The creation scientists at the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) — the fountainhead of young-earth creationist wisdom — are once again posting about the New Horizons mission to Pluto. We wrote about their earlier post on this topic here: ICR: Pluto Mission Will Prove Earth Is Young.
This time their author is Jason Lisle. Regular readers of this humble blog know him best from the time he was at Answers in Genesis (AIG), ol’ Hambo’s online ministry, when we wrote several posts about Jason Lisle’s “Instant Starlight” Paper. He left AIG a couple of years ago to become director of whatever it is that they call research at ICR.
Jason’s essay today is New Horizons at Pluto. We’ll skip the mundane stuff, which you can read if you like, and give you only the creationist material. Here we go, with bold font added by us:
Congratulations to the New Horizons team on their remarkable achievement of sending a spacecraft to Pluto. The mission was a complete success, and we are enjoying high-resolution images of never-before-seen surface features of this distant little world. These pictures dazzle the mind and are already beginning to challenge secular thinking.
Aha — secular thinking is being challenged! Excited? Sure you are. Skipping a few paragraphs of routine information, we’re told:
A delightful discovery is that Pluto has far fewer impact craters than expected. This is a serious challenge to secular thinking because any surface in our solar system that is billions of years old ought to have experienced many, many impacts. Lack of heavy cratering implies that Pluto’s surface is relatively young. No surprise for biblical creationists.
We assume that the numerous other objects in the solar system which do have lots of impact craters are a surprise for creationists. Let’s read on:
There is substantial evidence of recent geologic activity on Pluto, which has obliterated many previous craters.
Uh … doesn’t that explain the “problem” of Pluto’s relative scarcity of craters? Not to a creationist! Jason continues:
This creates an additional problem for secularists. Pluto is far from the sun and small enough that it is difficult to imagine how it could maintain heat for billions of years. Radioactive elements like Uranium generate heat — but they are heavy elements. Because of its estimated lower density, Pluto must be made primarily of lighter elements.
Because it’s difficult for Jason to imagine why Pluto is geologically active, he naturally turns to Oogity Boogity for the answer. It’s the way they do things at ICR. Here’s more:
Charon [Pluto’s largest moon] itself is hard to explain from a secular point of view. It’s half the diameter, and one tenth the mass, of Pluto. A large moon forming so close to Pluto is contrary to secular models.
Another problem, which is yet another opportunity to invoke Oogity Boogity! This is great creation science! Here’s how Jason ends his exciting essay:
We eagerly await more discoveries from Pluto as the data continue to arrive, and we expect to see yet more examples of the Lord’s creativity.
As long as creationists focus only on Pluto, they’ll have something to talk about — until real scientists explain the anomalies. Then they’ll have to go back to talking about Noah’s Ark.
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