We recently posted SETI Will Eventually Destroy Creationism. Our thinking was that when SETI (the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence) eventually finds life elsewhere, it will utterly devastate the creationists, because their creation tale is essentially a one-planet view of the universe. Well, one planet with life on it.
The usual suspects have previously declared their positions on this. The granddaddy of all creationist outfits — the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) is flat-out on the side of “life-on-Earth-only” and we wrote about that here: ICR Flat-Out Predicts: “No Alien Life Exists”.
It’s a little bit different with Answers in Genesis (AIG), one of the major sources of young-earth creationist wisdom. AIG is the online creationist ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia.
Ol’ Hambo is definitely against the idea of intelligent aliens. He declares that even if they exist (which he doubts) they can’t go to heaven. See Ken Ham v. Vatican Astronomer & Aliens. But on the subject of alien life in general, he has a slightly more slippery position.
In AIG Accepts Possibility of Alien Life we discussed AIG’s opinion that:
The Bible does not say that God didn’t create life elsewhere, but the Bible does tell us God created all life on Earth during the first six days of Creation week about 6,000 years ago. God spent that week preparing a place for Adam and Eve, and He created them in His image.
They’ve carved out a little bit of wiggle room there, but it’s pretty clear that in AIG’s universe, the only life that matters is here on Earth. They also said:
And yet, even if life were to be indisputably found on another world, its existence would not prove molecules-to-man evolution ever occurred. Such life would simply be another demonstration of God’s creative power to create life where He chooses.
Despite leaving the door open a crack, they also say that they doubt “the existence of sentient life elsewhere.” Okay, now what?
Well, we recently read at PhysOrg that National Geographic looking to respond to “alien” Wow! signal from 1977. It’s a bit of silly news about the Wow! signal. They say that:
[T]he National Geographic Channel is sponsoring a Twitter messaging event that will result in Tweets from people from all walks of life having their messages combined into one giant Tweet back to those who may have sent us the Wow! message … .
We told you it was silly. But it triggered a post by ol’ Hambo which appears on his personal blog at AIG. It’s titled Wow! Hambo discusses a Fox news account of the original 1977 Wow! signal and the proposed Tweets in response, and then he says, with bold font added by us:
Now look at the scan of the original computer printout from 1977 showing the supposed evidence of aliens in outer space:
He includes a tiny pic of the computer printout in his post. Then he assumes he’s qualified to interpret it, and he tells us:
Wow! Certain people look at these few numbers and letters, and they see it as evidence of an alien intelligence. However, those same people would look at the most complicated information system and language system on earth — the DNA molecules — and they immediately think of how it arose by chance!
Hambo is certainly qualified to opine on such matters. After all, he’s read Genesis, so he knows everything there is to know. Let’s read on:
These people look at a few letters and numbers and think of an alien intelligence, yet they look at the Bible with its detailed record of origins and scoff at any suggestion of an intelligence behind the Bible!
Foolish people! Hambo continues:
These people would rather believe in unseen aliens because of a few letters and numbers, but they refuse to believe in a Creator God when it is obvious from what is observed in life and the universe that there is a Creator. They would rather believe in aliens and scoff at a Creator God when the laws of logic, laws of nature, and uniformity of nature cry out there is a God!
Then he quotes some scripture, and that’s the end of his post. So what’s AIG’s position on all of this? Who knows, but if Hambo were consistent, he’d believe in his bible and the Wow! signal too. Hey, Hambo: If it looks like the product of intelligence, then it must be so. Right?
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