The unique nature of the Earth is a constant biblical theme, and it’s quite understandable. Our world is the only one the bible authors knew, because they couldn’t see anything else. The rest of the universe was just lights in the sky.
In spite of everything we’ve learned since Galileo used a telescope to make astronomical observations, creationists continue to insist on the biblical view. Although they grudgingly admit that planets are actual worlds — not only those that orbit the Sun, but also those recently discovered to orbit other stars — they insist that Earth is unique.
There is no one better to discuss this than Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. He’s the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia, famed not only for his creationist ministry, Answers in Genesis (AIG), but also for the infamous, mind-boggling Creation Museum, and for building an exact replica of Noah’s Ark.
We have already mentioned that Ken Ham Adopts the Privileged Planet Doctrine, where we quoted him saying:
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. If our planet is the only planet supporting life, then the idea of evolution is called into question.
Today, Hambo continues that theme in Research Confirms There’s No Planet Like Earth? Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis and his scripture references omitted:
For years, researchers, who cling to a belief that life must have evolved elsewhere in the universe, have looked for extraterrestrial life. Recently, much of this research has been focused on trying to find “Earth 2.0,” a planet orbiting a distant star (called an exoplanet) that has similar qualities to earth. But such a planet remains elusive.
Hambo is keeping his fingers crossed. He says:
Scientists have discovered thousands of exoplanets, with thousands more waiting to be confirmed; yet a recent article states that “none of the 2,325 confirmed alien worlds so far, however, appears to be like Earth.” Despite all we’ve learned about the universe and all the research that’s been done on exoplanets, earth continues to stand out as unique and special.
Can you imagine the terror experienced by creationists every time they encounter news about the latest astronomical discoveries? But when they realize that we haven’t yet found life on an extra-solar planet, they rejoice, knowing that their dogma is still safe — at least for a while longer. Hambo boasts:
Of course, this should not surprise those who start with a biblical worldview. Earth was uniquely created and formed to be inhabited (Isaiah 45:18).
But the search has only begun. As we recently wrote in Oh No! Still More Planets Found:
NASA’s Kepler mission has verified 1,284 new planets – the single largest finding of planets to date. … n the newly-validated batch of planets, nearly 550 could be rocky planets like Earth, based on their size. Nine of these orbit in their sun’s habitable zone, which is the distance from a star where orbiting planets can have surface temperatures that allow liquid water to pool. With the addition of these nine, 21 exoplanets now are known to be members of this exclusive group. … Of the nearly 5,000 total planet candidates found to date, more than 3,200 now have been verified, and 2,325 of these were discovered by Kepler.
Ol’ Hambo isn’t bothered by that — not even a little. He tells us:
But this new research is a big problem for those who hold to a naturalistic, evolutionary worldview. …. In this view, earth cannot be special — life just randomly happened to originate here. Yet earth continues to appear to be uniquely suited and designed for life while other planets are barren and inhospitable.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Hambo never gets around to explaining, or even guessing at, the purpose of all those other planets. Then he says something surprising:
We are not alone in the universe.
What? Does Hambo know something NASA doesn’t? Let’s read on:
We are constantly being upheld by the One who created and upholds the universe.
Oh. Of course. Then he gives some advice to the astronomers:
Instead of seeking for a twin to earth and intelligent alien life, these researchers should seek the Creator who loves them and died for them.
He finishes with a bit of a promotion:
Drop by our Creation Museum and watch our excellent planetarium programs that declare God’s handiwork in the universe.
So there you are, dear reader. There really is an intelligent alien out there, but the astronomers are looking in all the wrong places.
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