Did our title get your attention? Fine. Then you’ll enjoy the newest post from the creation scientists at Answers in Genesis (AIG) — the creationist ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia. The title is Do the Big and Little Dipper Support the Bible’s Timeline?
It’s a good example of what we call the Creationists’ Scientific Method:
Today’s splendid example of cutting-edge creation science was written by Brooke C. Nelson — a new name. At the end we’re told: “Brooke C. Nelson wrote this while at Answers in Genesis as an intern with Dr. Danny Faulkner during the summer of 2016.” Isn’t that wonderful? Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
[H]ow likely is it for cultures scattered across the globe to see the same shapes in the stars? Ursa Major and Ursa Minor, the Big and Little Bears with distorted tails, are well-known constellations in today’s world because they are easy to spot, hold the asterisms [nice word, but misused] we know as the Big Dipper and Little Dipper, and are important for finding the North Star. Even though these bears have long tails unlike any bear we know today, they caught the attention of the Ancient World as well.
It’s curious that they’re not mentioned in the bible. For some reason, Nelson ignores that. Instead he says:
The Finns, Arabians, Phoenicians, Persians, and inhabitants of northern Asia also call this constellation a long-tailed bear. Some say this could be cultural crossover throughout the years, but then why would North American natives see the same picture of a long-tailed bear in the sky, as reported by four early-comers in the late 1600s early 1700s?
Wow — if true, it’s quite a mystery! Nelson tells us about the Indian legend, and then says:
It begs the question: Did this constellation name and idea originate at the same place and from the same people before being scattered throughout the earth?
No, it doesn’t beg the question, it raises the question. We’ll skip some irrelevant material about Ptolemy’s star maps, after which Nelson asks:
What does this mean for us today? Well, for those who believe in a land bridge between Asia and Alaska 10–12,000 years ago, it presents the problem of how people developed the same constellations as absurd as two long-tailed bears. The fact that some cultures across the globe have the same constellations in their night sky supports the idea that all people groups once were together sharing information. But if people did not develop the constellations until the third millennium BC, then how did Native Americans see two bears in the sky, as did people in the Old World, when the physical link between the Old World and the New World was severed thousands of years earlier?
Gasp — it’s an impossibility! Well, maybe the Indians learned those constellations from fur trappers or missionaries. No, that would spoil things for Nelson. Let’s read on:
Interestingly, the time period for the origin of the constellations as we know them in the third millennium BC coincides with the biblical timeline. The Flood and Tower of Babel were in the third millennium BC. Furthermore, the latitude range of the origin of the constellations agrees with the biblical location of the post-Flood society on the Plane of Sumer. If the constellations developed at that time, then as people dispersed after God’s judgment at the Tower of Babel, they would have taken the constellations with them.
Yes — that makes perfect sense! Oh, wait — then why didn’t the American Indians also have a legend about Noah? And the Tower of Babel? We’re not told. Nelson uses only the bears, and announces:
Thus the land bridge connecting Asia and the Americas existed much later in the biblical chronology than in the secular chronology. Though modifications in the constellations were inevitable, one would expect some common elements, such as the two bears, to persist.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! We should also expect a lot of other cultural similarities, but there are none — at least Nelson doesn’t mention any. This is his conclusion:
It is improbable that more than one culture would have developed two long-tailed bears among the constellations independently. It is far more likely that similarities between different constellation systems is the result of a common origin rather than a coincidence. Hence the presence of Ursa Major and Ursa Minor in the constellations of diverse cultures bears testimony of the reliability of biblical history at the earliest epochs of post-Flood and post-Babel human migration.
That was a great example of creation science. Nelson has a wonderful career ahead of him.
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