There is no creationist outfit more agitated about next week’s solar eclipse than the Discovery Institute. Our last post about them in this series was Eclipse Mania — The Discoveroids, Part 2.
For their latest revelation, the Discoveroids have turned to an expert — Jay W. Richards, a Discoveroid senior fellow and co-author with Guillermo Gonzalez, or “Gonzo” as we call him, of the classic creationist book, The Privileged Planet, a “fine tuning” argument applied to Earth. Richards was a former faculty member at Biola University, a bible college, where he taught apologetics.
Richards’ new post is titled Don’t Miss the Solar Eclipse! (Unless You Are Ill, or Trapped in a Dungeon). Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
Do you plan to see the total solar eclipse on August 21? No? What? Are you ill, or trapped in a dungeon? C’mon. This is the first time in almost a century that a total eclipse will traverse the fruited plains from coast to coast. You’ve got to see it if you can! Thousands of people from around the globe will come to the U.S. to catch the eclipse. If you live in one of the lower 48 states of the U.S., though, you can catch an eclipse without showing anyone your passport.
Then he goes on for several paragraphs explaining to the Discoveroids’ drooling readers what an eclipse is. You already know that at stuff, so we’ll skip it. For additional information about the solar eclipse that will cross the US on 21 August. — one week from today! — here’s NASA’s eclipse page, where they have dozens of links to information.
After an ark-load of blather, Richards finally gets around to bringing creationism into it. He says:
Have you noticed the odd coincidence? The Moon and the Sun aren’t much alike. Yes, they’re spherical. But one is a giant ball of gas and plasma. The other is a much smaller rock.
Yes, but what’s the “odd coincidence”? He tells us:
And yet, during a total eclipse, they mark off the same space in our sky. They match.
Gasp — your Curmudgeon is stunned! Richards explains:
That’s because the Sun is about four hundred times larger than our Moon, but also about four hundred times farther away.
Ah, so that explains it! And now we come to the end, which is a teaser:
Eerie, huh? Is that nice fit just a coincidence? Or is there something more to it? I’ll answer that in another post.
Your Curmudgeon is overwhelmed by this cosmic coincidence! What does it mean? We can’t wait for Richards’ next post.
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