This news is about three weeks old, but we didn’t bother with it until we noticed a creationist reaction. The website PhysOrg reported: Water hidden in the Moon may have proto-Earth origin. It says:
Water found in ancient Moon rocks might have actually originated from the proto-Earth and even survived the Moon-forming event. Latest research into the amount of water within lunar rocks returned during the Apollo missions is being presented by Jessica Barnes at the European Planetary Science Congress in London on Monday 9th September.
The Moon, including its interior, is believed to be much wetter than was envisaged during the Apollo era.
“The water locked into the mineral apatite in the Moon rocks studied has an isotopic signature very similar to that of the Earth and some carbonaceous chondrite meteorites,” says Barnes. “The remarkable consistency between the hydrogen composition of lunar samples and water-reservoirs of the Earth strongly suggests that there is a common origin for water in the Earth-Moon system.”
Interesting, but not the kind of thing we usually blog about. However, then we found the creation science version at the website of the Institute for Creation Research (ICR). They’re described in the Cast of Characters section of our Intro page.
ICR’s article is Water in Rocks May Support Moon’s Bible Origins. We’ll skip their description of what the scientists found, and take you right to ICR’s interpretation. The bold font was added by us:
The sophisticated structure and function of the moon leave no doubt as to its origin by special creation. It is beyond the ability of random, natural forces to have positioned the moon at just the right distance from Earth to, for example, generate tides tall enough to cycle vital nutrients to oxygen-providing microbes but not so tall that they destroy the coasts. Similarly, the moon’s circular orbit steadies the tides.
No doubt at all. (Venus, however, is another story. The creator must have been having a bad day when he made that one.) Let’s read on:
And now, finding that water was present during the moon’s formation not only weakens secular theories of a molten moon, but also confirms the Bible’s suggestion of a cold and wet lunar origin.
How do you feel now, college boy? Your godless professors’ brains have been blown away — Bada-bing! — all over your nice Ivy League suit. ICR continues:
According to Genesis, God spoke the moon into existence on Day Four of creation, calling it the “lesser light.” Making the moon did not require magma. Also according to Genesis, the first substance that God created even before making the luminaries was water itself. Genesis states, “The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.”
Now that’s the way to explain things. And get this — the discovery of the Moon’s water was predicted in the bible! You don’t believe it? ICR has the data:
In the New Testament, Peter predicted the presentation of these finds when he wrote of scoffers’ treatment of biblical origins: “For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water.”
We’re a bit confused on one point — we can’t figure out why ICR never previously mentioned their prediction that water would be found on the Moon. We won’t worry about it; they probably had good reasons for keeping that water a secret. Here’s the rest of their article:
Taken together, these passages suggest that the Earth, at least, began with a watery origin. And it is possible that Peter’s watery origins reference also applies to other heavenly bodies, including solar planets and moons.
Ya gotta admit, dear reader — those creation boys are way ahead of you. They always have been, and always will be. Isn’t it time you joined them?
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