AIG: Water and Life on Mars?

The creation scientists at Answers in Genesis (AIG) — the creationist ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — have written about life on Mars before, for example: Answers in Genesis & Life on Mars, and also AIG’s Head Buried in the Sands of Mars.

In those earlier posts, AIG claimed that the existence of water on Mars, which is now undeniable, and even the possibility of bacteria, don’t contradict the bible, which tells them that, like everything else in the universe, Mars is young. Also, even if there is some kind of primitive life on Mars, we weren’t there to see it happen, so there’s no evidence that life can evolve into existence.

Today they’re doing it again. Their latest post is Mars—The Other Blue Planet?, which is a repeat of something that first appeared in April of last year, but we didn’t notice it then. We did today. It was written by Dr. Ron Samec. At the end of his post we’re told: “Dr. Ron Samec is a professional observational astronomer and former professor of physics and astronomy at Bob Jones University. He is also the author of well over 150 journal articles and abstracts published in professional journals.” We haven’t checked his publication record, but he’s written a few times for AIG in the past. Here are some excerpts from his latest post, with bold font added by us:

As we look at the bitterly cold desert on Mars today, the thought of flowing water seems laughable. Yet evidence is growing that the planet was once wet . . . and this possibility fits nicely in the creation model. [Hee hee!]

Did water once flow on the surface of another planet in the solar system? Although Mars is now a desert, we have growing evidence that rain and flash floods once scoured the surface, sustaining a network of streams and lakes — and perhaps even an ocean. Today it appears that some of this water is locked up in subsurface permafrost and the rest has escaped into space. Where did all this liquid water come from, and why did it disappear? These are two of the greatest mysteries in planetary astronomy. … Yet despite our ever-increasing knowledge of the Red Planet, investigators are still baffled.

Samec explains why the investigators are baffled:

The search is hampered by a glaring flaw in their theories. Since we can’t observe past events, we must make assumptions. If the assumptions are wrong, the conclusions will be wrong. Instead of turning to God’s Word, the one infallible source of truth about planetary history, secular astronomers assume the universe is old.

Those secular astronomers are fools! Samec devotes several paragraphs to recent discoveries of water and volcanoes on Mars. We’ll skip all that because there are far better sources of information available. Then he says:

Where did the water originally come from? Perhaps the first volcanoes on Mars erupted and spewed out water during Creation Week or at the Fall, without the plate tectonics we find on Earth.

Yes — those are certainly good possibilities! He continues:

Because we still have so little information, much more work remains to be done to explain Mars’ topography. Other timelines are possible. Did catastrophe strike at the same time as the watery catastrophe on Earth? (If the Fall impacted the whole cosmos, according to Romans 8:22, perhaps the judgment during Noah’s day extended to other planets.)

Why don’t secular astronomers consider such ideas? Let’s read on:

It’s fascinating to consider what our Creator continues to do throughout our dynamic universe. But in all of this, we know one thing. Mars was never populated with intelligent life, engineers or otherwise.

How does Samec know that? He provides evidence in his final paragraph:

Isaiah 45:18 explains that Earth is the place God made to be inhabited: “For thus says the Lord, who created the heavens, who is God, who formed the earth and made it, who established it, who did not create it in vain, who formed it to be inhabited: I am the Lord, and there is no other.” Psalm 115:16 likewise says, “The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord’s; but the earth He has given to the children of men.”

So there you are. If we know what’s good for us, we’ll stay right here at home — where we belong.

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11 responses to “AIG: Water and Life on Mars?

  1. Maybe the august (I know, the month’s almost over, but I thought I’d sneak that in) professor is partly right. Since there is overwhelming evidence that the great flood never happened on this planet, perhaps the great designer (blessed be his/her/its name) simply missed and soaked the red planet instead.

  2. Water volcanoes? Perhaps at the time of The Fall? So Mars just had one too many beers at the big “Hey, now we can sin” party and needed to relieve itself? Or does Mars just like to watch other planets sin, and got, how you say, a bit over-excited? There seem to be one or two conceptual gaps in the AIG scenario so far. I look forward to the grant proposals when they start researching this hypothesis, as they *always* do.

  3. I am once again amazed by the tiny, tiny size of their God. Jam Him into the gaps, and I guess this is inevitable.

    Ken, my understanding is that while volcanoes don’t actually generate water, of course, water makes up a considerable amount of the vapor they let off. When volcanic activity turns sedimentary rock molten, the water such rocks contain is released along with everything else.

    It really does sound like the article writer thinks volcanoes actually create water, though, which is . . . novel.

  4. You know, if Mars is old then it would have had time to dry up.

  5. Derek Freyberg

    Or dry out, following Ken Phelps’s suggestion for the source of the water. Mars at a cosmic AA meeting.

  6. @dweller42
    I’m still trying to figure out how exactly a human cognitive choice on earth – ie. The Fall – could potentially cause volcanic activity on Mars. The phrase “demon-haunted world” (or universe) has never seemed more accurate and descriptive. I applaud your optimism in applying the word “thinks” to the mysterious process that lead to this article.

  7. Yeah, the idea of the Fall causing a cosmos-wide event, that’s just pure magical thinking.

    Actually, not even that – it’s comic book thinking.

    (And I have a nine year old who’s very inquisitive about things he doesn’t understand – it causes one to redefine one’s notion of “thinking.”)

  8. Why do those foolish scientists persist with exploration of the red planet, or indeed pursue any scientific enquiry at all for that matter. They should just go to AIG and find out everything they want to know and then if NASA or whoever persists in wasting time and money with missions to Mars they will obviously just confirm what the bible says and AIG can say ‘I told you so’. Just like they do with all the scientific advances here on earth. Look at how well that has worked. For example thanks to the bible I know that the earth is flat and was created in 6 days, pi is 3, the earth is about 6000 years old, adam and eve existed and the flood happened, just to name the first six that spring to mind from a very large list. See how cutting edge the bible is. I admire the determination of the AIG folks to correct the widespread ignorance of how the world really is. Keep up the good work guys!

  9. Ken and dweller,

    The “Fall” and even the chaos God might have used to bring about Noah’s Flood is a common “explanatory device” in creationist thinking. If I remember correctly Walt Brown’s hydroplate “theory” relies on it and it has been used to explain things such as comets and the asteroid belt.

  10. “The ultraviolet radiation from the sun would break up much of the water into hydrogen and oxygen, and some of the oxygen would escape into space because of the low surface gravity.”

    Actually the hydrogen would escape, because its lighter molecules move faster than Mars’s escape velocity. Oxygen would not.

  11. Their latest post is Mars—The Other Blue Planet?, which is a repeat of something that first appeared in April of last year, but we didn’t notice it then. We did today. It was written by Dr. Ron Samec. At the end of his post we’re told: “Dr. Ron Samec is a professional observational astronomer and former professor of physics and astronomy at Bob Jones University.”

    Isn’t that kind of like being a carnivorous vegetarian?

    One can only imagine what sort of physics and astronomy they teach at BJU.