Rev. David Rives — Other Earth-Like Planets?

You know how these things start. Everything is quiet around here, and then the Drool-o-tron™ jolts us with its sirens and flashing lights. The blinking letters of its wall display said WorldNetDaily (WND). The Drool-o-tron™ had found the latest video by the brilliant and articulate leader of David Rives Ministries.

Our computer was locked onto this article at WND: What do we really know about Earth-like planets? Extra-solar planets? That’s a popular subject around here — not only because it’s fascinating, but also because the very idea that there are millions of habitable planets, some of which may even have intelligent beings, infuriates creationists, who insist that our planet is unique in all the universe.

The actual title of the rev’s video is Billions of Earths in the Galaxy. The rev tells his drooling fans that the closest Earth-like planet is around 13 light years away. Then he calls on what he has named the Rives Theory of Relativity to handle the difficult computation, and he announces that our fastest present-day ships travel at 40,000 miles per hour, so it would take 200,000 years to get there.

Is that right? There are 5.88 trillion miles in a light year (that’s 5.88 x 1012 miles) so 13 light years is about 76 trillion miles. At 40,000 miles per hour (times 24 hours in a day, times 365 days in a year) you’d be traveling at around 350 million miles per year. So yeah, 200,000 years is close enough.

The rev also says what everyone already knows — our instruments don’t yet tell us if other “Earths” have our kind of atmosphere or the other factors that make our planet habitable. So what’s his point? He doesn’t seem to have one. Maybe he’s just hinting at the futility of science.

The rev is wearing one of his bible-boy suits — with a necktie. He’s the cutest rev you’ve ever seen! The video is his usual 90-second presentation — before the commercial. Go ahead, click over to WND and watch it.

As we always do with the rev’s videos, we dedicate the comments section for your use as an Intellectual Free Fire Zone. You know the rules. Okay, the comments are open. Go for it!

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6 responses to “Rev. David Rives — Other Earth-Like Planets?

  1. Yes, but only 26 years round trip via cell phone calls over the airways, oops, I meant radio spaceways, excuse me.

  2. What does it even matter that “our fastest present-day ships travel at 40,000 miles per hour, so it would take 200,000 years to get [to the nearest Earth-like panet beyond our solar system]”? It’s not as though we were planning to actually go there any time soon.

    What does matter is whether these planets are really Earth-like, with oxygen-rich atmospheres and lots of liquid water. If a planet has liquid water, it has one of the essential requirements for “life as we know it.” And if it has an oxygen-rich atmosphere, it just about has to have life, since without some system in place to extract that element from combination with other elements oxygen, a highly reactive gas, would disappear from the atmosphere–and the only natural systems we know of which are capable of freeing oxygen in this way on a large scale are plants. And if something like plants exists, almost certainly there will be something like animals.

    And we can detect oxygen atmospheres around extrasolar planets from right here on Earth, or at least from instruments in Earth orbit. We don’t have to wait hundreds of thousands, or millions, of years for a rocket to make the trip to those planets.

  3. Oh, the Good Rev (alas predictably and unoriginally) makes his point total clear at the end. “Earth like planets are nothing like Earth, so truly the Heavens declare the Glory of God and we are special.”

  4. If the Heavens “truly declared the Glory of God,” wouldn’t the Heavens be teeming with life? I mean, isn’t life supposed to be God’s highest achievement? Just look at all that space out there! Would God let it all go to waste? No! After all, He’s the ultimate multitasker — He can design, build and micromanage quadrillions of ecosystems out there down to the subatomic level, and still have time to amuse Himself with Floods, plagues, droughts, famines, volcanic explosions, earthquakes and planetquakes, not to mention the inevitable cosmic collisions and supernovae explosions.

    I’m in total amazement that these creationist types haven’t figured this out.

  5. @retiredsciguy
    Yes, if the heavens declare anything, then they must be alive. And intelligent. More intelligent than Fido, who can tell us that he likes to take walks, but I wouldn’t say that he was up to delaring something as deep as the Glory of God.

  6. Rsg and TomS don’t get it: the Heavens are full of life, even if only God lived there – God is already full enough!
    But for you to get there you first have to swear off Evilutionism!