Solar Eclipses — Their Design Is Undeniable

When we recently wrote Solar Eclipses Prove Intelligent Design about an amusing Discoveroid post by Sarah Chaffee (whom we call “Savvy Sarah”), we thought we had exhausted that topic. But then we spotted Solar Eclipse: Designed by God or Coincidence? in the Christian Post by Discovery Institute fellow traveler Eric Metaxas.

We ignored the Metaxas article because it not only said nothing new, it also cited — and praised! — the Discoveroid article by Savvy Sarah. Creationists often cite each other as authority for their claims. But today we have something special, because the phenomenon of creationist mutual admiration has completed the circle. At the Discovery Institute’s blog, they have a new post that cites the Metaxas article. It’s Solar Eclipse: By Design or “Happy Celestial Circumstance”?

It was written by David Klinghoffer, a Discoveroid “senior fellow” (i.e., flaming, full-blown creationist), who eagerly functions as their journalistic slasher and poo flinger. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:

[O]ur colleague Sarah Chaffee had an excellent post the other day on the upcoming solar eclipse.This caught the attention of the estimable Eric Metaxas … .

What follows is a big, multi-paragraph quote from what “the estimable” Metaxas wrote. Here’s one small portion of it:

It turns out the conditions for this dazzling display are incredibly rare. The moon has to be just the right size, orbiting a planet just the right distance from its host star. And it so happens that although the sun is 400 times bigger than the moon, it’s also (coincidence?) 400 times further from us, meaning that the two objects appear roughly the same size in the sky. This allows the moon to block the sun in precisely the right way for scientists to study the solar atmosphere.

And of course, all of these conditions must be met on a planet that also supports intelligent life capable of appreciating the eclipse. The Earth, conclude Gonzalez and Richards, is uniquely suited as an observatory for such astronomical wonders — almost as if it were designed for that purpose.

Gonzalez and Richards, as you know, are co-authors of the Discoveroid cult classic, The Privileged Planet. And all of that stuff in the Metaxas article, including a reference to Gonzalez and Richards, was mentioned in the earlier Discoveroid post by Savvy Sarah. Isn’t that wonderful? Metaxas cited Savvy Sarah, and now Klinghoffer cites Metaxas. He seems to think that these incestuous creationist quotations are very impressive.

What’s the conclusion? Whatever it is, it’s in Klinghoffer’s final paragraph:

“Happy celestial circumstance”? Translation: a fluke, like all the other evidence of extreme, unique fitness — cosmic, planetary, anatomical — that define what biologist Michael Denton [a Discovery Institute “senior fellow”] calls a unique “path” — “already built into nature” — at the end of which lies civilization, including science, and life as we know it.

[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] Well, dear reader, you may have been dubious before about the Discoveroids’ claim that solar eclipses are evidence of intelligent design, but by now your skepticism has surely vanished. There can no longer be any doubt. The intelligent designer — blessed be he! — is the author of all things, and solar eclipses are the proof.

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15 responses to “Solar Eclipses — Their Design Is Undeniable

  1. Charles Deetz ;)

    The ID group on Facebook shies away from celestial ID observations. The DI should tighten up their game and follow their followers, this stuff about eclipses is downright silly.

  2. The Tooters are really scraping the dregs these days. Privileged Planet, again? I guess Savvy Sarah was given a big stack of archives and told to rewrite every one.

    Maybe October will be Flagellum Month.

  3. Eddie Janssen

    Had the Discovery Institute existed around 1950 they would have brought the snug fit between Africa and South America to our attention.

  4. I still don’t understand with all that attention to detail on making this Earth such a privileged planet for humans, why it took such intervention from the Almighty to bypass the strictures of the second law of thermodynamics to create life here. One would think that the omniscient and omnipotent could design laws of thermodynamics to make life possible, rather than fooling around with amateurish tricks like eclipses.

  5. I think this all makes sense and the DI are onto something. Just this morning I was walking my dog, and she was in the perfect position (not too near, not too far) in from of me for her lead to be taut. Surely the grand designer designed the leash to be the correct length.

  6. Clumsy, fumbling Great Designer I think. Couldn’t manage to have consistently regular eclipses, e.g., have the moon’s orbit along the ecliptic so every month there’d be eclipses, both solar and lunar, or make the moon’s orbit perfectly (divinely?) circular to avoid annular solar eclipses. (Good discussion here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eclipse_cycle).

    I think Klinghopper, Savvy Sarah’s and Metaxas’s articles all deserve at least a combined three drool award!!!

  7. I remember during the last tetrad of lunar eclipses, some of my wacky Christian relatives were predicting significant events from the eclipses. I suppose if the Grand Ol’ Designer wanted to convey messages, “He” might just wait and do them when the specially designed eclipse machine was doing its magic. Rare enough to give the mortals a scare, but common enough to send a message. Lost in the DI pattern recognition is that the Earth, Moon and planets don’t relate with nice even numbers. You know you’ve got 365.2425 days in a year, 29-1/3 days in a month. Considering the Bible says the “lights in the sky” are for time keeping, wouldn’t you expect the heavenly time keepers to make the arithmetic simple? The orbits are in ellipses, rather than simple circles. With all these ellipses eclipses sometimes occur when the Moon is at apogee creating an annular eclipse (such as the recent Africa eclipse), which blows the DI’s theory “perfect design” right out of the water.

  8. I am surprised that the Tootists haven’t discovered the amazing fact that all animals that walk, crawl, or run are always built such that their appendages for locomotion achieve just the right length to reach the ground no matter their age or whatever surface they move on.

  9. Off topic, but important story:
    Creationism Booted From Ohio Public Schools
    http://www.au.org/blogs/wall-of-separation/creationism-booted-from-ohio-public-schools

  10. Yeah, and the moon, which used to be much closer to the Earth, was moved to its present distance so we could see the obvious evidence (solar eclipses) for the Creator, blessed be He. Otherwise the match wouldn’t have been so good, no?

  11. CD establishes: “this stuff about eclipses is downright silly.”
    Did the IDiots ever produce something not downright silly then?
    Anyhow, just this morning I read the ultimate argument for an Intelligent Designer. My legs have exactly the right length for the trousers I wear. Obviously an immaterial/ transcendental/ supernatural Intelligence has designed my legs – I mean, just a centimeter longer or short or my trousers wouldn’t fit!

  12. One of the long-time favorites for silliness, even rejected by many who otherwise buy into design, is: Water expands when it freezes, unlike most substances, which means that ice floats on water, and therefore bodies of water do not freeze completely solid to the bottom, and therefore fish can survive. Why this is thought any sillier than any other design argument, I don’t understand.

  13. Volcanoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, asteroid strikes – those things provide opportunities for scientific discovery too. Clearly they should be evidence of design as well as eclipses, or at the very least they should provide insight into the character of the designer.

  14. One of the long-time favorites for silliness, even rejected by many who otherwise buy into design, is: Water expands when it freezes, unlike most substances, which means that ice floats on water, and therefore bodies of water do not freeze completely solid to the bottom, and therefore fish can survive. Why this is thought any sillier than any other design argument, I don’t understand.

    This is only one of several unusual properties of water that make it essential for life as we know it here on Earth.

  15. It turns out the conditions for this dazzling display are incredibly rare. The moon has to be just the right size, orbiting a planet just the right distance from its host star. And it so happens that although the sun is 400 times bigger than the moon, it’s also (coincidence?) 400 times further from us, meaning that the two objects appear roughly the same size in the sky. This allows the moon to block the sun in precisely the right way for scientists to study the solar atmosphere.

    And come up with conclusions supporting the idea of an ancient earth (i.e., the sun’s behavior suggests it is billions of years old, blowing the idea of a 6,000-year-old universe right out of the waters upon the deep.

    And of course, all of these conditions must be met on a planet that also supports intelligent life capable of appreciating the eclipse. The Earth, conclude Gonzalez and Richards, is uniquely suited as an observatory for such astronomical wonders — almost as if it were designed for that purpose.

    Or in other words, life was designed for the earth, which was designed for life.