FOR your weekend contemplation, we bring you something interesting from Answers in Genesis (AIG), one of the major sources of creationist wisdom. Every now and then they surprise us.
For example, they have long had this posted at their website: Arguments that should never be used. There, AIG lists a few of the absolute worst, and most easily debunked creationist arguments. There’s also this: Darwin’s Deathbed Recantation: It’s Dead!. Those hoary claims nevertheless widely circulate at other creationist websites, and we encounter them all the time. We must applaud AIG for at least making an attempt to clear out some of the most idiotic clutter.
Well, today they’ve done it again. They have this new article at their website: Far Out Claims About Astronomy. Here are some excerpts, with bold added by us, except for subtitles:
Of all people, Christians should uphold the highest standards of excellence in their science, questioning all quirky claims and avoiding hasty conclusions, such as the examples described in this article.
Ordinarily, considering the source, that would be just too ironic. But it’s an appropriate introduction to this one article. Let’s read on:
Moon Landing Conspiracy: Some people deny that the U.S. Apollo moon landings ever occurred. Instead, they consider the landings part of a grand conspiracy to deceive the Soviets during the space race of the 1960s. This bizarre claim quotes a few details out of context, while hiding mounds of contrary evidence. Its supporters are guilty of the confusion and deception that they ascribe to others.
The same could be said of creationism in general, but at least AIG is correct on this one point. We continue:
NASA’s Discovery of the Missing Day: It is an urban legend that NASA computers verified the “long days” recorded in Joshua 10:13 and 2 Kings 20:11. According to this popular story, scientists noticed that today’s positions of the sun and moon were not quite where they belonged, but they can be corrected by making allowance for the biblical events.
This story was never reasonable. Modern astronomers cannot know the exact positions of the sun and moon prior to these biblical events. So it is impossible for computers to calculate changes from such unknown positions.
It’s amazing that the “missing day” legend still makes the rounds. Even NASA has refuted it.
We’ll let you click over to AIG so you can read what they say about “Too Little Moon Dust” and “The Shrinking Sun.” Here’s one more:
Decay of the Speed of Light: If the speed of light was faster in the past, this might help explain how we could see distant stars in a young universe. Three centuries of data are available, however, and light speed appears to be constant at about 186,000 miles/second (299,300 km/sec). We can speculate about a large-scale change of light speed in the past, but evidence is lacking. In addition, any alteration of light speed would affect several other constants of nature, but evidence of these changes is also lacking.
We have more evidence than that. See How Old Is The Creationists’ Universe?
Here’s the conclusion to AIG’s article:
Guided by the truth of the Bible, Christians should be careful to investigate every claim before jumping to conclusions. As the Apostle Paul said, God’s people should always strive to “approve things that are excellent” (Philippians 1:10).
So once again, AIG is striking at least a few of the most useless claims from their creationist inventory. Now if only they’d get to work on the rest of them.
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