Ken Ham: How To Find Alien Life

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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18 responses to “Ken Ham: How To Find Alien Life

  1. Kepler’s thousands of planets were found in one small piece of sky, and even then, they were only those which by sheer luck were precisely aligned such that they eclipsed their star. As our technology improves, we will undoubtedly detect many thousands more.

    Creationists are justified in being worried. It’s only a matter of time.

  2. Eric Lipps

    the Hamster would probably have been even more smug 25 years ago, when there were no known extrasolar planets at all. Ah, those were the good old days. . . .

    Of course, if evidence of life elsewhere is found, Ham will argue that (1) it was faked by those wicked evolutionists; (2) it was faked by Satan; and if (1) and (2) don’t fly, (3) the evidence doesn’t really prove evolution because after all any life anywhere must have been specially created 6,000 years ago.

  3. Derek Freyberg

    “So there you are, dear reader. There really is an intelligent alien out there, but the astronomers are looking in all the wrong places.”
    There’s an alien out there, wanting to turn us all into the Borg, but it’s not very intelligent, and I think it may be found in northern Kentucky, so astronomers really are looking in all the wrong places.

  4. But I contend the basic fallacy in Ham’s, et. al, way of thinking is that a planet must be earth-like. It may be a starting point, but to exclude many other similar worlds is incorrect, as well as their assumption that life must be in our image.

  5. waldteufel

    Methinks Hambo would cheerfully drag us back a few hundred years to pre-Copernican time, when the sun, planets, and stars knew their biblical and righteous places circling the earth.

  6. docbill1351

    It’s been over for creationists for hundreds of years. The gaps keep getting smaller but old Hambo has his book! And I don’t think he minds looking foolish for the millions of $$ he pulls in each year.

  7. waldteufel

    docbill1351 observes: “And I don’t think he minds looking foolish for the millions of $$ he pulls in each year.”
    For sure, Hambo has a bird’s nest on the ground as long as Christian schools and homeschoolers keep up a steady flow of scientifically illiterate droolers able to drag themselves by their knuckles to his Creation “Museum” or Ark Park.

  8. He is assuming that the laws of nature rule everywhere.

    He is assuming that he knows the conditions under which nature allows life to form. And that those conditions apply on Earth! That is, that it does not take divine intervention contrary to the laws of nature to make life anywhere, anytime!

  9. waldteufel – I would wager that the droolers spend a lot more on Ham’s
    ‘educational’ materials that at the Park. If you have the stomach for it, visit the AIG store: A while back, we were in Indiana at a county fair, and some locals had a very large booth set up to sell all of the AIG ‘true Christian’ books, pamphlets, teaching materials, etc.

  10. Until we GO THERE and investigate we will never know if life is in other places. The only thing we can say is that places like Jupiter may have life but not like us!

  11. “earth continues to stand out as unique and special.”
    Ol’ Hambo doesn’t need to worry. Even if we manage to find extraterrestrial life, in no way related to Earthly life, our Earth will continue to stand out as unique and special.
    So will all other planets inhabiting life.

  12. If all life is a special creation by the deity, shouldn’t creationists encourage us to look at planets that *aren’t* earthlike? Only a naturalistic worldview restricts the likely development of life to planets with ideal environmental conditions.

  13. Charles Deetz ;)

    My country is special, my religion is special, my interpretation of the bible is special, my science is special, my safety is special, my money is special. And my planet is special. Damn conservative christian crap.

  14. @Charles Deetz: To quote The Church Lady (aka Dana Carvey), “Well, isn’t that special!

    Of course, Ham is deliberately missing the point — even if Earth were unique in harboring life, how does that indicate “God”?

    For the foreseeable future, the only way we could hope to detect evidence of life outside of our Solar System would be to pick up an electromagnetic signal of such a complex nature as to be explainable only by inferring intelligence. Looking at our own planet’s history of life, it has existed here for at least 3.8 BILLION years, yet we have had radio technology for only about 100 years. Applying that same ratio, there could be 38,000,000 planets out there with life for every one that has radio technology. No wonder we haven’t heard anything definitive yet.

  15. @retiredsciguy
    … to detect life … only by inferring intelligence …
    You seem to be equating life with intelligence.
    I have heard it suggested that the presence of free oxygen would be an indication of life, life comparable to life on Earth of billions of years ago, not intelligence.
    Let us not rule out what we can learn by “remote science”.

  16. More negative responses than I was expecting to see here (at the time of writing):

  17. @TomS: What I was getting at is that we have limited means of detecting life outside of our Solar System — the distances are so vast that we would *probably* need to detect a radio signal or some other form of intelligently generated electromagnetic radiation in order to say there is life out there. Since we have had radio technology for only about 1/38,000,000 of the time life has existed on earth, there could well be 38,000,000 planets out there with life for every one planet with life intelligent enough and with the needed manual dexterity to build a radio transmitter. For instance, dolphins are pretty smart, and might have the intelligence to understand the technology (who knows?), but without means of manipulation, developing technology would be very difficult for them, if not impossible. Now, if dolphins could figure out a way to communicate with the octopus, we would need to worry.

  18. I have respect for the difficulty for detecting intelligently generated radio.

    I suggest this additional difficulty. The more efficient way of transmitting information is to use encoding which is closer to random noise. And to direct more of the signal to the intended target, not to waste it on empty space (like us).

    But remember that August Comte in the early 19th century made the obvious observation that we would never be able to know about the chemistry of the stars.