Today he continues our education in creationist astronomy with The Solar System: Earth and Moon. As with his earlier article, a lot of it is just high school science, so we’ll skip that and give you only the unique parts — with bold font added by us for emphasis and a few Curmudgeonly interjections tossed in here and there. Okay, here we go:
When the Voyager 1 spacecraft reached the edge of our solar system in 1990, it turned its camera around and photographed Earth. From such a tremendous distance, the earth appears as a tiny bluish-white grain of sand lost in an ocean of black. This famous image of Earth is named the Pale Blue Dot. From a secular perspective, that is all Earth is — a tiny bit of rock and water in a vast and meaningless universe of chance. But in the Christian worldview, this pale blue dot is the most important planet in the universe.
Those secularists are all fools! Jason goes on to explain why:
Physically, Earth’s properties are similar to the other terrestrial planets: Mercury, Venus, and Mars. These are all solid, rocky worlds, orbiting relatively close to the sun. They all have mountains, valleys, rifts, canyons, and craters. Earth is the largest of these four planets in diameter—two and one half times larger than Mercury, just under twice the size of Mars, and only five percent larger than Venus. So, the sizes are not all that different. But despite these similarities, Earth is unique in many ways. [The others are also unique, aren't they?]
We’re unique — unique! Glory, glory, we’re unique! Let’s read on:
Most significantly, Earth is the only planet known to contain living organisms. …. This stands in striking contrast to the lifeless, barren surface of the other planets. Many of Earth’s other unique qualities seem to be specifically designed to support such life.
Yes, oh yes! The Earth was specifically designed! Jason continues:
Over 70 percent of Earth is covered with liquid water. No other known planet has such an abundance of water. Since water is an essential requirement for all known life, the presence of water on Earth seems to be a key design feature. Earth orbits at just the right distance from the sun for temperatures to allow for liquid water. Earth’s atmospheric pressure is also just right for liquid water. All of these properties seem designed for life. [But was Earth designed for life, or does life spring up where the conditions are propitious?]
Only a fool would deny it! Here’s more:
Unlike Venus, Earth has a strong magnetic field. This field deflects harmful cosmic radiation, protecting inhabitants on Earth’s surface. The strength of the magnetic field has been slowly but continually dropping since scientists have been able to measure it nearly two centuries ago. This drop is consistent with Earth’s biblical age of around 6,000 years but is wildly inconsistent with the secular assumption of billions of years.
Yes, oh yes! (Pay no attention to this blasphemous article at TalkOrigins: On Creation Science and the Alleged Decay of the Earth’s Magnetic Field.) Moving along:
Earth is tilted on its axis 23.4 degrees relative to its orbit around the sun.
This tilt appears to be well-designed for life. If Earth were tilted less, the polar regions would receive less energy, reducing the habitable area of the planet. If the earth were tilted more, the seasons would become more extreme, potentially reducing plant-growing seasons and making the environment less hospitable.
That clinches it! The tilt is the icing on the cake. How much more evidence does anyone need? And now Jason moves on to the Moon:
Earth also has a large natural satellite — the moon. Earth’s moon is the fifth-largest moon in the solar system. It is over one quarter the size of Earth in diameter. No other planet has a moon this large in proportion to the size of the planet. The moon aids life on Earth by inducing tides. Tides prevent the oceans from stagnating, and they clean shorelines. The moon also provides light at night — it “rules the night” (Genesis 1:16), being far brighter than any other regular nighttime celestial object. No other planet has such a bright moon in its night sky.
Yowie! That’s amazing! It’s gotta be a miracle! Another excerpt:
The moon has a number of distinctive characteristics. It is both 400 times smaller and 400 times closer to Earth than the sun is. [Wow -- what are the odds against that?] This means that the moon and sun have about the same apparent size in our sky on average. This makes total solar eclipses possible. Earth is the only known planet that can experience eclipses where its moon so precisely covers the sun.
Amazing — it’s gotta be a miracle! On with the article:
As the moon induces tides on Earth, the planet rotates faster than the moon orbits and the tidal bulges get “ahead” of the moon. They then pull forward on the moon, causing it to gain orbital energy and move away from Earth. The effect is small but measurable — the moon moves away from the Earth by about 1.5 inches every year. …. Yet secular scientists claim that Earth and the moon are over four billion years old. The evidence from the recession of the moon is inconsistent with the secular age estimate. Of course, 6,000 years ago, the moon would have been only 730 feet closer to Earth. So, lunar recession is not a problem for the biblical timescale.
Once again, we warn you not to pay attention to this wicked item at the TalkOrigins Index to Creationist Claims, which rebuts the claim that Because of tidal friction, the moon is receding, and the earth’s rotation is slowing down, at rates too fast for the earth to be billions of years old.
And now we come to the thrilling conclusion section of Jason’s article:
Of the planets in our solar system, Earth is uniquely designed for life, and the moon is uniquely designed to aid life on Earth. God chose to spend five of the six days of creation working on Earth, making it just the way He wanted it to be. All the other planets were created in one day — Day Four (Genesis 1:14-19). It is as if God took extra care to create Earth.
Jason’s logic is undeniable. Here’s the end:
Astronomers have now discovered hundreds of planets orbiting other stars, and it is likely that billions more remain undiscovered. Yet, of all the planets in the universe, Earth is where God chose to place the creatures whom He made in His own image.
Admit it, dear reader — aren’t you glad we told you about this article? Without Jason’s godly insights, you were destined for the Lake of Fire.
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