You’ve all heard at least some of the Moon landing conspiracy theories that have been floating around for decades. How would you react if you encountered one of those Moon landing denial people? There’s always the Buzz Aldrin rebuttal, which we greatly admire, but it wouldn’t be appropriate to endorse his method.
To our great surprise, the creation scientists at Answers in Genesis (AIG) — the creationist ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — appear not to be Moon landing deniers. They just posted Did We Really Land on the Moon?, in which they not only say that we did land on the Moon, but they explain how to rebut the deniers.
It was written by Danny Faulkner. Here’s AIG’s biographical information about him. They say he taught physics and astronomy until he joined AIG. His undergraduate degree is from Bob Jones University — an impressive credential indeed. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
Many people remember watching on TV the remarkable events of July 20, 1969, when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon. Or did they? Not according to those who believe in the moon landing conspiracy. According to this theory, men never walked on the moon — NASA faked the Apollo moon landings.
Before we proceed, try to imagine your Curmudgeon’s experience reading this AIG article. From the title through that opening paragraph, we assumed that AIG thinks the Moon landings were a hoax. Why wouldn’t we make that assumption? They deny the theory of evolution, the age of the Earth, and almost everything else learned by science that contradicts the bible — so why wouldn’t people like that deny that we’ve been to the Moon? Well, the bible doesn’t say we can’t go to the Moon, but it certainly doesn’t suggest that such a thing is possible. Besides, the Earth was made for us — not the Moon. [Addendum: There’s also the fate of those who tried to build the Tower of Babel to reach to the heavens.]
But AIG surprised us. Danny says:
Over the years, a number of books about the supposed hoax of the Apollo moon landings have proliferated. The climax of these activities may have been the 2001 broadcast of the Fox television network documentary, Conspiracy Theory: Did We Land on the Moon? These books and this documentary film present all sorts of evidence in support of the conspiracy theory. Many of these are easy to refute.
It’s the same with creationist websites. Let’s read on:
There have been numerous attempts to debunk these sorts of arguments, albeit with little success, because the moon landing conspiracy theory continues to gain followers.
AIG doesn’t see the parallel to their own situation, and that’s what makes this so entertaining. Danny continues:
But conspiracies seem to have an odd attraction for many people, for many other conspiracy theories abound. People appear naturally to be attracted to conspiracies. Conspiracies certainly are far more interesting than the possibility that things are as they seem.
The analogy with creationists’ belief in a Darwinist conspiracy is obvious, but Danny seems oblivious. This is splendid irony! Here’s more:
The Apollo moon landing theory has gained some traction among Christians too. Since so many scientists are wrong about the origin and age of the world, it may be that many Christians assume that the same scientists are wrong about landing on the moon too. Sometimes it seems that scientists want to stamp out any dissent on certain issues, such as evolution. This heavy-handed approach can look a bit conspiratorial, so Christians may be justified in being at least a bit skeptical about many things.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! The scientists are lying about evolution, so why not the Moon landings too? And why doesn’t AIG join the Moon landing deniers? Get ready, because Danny has an explanation:
It is tempting to give a detailed rebuttal of many of the claims made by those who support the idea that the Apollo moon landings were a hoax. However, that has been done many times already.
As with creationism. Come on, Danny — why do you think Moon landing denial is different? Here it comes:
There is a much more straightforward approach. Two of the twelve men who walked on the moon later were born again Christians, Charlie Duke, and the late Jim Irwin. Both of these dedicated Christians wrote books in which they shared their testimonies and their experiences as astronauts. To doubt the Apollo moon landings amounts to accusing two Christian brothers of lying about the biggest thing that ever happened to them, of course apart from their salvation.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! There are numerous Christians who have no problem with evolution — see the National Center for Science Education’s list of Statements from Religious Organizations supporting evolution — but Danny ignores them. And now we come to the end:
The biblical standard for establishing such a matter is two or three witnesses [scripture references]. These two Christian astronauts certainly suffice as reliable witnesses, so we can be assured that the Apollo astronauts indeed walked on the moon.
There you have it, dear reader. That’s your proof. Verily, no one can deny that we went to the Moon.
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