The collapse of the Discoveroids’ website today compells us to dig for more material at the website of the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) — the fountainhead of young-earth creationist wisdom.
We recently learned that ICR Has a Creationist Nuclear Physicist on their payroll. That’s Vernon R. Cupps. And you already know about Jason Lisle, their creationist astrophysicist. Well, dear reader, we found something they recently wrote together. It’s titled Subatomic Particles, Part 3: Mesons.
Don’t let the title bother you. We don’t need to know much about messons to appreciate what the creationist dynamic duo has written. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
When considering the term subatomic particles, many people typically think of things like electrons, protons, or neutrons. We have some experience with these particles because we were taught about them in school. Indeed, we are made of them — electrons, protons, and neutrons comprise atoms, and atoms comprise our bodies.
Yeah, yeah. We know all that. Moving along:
But a type of particle with mass between leptons and baryons also exists; these are mesons. A bit more mysterious than protons and electrons, mesons have a fleeting existence, lasting only a fraction of a microsecond. But they provide us with great insight into how the laws of physics work and thus the organized and mathematical way that God upholds what He has created.
[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] Mesons give us insight into divine creation. Let’s read on:
To make sense of mesons, we need to explore how the strong nuclear force operates.
No we don’t. Not for our purposes. Oh wait — this is good:
[T]he strong force has an extremely limited range. This is a phenomenally important design feature because if the strong force had the same infinite range as the electric force, then the former would overwhelm the latter and all the matter in the universe would collapse into a single nucleus. God gave each force the right strength and range so that matter would be possible in all its wondrous forms.
[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] The strong force was given just the right strength and range! Ignoring the rest of the article, we arrive at their conclusion
Since mesons have only a momentary existence, we might naturally ask what purpose God has for them. There are several possibilities.
[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] What was God’s purpose? The creation scientists tell us:
For one, they give us great insight into the laws of physics that govern the behavior of all particles. By studying mesons, we can better understand the nature of baryons — like protons and neutrons. In fact, the quark substructure of protons and neutrons might never have been discovered or understood if God had not permitted the existence of mesons.
We could have been spared a lot of trouble if they had been mentioned in the bible. But wait — there’s a little bit more:
Furthermore, mesons challenge our understanding of reality and reveal the creativity of the Lord. Perhaps this is the Lord’s way of reminding us that as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are His thoughts and ways higher than ours.
That’s it. You’ve probably been wondering what would happen if Cupps and Lisle teamed up. Now you know.
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