Daring Landing on Mars. Okay, back to Klinghoffer:
Following standard procedure, NASA’s top Mars scientist, Michael Meyer, has been talking about, yes, the tantalizing possibility of finding evidence of life where once there was water. “One of the main reasons why we’re going to Mars is to figure out whether life ever started there,” he told Reuters. Since life as we know it requirers [sic] water, and since water flows down, Gale Crater is a logical place to look.
Nothing wrong with that. Then Klinghoffer quotes NASA’s Meyer, referring to it as an “interesting if-then formulation.” We haven’t checked the Meyer quote, and the bracketed material is in Klinghoffer’s original:
If in the second place in our solar system that we think life has a possibility [it] actually did start there, my conclusion would be that life is easy, it’s a natural process and the universe is just littered with places that have life.
Shocking indeed! Let’s see what Klinghoffer says about it:
This would constitute redemption for materialist evolutionism.
Aaaargh!! Klinghoffer’s paragraph continues:
Curiosity [the rover's name] will have the opportunity to investigate for the duration of one Martian year (687 Earth days). What if no evidence of life is forthcoming, as in fact has been the case with the previous Mars rovers? Would that incline Michael Meyer to the conclusion that life may not be “easy,” that perhaps it’s not a “natural process,” and probably the universe is not “just littered with places that have life”?
That’s supposed to be a serious question — If there’s no life on Mars, would a scientist conclude from that one data-point that life isn’t a natural process? Verily, dear reader, the creationist mind is a marvel! Here’s Klinghoffer’s smug conclusion:
That, of course, is one of those question you are not supposed to ask.
Well! The tension is mounting at Discoveroid headquarters. The fate of the “theory” of intelligent design seems to hinge on what the Mars rover finds.
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