That splendid illustration of the creationists’ universe is the work of the elves in our art department, shown here in its entirety for the first time.
Besides seeing man on the immovable flat earth (supported by pillars) around which the sun travels, you can now see everything else. The first time we used that pic we showed you only the middle portion, and there was a complaint that it omitted the Lake of Fire. No one remarked that it also omitted the glory of heaven above. Now all of creation is revealed. The full canvas is ten feet high, and it hangs on the wall behind your Curmudgeon’s throne-like chair.
Why have we included that illustration here? We used it before when we wrote Ken Ham: Aliens Are Going to Hell!, which presented the official opinion of Answers in Genesis on the existence of intelligent aliens. It was relevant then and it’s relevant now.
Something’s going on. The creationists are becoming increasingly agitated about aliens. First it was AIG, now it’s the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) — the granddaddy of all creationist outfits, the fountainhead of young-earth creationist wisdom — which is giving us their bible-based opinion on the existence of life on other worlds. The last time we wrote about their view was ICR’s New Position on Alien Life.
ICR’s new article is NASA’s Far Out Search for Life . It’s written by Brian Thomas. This is ICR’s biographical information about him. Here are some excerpts from what he says, with bold font added by us:
Despite billions of dollars spent on the decades-long search and the fact that not one shred of distant life evidence has been found, NASA continues to suggest that life might really be out there and that its discovery is within reach. Does scientific evidence really justify this expensive search for distant life? If not, what’s the driving force behind this program?
And what is the driving force behind the latest creationist frenzy over the issue? The explanation is coming:
The hope of discovering life in outer space dangles at the end of the long and costly stick, and its elusive carrot takes the form of life-friendly planets in distant star systems. The Kepler space telescope has helped astronomers verify over 1,700 “exoplanets” out of an ever-growing pool of more than 5,000 candidates. These findings almost certainly help fuel NASA’s plans to launch the Transiting Exoplanet Surveying Satellite in 2017, the James Webb Space Telescope in 2018, and others later on — all looking for distant signs of life.
That’s what has the creationists so worried. A few short years ago, there was no evidence of extra-solar planets. Their number was an unknown variable in the Drake equation. Now we have evidence of thousands of extra-solar planets, and that’s after surveying only a small region of our galaxy, with methods that are rapidly improving. As a result, it seems likely that there are billions of planets out there. The creationists are greatly concerned, but they refuse to give up believing in our unique status as the only life-bearing planet in the universe. Let’s read on:
NASA News wrote, “Future missions will extend the search for oceans in the form of atmospheric water vapor and for life as in carbon dioxide and other atmospheric chemicals, on nearby planets that are similar to Earth in size and mass, a key step in the search for life.”
Aha! Here’s NASA’s article: Finding Life Beyond Earth is Within Reach. It’s the specific cause of the recent creationist agitation. The first paragraph explains their panic:
Many scientists believe we are not alone in the universe. It’s probable, they say, that life could have arisen on at least some of the billions of planets thought to exist in our galaxy alone — just as it did here on planet Earth. This basic question about our place in the Universe is one that may be answered by scientific investigations.
Back to ICR:
Those who hope for life in outer space seem to assume that they need merely to discover the conditions that sustain life, when ironically those very conditions destroy the chemicals of life. Even here on Earth where oceans of water, appropriate atmospheric chemicals, and an Earth size and mass collaborate to permit life, a century of experiments invoking a countless array of factors have [sic] not generated anything close to life.
That’s creationist proof! If we haven’t done it yet, then it’s impossible. Life can’t begin to exist without the miraculous intervention of Oogity Boogity! ICR refers to the NASA article and says:
This exposes the real foundation for belief in exoplanetary life — the assumption that life somehow arose by natural processes here on Earth. By definition, secularists make this assumption into a fact, but science clearly refutes it.
Science refutes it? That wild creationist claim has a footnote. Let’s see … ah, it refers to an ICR article. We’ll ignore it; surely you understand why. Here’s more:
If belief in evolution underpins the search for life in outer space, then does NASA’s search stem more from faith in evolution than from solid science?
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! But ICR’s belief that there’s no life out there isn’t based on faith. It’s solid creation science! Moving along:
At first blush, the chances that certain conditions spawned life from non-life might appear somewhat favorable given billions of years on trillions of planets, but those chances actually approach zero if there are no such conditions.
If there are no such conditions? What are they talking about? Ah, here’s their reasoning:
For example, origin research has so far revealed that the odds of the spontaneous generation of life lie far beneath the odds of the spontaneous generation of aircraft carriers.
Lordy, lordy. That’s a fine example of the research done by ICR. Now we’ve arrived at their final paragraph. We’ll break it into two parts:
Exploring the universe clearly has its benefits, and satisfying our God-given curiosity about this amazing cosmos in which He placed us surely counts as one of them. But as we explore, let us not pretend that the conditions that permit life equal some imaginary conditions that produce life.
Why shouldn’t we proceed on that assumption? ICR’s final sentence explains it for us:
Science and scripture together confirm that life comes not from the laws of physics and chemistry, but from the life-Giver.
Oh. Okay then. NASA should give up. There’s no need to search for knowledge when the creationists already know everything there is to know.
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