This is from The Livingston Enterprise of Livingston, Montana. Their headline is SURVEYING THE HEAVENS IN THE SHIELDS VALLEY, and they have a comments feature — with no comments yet. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
In Mike McClure’s book, cloudless skies are good for far more than bright, sunshiny days. For him, the real joy comes after Montana’s side of the globe has bid our solar system’s centerpiece adieu, as there are few places McLure would rather be than beneath a rich, star-painted nocturnal canvas. And at nearly every opportunity, that’s exactly where he is — peering through a hefty telescope in his observatory on the southern fringe of Wilsall — his personal window into the heavens.
That’s nice, but why are we blogging about Mike McClure and his telescope? Is there a creationism angle to this story? Stay with us, dear reader, and you’ll soon find out. The Livingston Enterprise tells us:
“This is really a dream I had, 25 or 30 years in the making,” he said. His professional career serves his hobby well. A retired aerospace engineer, McClure worked for 26 years in Tennessee for the then-called Arnold Engineering Development Center, a U.S. Air Force operation distinguished as the most advanced and largest complex of flight simulation test facilities in the world. The 67-year-old astronomer holds three degrees in the fields of physics and aerospace engineering from Iowa State University.
He’s a retired aerospace engineer. This could be another example of the Salem hypothesis, that engineering types — which often includes computer scientists — have a tendency toward the creationist viewpoint.
After a lot of details about McLure’s telescope, we finally get to the good stuff:
Inside the dome, printouts of dozens of passages from the Bible are taped to the walls. McClure, a self-described “creationist astronomer,” holds a differing view as to the origin universe than the prevailing cosmological theory, the Big Bang.
You knew we wouldn’t disappoint you. Let’s read on:
“Secular scientists live and die by the Big Bang model, but there are problems with it,” he said, stating the physics don’t quite add up for him.
Unfortunately, we’re not given anything specific about that. Oh, this is good:
He pointed out one of his favorite passages on the wall: “He bowed the heavens also, and came down: and darkness was at his feet,” offering that God is the creator of mass and that “bowed the heavens,” hints at the general relatively’s [sic] curvature of the space time continuum, while “the darkness at his feet” is in reference to black holes.
Wowie — black holes are mentioned in the bible! Here’s our last excerpt:
“I’m a creationist, but that doesn’t take away from looking through the telescope,” he said. “I still see the wonders of the universe.”
Yes, McClure sees things, but he’s also missing a lot. However, he doesn’t appear to be making money by operating a creationist tourist attraction, and he doesn’t seem hostile to astronomers who aren’t creationists. So whatever you may think of Mike McClure as an astronomer, he’s not a bad guy.
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