As we reported in our last post on this topic — see Eclipse Mania — The Discoveroids, Part 1 — the Discovery Institute is trying to be your go-to website for eclipse information. In particular, they promised to cover the intelligent design aspects of solar eclipses.
Today they’re making good on that promise. The latest post at their creationist blog is Great American Eclipse: A Teachable Moment. As before, it has no author’s by-line. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
The total solar eclipse coming to America on August 21 — the first one to cross the continental U.S. in 99 years — will be the most watched, most studied eclipse in history. But do your friends, family and acquaintances appreciate the significance of these rare astronomical events? We want to help you with resources and information to make the Great American Eclipse a teachable moment about design in nature.
[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] We’re going to learn about design in nature! They say:
Scientific materialists view the alignment of the earth, sun, and moon, with the near-perfect match of apparent diameters of the sun and the moon (despite their vast differences in size) as just a coincidence — as indeed, they must.
That’s because scientific materialists are fools! But the Discoveroids know better. They tell us:
It may actually be a coincidence. Design advocates, though, have the freedom to consider the evidence without being restricted to chance and natural law alone. Consider the following.
[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] Discoveroids — being unhinged to reality — have the freedom to consider supernatural causes that materialists are too blind to think about.
What follows is an incredible list of ten — yes, ten! — factors that you, dear reader, have never allowed yourself to think about. We know you’re going to click over there to see them all, so we’ll give you only a few of them: Here we go:
1. By universal acclaim, total solar eclipses are fearsome and awesome phenomena, the most wondrous astronomical events that can be witnessed from the surface of the earth.
2. The match is often so perfect, it permits views of the very thin chromosphere of the sun. The corona, otherwise swamped by sunlight, also gleams with brilliant light. These would not be possible if the moon were slightly larger.
3. Many bodies in the solar system cast shadows on planets, but the earth is the only place in the solar system where a perfect match can (and does) occur.
[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] Earth is unique! The fascinating list continues:
4. Earth is also the only location that has sentient observers who can appreciate eclipses.
[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] The intelligent designer — blessed be he! — doesn’t waste total solar eclipses on lesser worlds where they can’t be appreciated! The Discoveroids’ list goes on:
7. The predictability of eclipses both in time and location speaks to the precision of the “clockwork of the heavens,” informing philosophers of science about the nature of “laws of nature.” The onset and duration of an eclipse can be predicted down to the second for any point on the earth.
[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] We don’t know what that item has to do with intelligent design, but we’re in a mood to swoon anyway. Here are the last two items:
9. The factors that produce perfect eclipses are also closely related to the requirements for earth’s habitability. This makes it less likely the alignment is mere coincidence.
10. Total eclipses are temporary, because the moon is receding from the earth. Why should the alignment be perfect right when humans are present to enjoy them?
[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] Verily, the only explanation is that it’s the work of the intelligent designer.
The rest of their post is routine information you can get at NASA’s eclipse page, where they have dozens of links to information. The Discoveroids finish their post with a promise of more to come:
And this is just for starters. Watch for more about the eclipse here at Evolution News [the Discoveroids’ creationist blog].
We’ll be watching. And we know that you’ll be watching too, dear reader.
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