A month ago we posted ICR: Jason Lisle & Vernon Cupps, Together, to discuss an article at the website of the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) — the fountainhead of young-earth creationist wisdom. It was written by Jason Lisle, ICR’s creationist astrophysicist, and Vernon R. Cupps, about whom we previously wrote ICR Has a Creationist Nuclear Physicist.
To our delight, the dynamic duo has written a new article, titled Subatomic Particles, Part 4: Gauge Bosons, the Glue That Holds the Universe Together . Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
In the previous articles of this series, we reviewed 12 of the 18 known elementary particles — nothing smaller exists. These are the six leptons and six quarks. Five of the remaining six elementary particles are gauge bosons (see Figure 1).
They spend several paragraphs discussing those particles, but don’t worry — we’re skipping that material. What we’re looking for is creationism. It takes a while, but Lisle and Cupps don’t disappoint. More than half-way through the article they say:
Having explored the 18 known elementary particles and their properties, we are struck by the orderly way in which they may be classified (see Figure 3). Why such logical organization? What worldview can make sense of this?
A truly profound question! They tell us:
In the biological sciences, living organisms can be classified into a logical hierarchy (order, family, genus, species). Creationists expect this because God is logical and has imposed order on His creation. Despite substantial evidence to the contrary [Hee hee!], secularists still tell us that evolution is the way to account for such a hierarchy, that all organisms have similarities because they share a common ancestor, and differences are due to the cumulative effect of tiny changes over billions of years.
Silly secularists! Lisle & Cupps continue:
However, evolution cannot account for the hierarchy of particles because particles do not gradually evolve. Even when particles decay, the transition is essentially instantaneous and always results in one of the 18 known elementary particles. It is not as though the electron somehow gradually gained mass over millions of years until it became a muon. Elementary particles cannot gradually change, and so we cannot appeal to evolution or any chance process as the explanation for their hierarchical classification. Only if the universe is upheld by the mind of God can we account for such order.
They’re right! Evolution doesn’t explain anything about subatomic particles! Let’s read on:
The way in which God controls the universe is so logical and mathematical that we can assign equations to it and even predict the statistical outcome of many particle interactions. We can compute the electromagnetic force accurately over great distances because of God’s order. The four fundamental forces are not a replacement for God’s power but an example of God’s power. They merely describe the ordinary way God upholds creation, and we could not make sense of them apart from biblical revelation.
Yes — it’s perfectly clear and logical — like everything else in the bible. Another excerpt:
Slightly change the charge of an electron or a quark and atoms could never form larger structures due to electric repulsion. It’s clear the universe is perfectly designed for life.
Which means — or should mean — that life will spring up wherever there’s a suitable planet, but for some reason that’s not discussed. And now we come to the end:
Furthermore, aside from the photon, subatomic particles are not things we can see with our eyes. … Rather, we infer the existence of these particles due to the effects they produce on things we can see. Therefore, we have a well-justified faith (evidence of things not seen) in these particles and their properties. Similarly, we cannot normally see God with our eyes, but the evidence of His upholding power is displayed throughout the cosmos — from the smallest bosons and quarks to the largest galaxies.
Right again — faith is the only way to go! What a great article!
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