The creationist’s quest for knowledge begins and ends with one book, compiled over a period of a thousand years, and completed around 2,000 years ago. A good example of that can be seen today at the website of the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) — the fountainhead of young-earth creationist wisdom.
Their latest post is China Spends Millions Searching for Aliens . It was written by Brian Thomas. He’s usually described at the end of his articles as “Science Writer at the Institute for Creation Research.” This is ICR’s biographical information on him. Here are some excerpts from his brilliant article, with bold font added by us:
How much money should a nation spend on space-alien ventures? China is shelling out almost 200 million dollars on an enormous radio antenna built to listen for signs of far out intelligence. In the western hemisphere, the US invested millions of dollars in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Institute (SETI) project but turned up no evidence whatsoever. The ever-growing number of barren and gaseous exoplanets discovered continues to elevate Earth’s uniqueness.
Creationists desperately hope we give up searching the stars for life. It’s bad enough that we’ve already found thousands of stars with planetary systems. Creationists used to claim that our Sun was unique in having planets. In ICR: The Golden Age of Creation Science, we quoted from an old article by ICR’s founder, Henry M. Morris (1918 – 2006), titled The Stars of Heaven, wherein he said what creationists always used to say:
Thus the earth is unique in the solar system and, for all we know, the solar system is unique in the universe. So far as we can observe, there are not even any planets anywhere else, let alone a planet equipped to sustain biological life. … Amazing though it may seem to evolutionary naturalists, the evidence favors the conclusion that man is unique in the universe and, furthermore, that he is the apex, not of the evolutionary process, but of God’s creative purposes!
Those were the good old days! Now, those blasphemous, hell-bound scientists are discovering a vast number of stars with planets, hundreds so far that are in their star’s Goldilocks zone. Sooner or later, life will be found out there. After that — who knows? — perhaps intelligent life. It’s a creationists nightmare! That’s why ICR is opposed to SETI research. Back to the Brian Thomas article:
Apparently, China would love to be the first nation to make “first contact.” China recently made news for displacing over 9,000 villagers from areas surrounding their new alien-hunting antenna dish. The project called “Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope,” or FAST, will have an array of tilting and tunable triangular plates along the world’s largest parabolic dish of its kind. The device should dramatically increase the sensitivity of faint radio signal detection. “And, of course, it will advance the search for extraterrestrial signs of life.” according to CNN.
Wikipedia has a brief article on the Five hundred meter Aperture Spherical Telescope, so we won’t bother any more with the description provided by Brian. Then he asks:
What underlying beliefs does this venture reveal?
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! We want to know what’s out there! A more relevant question is: What underlying beliefs could possibly cause someone to oppose such a venture? Okay, let’s read on:
The factual record looks quite bleak for alien-seekers. Its pages are blank. Radio telescope arrays captured zero hints of intelligent code after 60 years of diligent searching.
Scientists are fools! Especially when their record is contrasted with the incredible accomplishments of creation scientists. Brian continues:
Plus, the physics of interstellar travel are extraordinarily prohibitive. If a snowflake-sized speck touched a ship travelling at only 1/3 the speed of light, the collision would equal almost four tons of TNT. On what basis do we scour the skies for life?
Egad — it’s horrible out there! We should shut down all space programs immediately! Here’s more:
Investigating the unknown is part of what makes us human — an expression of God’s image that can even peek through fallen mankind. Curiosity and diligence that improve lives justify sensible investments. But China’s new and expensive FAST project, scheduled for completion in September 2016, appears to confirm what author Gary Bates [a creationist] wrote over a decade ago: “One may well ask then, ‘How is it that so many are willing to spend so much on so little?’ The answer — a belief in evolution!”
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! SETI is Darwin’s fault! And now, the article’s thrilling conclusion:
Ironically, while the secular world vainly scours the skies for superintelligence, a real Superintelligence who came to Earth from beyond the stars awaits our contact with Him through His life-giving truths found in the Bible. This Book also happens to teach that Earth was uniquely fitted for life, God (not evolution) created man, and stars are real and worth our attention — all in exact accord with real, observable science.
Imagine a world where creationists are running the show. Actually, we don’t need to imagine it. There was such a world. We call it the Dark Ages.
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