Ken Ham Adopts the Privileged Planet Doctrine

It should not be surprising that various creationist outfits copy their arguments from each other. They’re all appealing to the same drooling audience. We can see this today in a new post by Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia.

Hambo’s title is Earth: Just Right for Life, posted his very own blog at the website of his creationist ministry, Answers in Genesis (AIG). Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:

Evolutionists are desperate to show that earth is just one of thousands of earth-like planets that could potentially support life. After all, if life just happened to evolve here, then it must have happened in many other places by natural processes. In their view, we can’t be unique or special because we’re just a cosmic accident.

But if Earth is unique, why does that make us desperate? Hambo explains:

If our planet is the only planet supporting life, then the idea of evolution is called into question.

Actually, it’s the creationists who are desperately hoping that we don’t discover life elsewhere — because if we did, that would clearly contradict their belief that this world is a unique creation. Let’s read on:

Well, despite years of research, scientists still haven’t found any evidence of life on other planets. And they’ve found very few earth-like planets that they claim have even a slight chance of hosting life. The more they study earth and our solar system, the more they realize that earth is uniquely suited for life. We don’t live on a random chunk of rock — we live on a privileged planet with just the right characteristics for life to survive and thrive.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Hambo has embraced the Discovery Institute’s doctrine — and their terminology — that we live on The Privileged Planet. He continues:

But because of the sin nature of humans, most would rather consider any possibility, except that an infinite Creator God who brought the universe and life into existence. Of course, when people accept that God created them, then He owns them and has the right to determine what is good and bad — to determine that we’re sinners in need of salvation and that marriage is for one man and one woman!

Yes, dear reader, it’s because of your “sin nature” that you deny The Truth and engage in blasphemous marriages. Here’s more:

Some of the conditions that make earth perfectly suited to host life are its distance from the sun (in the so-called “Goldilocks Zone” — not too far away and not too close), abundant liquid water, a breathable atmosphere, [etc.]. And these are just a few of the necessary conditions for life to continue.

Uh huh. Moving along:

And of course, the information and code system for life could never arise by natural processes anyway — there is no law of nature that would support such a phenomenon. In fact, the law of Biogenesis totally contradicts the belief that life could arise by natural processes.

Observe that Hambo is using Discoveroid terminology in referring to our DNA as a “code.” And he tosses in the totally fictional “law” of biogenesis, which we debunk in Common Creationist Claims Confuted. Pasteur’s work had nothing to do with Darwin’s theory of evolution or with the ultimate origin of living things. Another excerpt from Hambo:

Well, a new study suggests that earth’s magnetic field is also vital to keeping us from getting fried by our sun.

[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] A new study that proves creationism! Hey — why wasn’t the Sun created so that it would be less dangerous? Then the Earth’s magnetic field wouldn’t be necessary. Hambo doesn’t bother with that. On with the article:

Stars that are similar to our sun sometimes have violent solar flares that would destroy any life that happened to be nearby. This makes it even more improbable that even earth-life planets with sun-like stars can host life. Now, evolutionists assume our sun was like this billions of years ago and that earth’s proto-magnetic field shielded earth from being destroyed. Of course, starting with God’s Word we know that our sun is not billions of years old and that earth’s magnetic field did not evolve.

Hambo is so smart! And now we come to the end:

God created earth with all of the right conditions for life to survive and thrive as He filled the land and seas with all kinds of organisms. Our wonderfully designed magnetic field protects us from much of the harm the sun could do to us. It’s just another example of the care and wisdom God put into creating life and the universe.

Are you still in denial, dear reader? Okay, it’s your decision; but when Hambo is dwelling in glory on a fluffy cloud, he’ll be laughing as you writhe in eternal agony in the Lake of Fire.

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27 responses to “Ken Ham Adopts the Privileged Planet Doctrine

  1. Ah, man’s “sinful nature” is a source of all of our ills? But who created “sin” in the first place? Uh, huh. So God then goes and sacrifices himself to himself to save us from himself. Sounds pretty narcissistic to me.

  2. Curmudgeon writes: “It should not be surprising that various creationist outfits copy their arguments from each other. They’re all appealing to the same drooling audience.”

    Indeed. Denyse O’Sneery wrote here: “That is metaphysical naturalism, whose creation story is Darwinism. Teaching that amounts to using publicly funded schools to teach religion. “

    Sounds exactly like Ham’s “Evolution is a religion.”

    Oh, but the Discovery Institute is a place of science! They would never channel Ham–a creationist!

  3. robnorman2015

    In the news only last week! An earth sized planet forming in a proto-planetary disk, and forming BY NATURALISTIC PROCESSES. before our eyes. Impossible, surely.

    http://astronomy.com/news/2016/03/a-planet-is-forming-in-an-earth-like-orbit-around-a-young-star

  4. I’m surprised that the cretinists haven’t attempted to use C.M.E as leverage for support of the venerable “The End is Nigh” threat. The privileged planet would have to extend to the entire universe if one was to consider our fortunate distance from massive gamma burst sources. Strange that the goat herders forgot to mention the existence of such things or the eventual supernova our sun will privilege us with.

  5. “when Hambo is dwelling in glory on a fluffy cloud”
    How is sitting next to him on that cloud any better than that Lake of FIre?

  6. waldteufel

    mnbo asks: “How is sitting next to him on that cloud any better than that Lake of FIre?”

    To which I reply: it ain’t. Gimme the Lake of Fire any day. That’s where all the knowledgable and witty folks are! Better to be there with a broken neck than sitting on a cloud anywhere within listening distance of Hambo playin’ on a harp with a broken string.

  7. michaelfugate

    I would bet even God (were it to exist) is bored with eternity – won’t it ever end!

  8. RetiredSciGuy

    One thing Ken Ham doesn’t attempt to answer or even contemplate is why God would create such a vast universe with hundreds of billions of galaxies, each with hundreds of billions of stars, if all He really needed to make was a “unique” earth for us to live on, a large moon to keep our axis stable, some large nearby planets to stabilize our orbit, and a sun as a source of energy. (Oh — and throw in a few stars out there to use as “signs.”)

    And of course we haven’t yet discovered many planets — we have just recently developed the technology to detect planets outside of our solar system. So, Ken, don’t start using the word “unique” to describe the earth until we have, oh, say, maybe 100,000 known planets to compare ourselves to. And even then, we still won’t know if we are unique. There are probably something like 100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 planets in the universe.

    Not to mention the fact that life doesn’t necessarily have to have earth-like conditions in order to exist.

  9. waldteufel

    July of 2015, NASA released the Seventh Kepler Candidate Catalog, bringing the total number of confirmed exoplanets (planets outside our solar system) to 1030 and the number of exoplanet candidates to 4,696. That, of course was almost a year ago.

    Hambo needs to learn how to keep up.

  10. @RTG
    life doesn’t necessarily have to have earth-like conditions in order to exist
    According to the creationists, earth-like conditions are not sufficient. The creationists tell us that life on Earth is impossible without divine intervention.
    And if divine intervention is a factor, then obviously earth-like conditions are not necessary. God could design life just as well on any planet, or anyplace else that serves his unfathomable purposes, by his omnipotence.

  11. waldteufel says: “Hambo needs to learn how to keep up.”

    He doesn’t want to keep up. He prefers to draw the line on knowledge with a book compiled 3,000 years ago, when it wasn’t even realized that the visible planets were actually worlds. They were just stars that wandered around. If Earth is the only world in the universe, then sure, it’s unique and we’re unique.

  12. waldteufel

    Our Curmudgeon observes: “He doesn’t want to keep up. He prefers to draw the line on knowledge with a book compiled 3,000 years ago. . . .”

    . . . And then, Hambo wonders with an apparent straight face, why young people are leaving the church in droves.

  13. Thanks to the invisible hand which silently corrected my posting.

    The Bible – in particular the Old Testament, was not compiled 3000 years ago. The final form of Genesis now seems to be the product at the earliest 2500 years ago, obviously this is very imprecise dating. 3000 years ago would be during the reign of Solomon, which has been speculated as dating the beginning of the J (Yahwist) thread of the Documentary Hypothesis.

  14. Its good to know that the dimwitted Ham has visited and explored in detail all the planets found in the universe to determine our privileged status!! Could he donate his spaceship to NASA as this would be better than his silly ark!!!

  15. Life adapts. Look what happened after the flood – there was a burst of adaption as life spread to all corners of the earth, becoming incredibly diverse as it did so. Ham says so.

    On other worlds, less “privileged” than ours (not being hit by comets so often, not having as large a moon perhaps, or having more than one) life would evolve and adapt to those conditions.

    And why, really, is that a problem for Christians? God does what he will. Does that make us less special?

  16. @L.Long
    Yes, after all, to give us true science – observational science, rather than remote science (aka theorizing) – “how does he know, was he there?”

  17. Pete Moulton

    waldteufel observes: “. . . And then, Hambo wonders with an apparent straight face, why young people are leaving the church in droves.”

    That straight face is real enough, I think, because Ham’s worried. It isn’t that Hambo cares all that much about the young people leaving religion; what disturbs and worries him is that they’re taking their money with them, money which he believes rightfully belongs to him.

  18. As has been noted elsewhere, the argument actually works better the other way. An omnipotent creator does not need a privileged planet in a Goldilocks zone to create life — He could create humans on Venus if He wanted to! — but natural processes do require a suitable environment. Therefore, there is a 0% chance that natural processes will produce life unsuitable planets, and greater than 0% chance that deities will create life on unsuitable planets.

    Thus, any time life is observed on a “privileged” planet, the odds are greater that it developed naturally rather than by special creation.

  19. @RetiredSciGuy: you beat me to it. Apparently Ham’s not too good with simple maths. The fact that our star is one of some 10^22 or so in the universe makes it difficult to believe that all that space was created by the sky fairy (blessed be his/her/its name) just for us. Oh, wait, I see a particle of dust on my desk. Perhaps this planet was created for that particle’s enjoyment.

  20. “or the eventual supernova our sun will privilege us with”
    Our local star does not have enough mass to ever go nova, let alone supernova. It will eventually end all life on Earth as a red giant.

  21. Eric Lipps

    Well, despite years of research, scientists still haven’t found any evidence of life on other planets.

    Of course, that has nothing to do with the fact that Earth-sized planets are almost impossible to detect with existing technology.

    And they’ve found very few earth-like planets that they claim have even a slight chance of hosting life.

    Twenty-five years ago scientists had not yet found even one planet outside our solar system, whether capable of supporting life or not. Who knows what they’ll find in the next quarter-century? Of course, if they d find a life-bearing world, or one capable of supporting life, the Hamites will claim they’ve faked the evidence.

    The more they study earth and our solar system, the more they realize that earth is uniquely suited for life. We don’t live on a random chunk of rock — we live on a privileged planet with just the right characteristics for life to survive and thrive.

    The Hamster has it the wrong way around. It’s life which is suited to the earth—because it evolved here! And in any case there are so-called “extremophiles” which live and thrive in environments quite hostile to other species—even inside nuclear reactor containment buildings! (Not the reactors themselves, of course—as far as we know.)

  22. Pope RSG decrees: “why God would create such a vast universe with hundreds of billions of galaxies”
    As my compatriot Herman Philipse formulated it: the idea that our Universe is fine-tuned for (human) alaife is as absurd as if a fly residing on the White House thought that the building was especially for it. Given the difference of relative dimensions between our Universe and us on the one hand, and the White House and the fly on the other hand, even this is a massive understatement.
    Any apologist who uses fine-tuning or something similar, so including Ol’ Hambo, suffers from a serious lack of christian humility.

  23. Mark Twain, in an essay, “Was The World Made For Man”, observed:

    “If the Eiffel tower were now representing the world’s age, the skin of paint on the pinnacle-knob at its summit would represent man’s share of that age; & anybody would perceive that that skin was what the tower was built for. I reckon they would. I dunno.”

  24. I remember when SETI was being debated in congress, some of those in congress questioned the scientist’s assertions about the possibility of extra-terrestrial life with quips about Adam and Eve. SETI was nixed, though it ended up going private.
    So yes Hambo, adopting the creationist worldview can hurt science. In some cases (Like MRI machines) it makes no difference, but it does encumber the imagination.

  25. Charles Deetz ;)

    @robnorman2015 Neat to see planets forming just 175 light years away, that’s within Hambo’s belief system. Maybe he can explain why the creator never finished the job there?

  26. @Charles Deetz I’m arguing over this news story as we speak with Dr John Hartnett of Adelaide University on his Bible Science Forum:
    http://biblescienceforum.com/2016/04/05/wow-communications-from-little-green-men/
    He moderates it, so my latest comment may not be there yet.

    Needless to say he insists it’s not what we uniformitarians really want it to be!

  27. In order to argue for Intelligent Design one must make a uniformitarian assumption!