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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