You probably know about the solar eclipse coming next year, which will be visible in a path across the US. PhysOrg had an article about it a week ago: One year to the 2017 total solar eclipse. They say:
Quick; where will you be this time next year on August 21st, 2017? We’re now just one year out this weekend from a fine total solar eclipse gracing the United States from coast to coast. … The last time a total solar eclipse made landfall over a U.S. state was Hawaii on July 11th, 1991, and the path of totality hasn’t touched down over the contiguous ‘Lower 48’ United States since February 26th, 1979. And you have to go all the way back over nearly a century to June 8th, 1918 to find an eclipse that exclusively crossed the United States from the Pacific to the Atlantic Coast.
They have a map showing the path of totality. Then they add:
The sun is about 400 times larger than the moon in diameter, but the moon is 400 times closer. We’ve actually heard this fact tossed out as evidence for intelligent design, though it’s just a happy celestial circumstance of our present era. In fact, annular eclipses are now slightly more common than totals in our current epoch, and will continue to become more so as the moon slowly recedes from the Earth. Just under a billion years ago, the very first annular eclipse of the sun as seen from the Earth occurred, and 1.4 billion years hence, the Earth will witness one last brief total eclipse.
We know what you’re thinking: No one could be crazy enough to claim that solar eclipses are evidence of intelligent design! That’s what we thought — until we visited the Discovery Institute’s creationist blog this morning. There we found: In 2017, Watch a Spectacular Display of Intelligent Design. It was written by Sarah Chaffee, whom we call “Savvy Sarah.” Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us.
She mentions the coming eclipse, and then says:
In their book, The Privileged Planet: How Our Place in the Cosmos Is Designed for Discovery [Amazon link], astronomer Guillermo Gonzalez and philosopher Jay Richards explain that total eclipses were monumental in science: Einstein’s theory of relativity predicted that gravity bends light and would therefore make stars near the Sun appear at different locations than they actually were during an eclipse — and astronomers observed it.
Everybody knows about that. Let’s read on:
They note that observation of a total eclipse requires two elements: the right planetary and celestial conditions for a total eclipse, and a planet hospitable to complex life such as ourselves. Gonzalez and Richards conclude that “our place in the cosmos is designed for discovery.”
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! The solar system was intentionally designed so that we could learn about relativity. Savvy Sarah quotes from the PysOrg article about the fact that the phenomena of total solar eclipses are peculiar to this era in the Earth’s history, and she tells us:
It’s true. There is a limited time period in which solar eclipses are visible. Gonzalez and Richards acknowledge this — and actually take it a step further. Not only is the Moon receding, but the Sun is getting bigger. But this does not refute the case for design — in fact, it amplifies it:
[Presumably this is a quote from The Privileged Planet:] These two processes, working together, should end total solar eclipses in about 250 million years, a mere 5 percent of the age of the earth. This relatively small window of opportunity also happens to coincide with the existence of intelligent life. Put another way, the most habitable place in the Solar System yields the best view of solar eclipses just when observers can best appreciate them.
[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] What perfect timing! Isn’t that wonderful? Savvy Sarah continues with the usual list of facts about the size of the Earth, the Moon, etc. that are allegedly essential for the emergence of life — all intentionally designed just for us! This is how she finishes her post:
Mark your calendar for the 2017 eclipse; I’m certainly planning to go. But humans won’t be observing it due to chance or determinism. Rather, a designing intelligence evidently had in mind to make a habitable planet hospitable to scientific discovery — and total solar eclipses seem like a very elegant part of this cosmic and terrestrial symphony.
This reminds us of something we wrote 7 years ago; it’s one of our favorite posts: The Ten Laws of Creationism. Savvy Sarah is using two of the laws we listed there:
1. The Law of Evidence: Everything is Designed; therefore everything is evidence of ID. No evidence supports evolution.
8. The Law of Supernatural Superiority: Whenever two explanations of a phenomenon are presented, one natural and one supernatural, the latter is always better. Naturalistic bias must be avoided.
So there you are, dear reader. And when you observe the eclipse next year, we hope you keep in mind its deep supernatural meaning.
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