We recently wrote Creationists & Life on Other Worlds, in which we described the latest view of a few major creationist organizations (described in the Cast of Characters section of our Intro page) concerning the likelihood of life on other worlds. The reason we wrote that was because both AIG and the Discoveroids were reacting to recent findings by the Martian rover suggesting that water once flowed beneath Martian surface.
Answers in Genesis (AIG) was saying that alien life is possible, but it won’t be intelligent, and its existence won’t explain life’s origins. The Discovery Institute feels that it’s not possible at all, because Earth is a privileged planet. We also mentioned that the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) had previously declared that there was no life elsewhere because it would contradict the bible and prove the evolutionists correct.
But now — we know this is difficult to grasp — ICR is changing its position. We don’t see how they can do that, because their creation science comes to them from scripture (which never changes), but they’re nevertheless wiggling around on this subject. Their new article is Strong Evidence for Life on Mars? First they briefly mention what the Martian rover found and the speculation that has generated. Then they give their — ahem! — evolving position. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
Creation scientists do not expect intelligent extraterrestrial life to exist in the universe, and they generally think it is barely possible that “simple” extraterrestrial life exists.
That’s a big change from what they were saying a year ago — (see ICR Flat-Out Predicts: “No Alien Life Exists”. We’re shocked — shocked! Their article continues:
Evolutionary scientists, on the other hand, tend to ignore the enormous difficulties with secular origin-of-life stories and reason that if life evolved here, then it likely evolved elsewhere in the universe as well. So, they reason a discovery of extraterrestrial life would somehow validate evolution, despite its apparent improbability.
Ignoring ICR’s claim that there are “enormous difficulties” with the origin of life and that finding life elsewhere would only “somehow” validate evolution, we can state the matter more simply. At the moment, Earth is the only planet orbiting within its star’s habitable zone where we are certain there is liquid water and on which life exists. However, present indications are that that there could be Maybe Billions of Habitable Planets. If life exists here, then there is no reason to believe that it can’t exist elsewhere. Let’s read on from ICR’s surprising article:
But even if there was water on Mars’ surface once, it does nothing to assist evolutionary speculation about life’s origin. Although water is necessary for life, water cannot produce life. In fact, the presence of water is problematic for secular origin-of-life stories, since it tends to break apart the complex biomolecules necessary for life through spontaneous chemical reactions known as hydrolysis.
Hydrolysis? Egad — water is so unstable that it’s actually harmful to the emergence of life! We continue:
Moreover, even if microbial life were found on Mars, the same insurmountable difficulties that plague secular stories about life’s origin on earth would also plague stories about life’s origin on Mars. Far from making the evolutionary story more believable, the discovery of microbial life on Mars would require two wildly improbable series of fortuitous coincidences — one on Earth and another one on Mars!
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! We’d have two miracles to explain! The theory of evolution could never survive such a blow. Here’s more:
In summary, this “strongest argument” for life on Mars is very weak — like claiming that the discovery of aluminum ore on Mars is evidence that ancient Martians built space shuttles.
We’ve seen worse analogies. But we can’t remember when. Moving along:
Scientists have not found life on Mars. And although they think they have found evidence of past surface water, they can only speculate about present subsurface water. But water cannot produce life.
Got that? Water can’t produce life. Here’s now their article ends:
Even if microbial life were eventually found on Mars, its existence would still require a miracle.
So where does that leave us? ICR is reluctantly willing to accept that some kind of life might be found on Mars — or maybe elsewhere — but they still think it would be impossible, just as it is on Earth. Then they’d be confronted with multiple impossibilities. The only logical explanation is Oogity Boogity!
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