This is even better than we hoped. Two days ago we wrote Klinghoffer Dismisses Latest Planet Discoveries, in which we described the NASA discovery of seven Earth-sized planets orbiting the dwarf star TRAPPIST-1, three of which orbit in the star’s habitable zone where they could have water and possibly life.
As you know, this is the sort of godless science discovery that gives creationists nightmares. Regardless of what scientists actually discover, creationists insist that the scientists are wrong — totally wrong — because they are confused by their naturalist assumptions, or perverted by their sinful nature. Creationists know that a perfect planet like ours, and a splendid species like us cannot naturally exist. Therefore they declare:
• Earth was uniquely created as the special home of a special species — our wonderful selves
• We were created (not evolved!) by and in the image of Yahweh (for litigation purposes called the intelligent designer) — blessed be he!
We’ve already written about the Discoveroids’ reaction to the news of the discovery. Klinghoffer declared: “However, everything else we do know indicates that life can’t and won’t originate and evolve without intelligent design.” Very persuasive!
Today we have responses from two more creationist outfits. First, we have the reaction of the creation scientists at the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) — the fountainhead of young-earth creationist wisdom. Their headline is Seven Earth-size Planets Discovered.
It was written by Frank Sherwin, M.A. (Note that he touts his Master’s degree.) At the end of the article he’s described as “Research Associate, Senior Lecturer, and Science Writer at the Institute for Creation Research.” This is his writeup at the Encyclopedia of American Loons. ICR has a bio page on the guy: Frank Sherwin. Here are some excerpts from Sherwin’s post, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
Secular scientists are excited about the recent detection of seven Earth-size planets in the constellation Aquarius, a nearby solar system. According to the report, three of the planets orbit a parent star, called TRAPPIST-1, at a distance that would allow water to exist on their surface.
Many evolutionists are giddy with the suggestion that life on one or more of these planets is just around the corner. But this wholly unwarranted extrapolation lies far beyond the known facts. Just because a planet may be positioned for surface water to exist doesn’t mean water is there. Even if liquid water is present does not mean complex organic life is even remotely possible. Evolutionists know the serious biochemical problems of getting life to arise spontaneously from an aquatic environment. Water’s structure causes interfering side reactions that would prevent, not promote, the simplistic “just add water” idea of life’s origin. In addition, spontaneous-forming molecules could never put themselves together to produce a living cell; such an event requires purpose, plan, and special creation. Such an event is nothing less than miraculous.
Impressive, huh? Then Sherwin says:
The philosophy of naturalism is seen in the scientists’ appeal to deep evolutionary time: “TRAPPIST-1 is at least 500 million years old,” and “it will live for another 10 trillion years,” and a convenient exit if life is not found, “Even if the planets do not have life now, it could evolve.” Throughout the article words such as “could,” “believed,” “prospect,” “hope,” “maybe,” “possible,” and “even if” appear. This is wishful speculation, not empirical science.
That’s essentially the same reaction as Klinghoffer’s, which isn’t very surprising, considering that they’re both creationists.
After that, we have the reaction from Answers in Genesis (AIG) — the creationist ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia. Their title is Discovery of 7 Earth-Sized Planets Orbiting Star TRAPPIST-1. It was written by one of ol’ Hambo’s creation scientists — Danny Faulkner. Here’s AIG’s biographical information about him. They say he taught physics and astronomy until he joined AIG. His undergraduate degree is from Bob Jones University.
After describing the discovery, and emphasizing that as yet we know little about conditions on the planets in the TRAPPIST system, Danny says, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
The team found that three of the seven planets, e, f, and g, lie in the habitable zone of their star. Planet f has the least uncertainty in its density, but it also has the lowest density, 60% of earth. It is not clear if this planet has enough gravity to maintain an atmosphere proper for life. The masses and densities of the other two planets have much higher uncertainties, so it is unclear whether they have the proper composition.
In other words, nothing definite is known — at least not yet — so creationists aren’t worried. Not much, anyway. Moving along:
There have been many extrasolar planets touted as being “earth-like.” As always is the case, the details indicate that the conclusion is far less certain than most people realize. This is the case of the most recent announcement of three earth-like planets orbiting TRAPPIST-1. Several assumptions must be true for any of these planets truly to be earth-like, and there are reasons to believe that, like the others, there is far less here than thought. As far as we know for certain, there are no earth-like planets.
Hooray! Then he says:
A different analysis indicated a 25% chance of the planetary system undergoing disruption within a million years, and only an 8.1% chance of surviving a billion years. According to the evolutionary timeframe, it took three billion years for higher life to develop on earth, so these results are a serious problem for the possibility of life on the planets orbiting TRAPPIST-1.
Danny’s final sentence is a real zinger. He tells us:
Or perhaps it is evidence that this system is not very old at all.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Still more evidence for the recent creation of the universe — if one ignores all the contrary evidence.
So there you are, dear reader. The big three creationist websites are unanimous. The discovery of seven Earth-sized planets orbiting the dwarf star TRAPPIST-1 doesn’t do a thing to strengthen the view of those wicked Darwinists. All the evidence supports creationism. It always has; it always will. Oh yeah!
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