This “Earth Only” view — we’ll artificially dignify it with Latin — Sola Terra — is now seen to be the dogma of 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).
The Discoveroid doctrinal proclamation comes from David Klinghoffer, upon whom the Discoveroids have bestowed the exalted title of “senior fellow” (i.e., flaming, full-blown creationist). We’re certain that you know who Klinghoffer is, but if not, we last described him here. Our most recent post about his work was Klinghoffer v. Stephen Hawking, which showed him at his creationist best.
Klinghoffer’s new article is titled Water on Mars: Materialism’s Shroud of Turin. That’s an odd title. Is it merely a coincidence that one of our posts in June was titled Discovery Institute: The Shroud of Seattle? Yeah, it’s probably a coincidence.
Klinghoffer’s article is the Discoveroid reaction to the news that a NASA probe may have discovered surface water on Mars. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
Materialism and Darwinism in their dual aspect as quasi-religious faith include a Genesis story, a scientific priesthood, the equivalents of sainthood and demonology, evangelism, catechism and excommunication, an Index Librorum Prohibitorum, and so on. The news in today’s Science [Is Mars Weeping Salty Tears?] about water on Mars and with that the consequent possibility of Martian microbial life — how many times have we heard this before? — offers what might be the materialist’s Shroud of Turin.
Quite a beginning! Don’t go away, it gets better:
The question of life on Mars requires extremely generous assumptions about the origin as well as the subsequent evolution of life. Materialists assume that if you’ve got some water, life will result. So if there is life on Mars, it would make all the difference. As the Shroud holds out the tantalizing possibility of verification to some Christian believers, Darwinists and other materialists find in imaginary alien microbes a confirmation of their faith that life springs up unbidden and unguided given only the right raw ingredients.
We’ve never heard anyone say that “Water means their must be life.” But where there’s water, there could be life. Well, Klinghoffer doesn’t think so. In his mind, it can’t be so, because life on other worlds would mean the Discoveroids’ magical Designer — blessed be he! — doesn’t restrict his miraculous activities to Earth. And as all creationists know, human life on Earth is the centerpiece of all creation. You know — Sola Terra. Let’s read on:
Actually, there’s better scientific evidence that the Shroud of Turn is the burial cloth of Jesus Christ than that life exists or has existed on Mars. After all, there is at least debatable evidence for the former but not as yet one single iota for the latter.
Okay, that’s their position; but we can flip that around. We do have evidence that life emerged on Earth (we’re here), and this planet doesn’t seem to be unique in the universe. But there’s no evidence that a resurrection can transfer an image onto a burial shroud. Nevertheless, Klinghoffer thinks the Shroud is more likely than life on Mars. Here’s the end of his rant:
There is only wishful speculation and calls for further investigation. Further investigation of nothing. Longing, pining, aching and thirsting for verification of your faith are not, Darwinists and other materialists often need to be reminded, a species of scientific evidence.
Observe, dear reader, that despite his suffering what seems to be the final throes of end-stage creationism, from which there can be no recovery, Klinghoffer has somehow retained enough animal cunning to avoid making an outright, absolute prediction that there’s no life on Mars. No matter, his scoffing and derision are sufficient to make the Discoveroid position quite clear.
Klinghoffer has inspired us, so here’s your Curmudgeon’s prediction: If life is found on Mars, it should be the shroud of the Discoveroids, but they’ll never quit until their funding dries up. And if no life is found on Mars, what then? Actually, it won’t have any consequences for Darwin’s theory of evolution, but the creationists will claim otherwise.
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