Each time we find a new article about “creation science” we say: “This is a really strange one,” but we’ve come to realize that they’re all strange. Still, this one is especially so.
We found it at the website of the granddaddy of all creationist outfits, the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) — the fountainhead of young-earth creationist wisdom. It’s titled: Water Near Edge of Universe Bolsters Creation Cosmology. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us. It begins with this:
A tremendous cloud of water vapor envelops a quasar in distant space, according to new reports.
That’s true. Here’s a recent article discussing it: Caltech-Led Astronomers Discover the Largest and Most Distant Reservoir of Water Yet. We read about it but we didn’t think it was relevant to this blog’s usual subject matter. But then, we don’t think like a creationist. Let’s read on to see what the creation scientists at ICR have to tell us:
Where did the water come from? A straightforward understanding of the biblical account of creation provides a possible answer and suggests that this may be the first of more such discoveries.
Genesis 1:6 says that on Day Two of the creation week, “God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.” Thus, according to the testimony of the only One who was there at the time, a great gulf or “firmament” divided one body of water from another. Genesis 1:8 states that “God called the firmament Heaven.”
Aaaargh!! But wait — it gets better:
Space.com reported, “Scientists think water vapor was present even in the early universe. So finding this old cloud of the stuff doesn’t come as a shock.”
Here’s the article they’re quoting from: Astronomers Find Largest, Oldest Mass of Water in Universe. The Caltech article says much the same thing. We continue with ICR’s creationist analysis:
But many creation scientists would not be at all surprised to find water that far out — and even farther — on the basis of a straightforward examination of what the Bible suggests is the structure of the universe.
Aaaargh!! Here’s more from ICR, and this is where the fun really starts:
In fact, the Pioneer anomaly, an unexplained slowing of the Pioneer 10 and Pioneer 11 spacecraft on their way out of the solar system, is already well-explained by the overwhelming mass of a proposed sphere of water above the heavens.
Aaaargh!! The Pioneer anomaly is a very small deviation from the predicted acceleration of the Pioneer 10 and Pioneer 11 spacecraft after they passed about 20 astronomical units on their way out of the Solar System (one AU is the radius of the Earth’s orbit). Hey, 20 AUs is the average distance of Uranus from the sun! Uranus — O happy day! — we get to blog about Uranus!
Some of the best minds in the world have puzzled over the Pioneer anomaly. Some have even proposed exotic re-definitions of the law of gravity. But no one suspected the celestial water canopy described in Genesis. Creationists had the explanation all along!
Well, not so fast. Let’s think about this. The water detected around the quasar (but not the Pioneer probes) is about 12 billion lightyears away from us. The creation scientists at ICR think that water seen 12 billion lightyears away is somehow related to whatever is slowing down the Pioneer probes. Well, why not? The quasar and the Pioneer probes are far away, and there’s water out there. Makes sense, right?
But how does 12 billion lightyears — the distance to that quasar — compare to 20 AUs? We need to be using the same units. How many lightyears are there in 20 AUs — the distance from the sun to Uranus? There are about 63,240 AUs in only one lightyear, so figure it out and then judge the ICR hypothesis for yourself. Another way to think of it is that light travels one AU (the distance from earth to the sun) in a tad more than 8 minutes. The light from that quasar took 12 billion years to get here.
By the way, the Pioneer anomaly may well be resolved: NASA Releases New Pioneer Anomaly Analysis. Amazingly, Genesis isn’t part of the solution.
Anyway, let’s give the ICR creation scientists credit for their efforts. You gotta hand it to them — they’re always trying their best, but somehow they never seem to score. Why is that?
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