ICR: The Miracle of Chemistry

Did you know that chemistry is evidence of divine creation? No? Well, you’re about to learn. We found this at the website of the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) — the fountainhead of young-earth creationist wisdom. Their article is titled Formed to Be Inhabited — Chemistry Glorifies the Creator God of the Bible.

[Correction: This thing is from Answers in Genesis, not ICR. Sorry about the mix-up.]

It was written by Frost Smith, about whom we know nothing. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and his scripture references omitted:

When we think of evidence for God, we often consider examples of design in biology or even astronomy. And well we should, for our Creator has made himself quite evident in this way, and has even said so. But, especially when we see Scripture refer to “invisible things” as being evidence for our Creator, do we often think of chemistry?

Frankly, no, we never think of chemistry that way. Frost says:

For many people, chemistry is a bit daunting. [Hee hee!] It is arguably less tangible [Hun?] than observing the beauty in the design of bioluminescence or the way a bee can discern polarized light and do a waggle dance to communicate complex instructions to its hive. And while the amazing aspects about the universe are beyond our reach, they can be strikingly observable when major astronomic events occur, such as the recent solar eclipse that awed so many of us this past summer.

Verily, they’re all incomprehensible! Then Frost asks a profound question about chemistry:

But what, besides the occasional baking soda volcano experiment, can chemistry show us?

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! We haven’t seen a baking soda volcano since the sixth grade! Frost tells us:

With the winter months staring down the northern hemisphere, it can be painfully obvious if we just look — or perhaps if we don’t! Ice is a wonder of God’s creation, but if we don’t notice it we might find ourselves off the side of the road or sprawled on the cold sidewalk. Yes, even the mundane ice and water that we take for granted tell an awesome tale of a caring Creator who planned the chemical properties of even the most ubiquitous elements and molecules to make this world perfectly suited for the life that he glorified himself in creating.

Ice is a miracle! Frost continues:

As many a creation scientist will attest [Hee hee!], it brings them joy to bring glory to God by discovering more about him through his creation and relaying those discoveries to others. With that in mind, we encourage you to dig out your periodic table and join us in this quest to honor and see God through chemistry.

[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] The periodic table reveals God! Let’s read on:

In the upcoming article series, we will explore just a few basics of chemistry and biochemistry to showcase the majesty and dominion of our God over creation from the atomic level and up. Not only that, but we will demonstrate that this “invisible” and intelligent design points us to the God of the Bible, not some impersonal chemist that does not take an interest in his handiwork.

[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] We can look forward to a whole series of articles about chemistry. This is from Frost’s last paragraph:

We pray you will consider the beauty and complexity of chemistry as part of a logical, ordered creation that we can study because it follows laws. For those who still refuse to see, our God, though he is just and must punish sin, is patient and merciful, and wants man to spend eternity with him. Even in this imperfect universe that has fallen from its original perfect state, we are without excuse if we don’t acknowledge the Creator God of the Bible.

You have no excuse, dear reader. Listen to Frost, and all will be well.

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13 responses to “ICR: The Miracle of Chemistry

  1. Laurettte McGovern

    Of course chemistry is. Apparently, everything is. The next time a creationist explains to me something that is NOT evidence, that will be a first

  2. And here I taught chemistry for almost 40 years and I got it all wrong. I was such a fool!

  3. Walker Mcmurrin

    This Frost Smith is an idiot he absolutely has no idea what he is talking about I hope this blog or someone else will debunk this guy’s nonsense.

  4. Wonder why the creator made so many poisonous substances. And then there are all the diseases that plague us. All made of—–gulp—chemicals. As we are. Delusion has so many fascinating aspects.

  5. I wonder how ICR or AiG would explain this — a dinosaur feather and a tick — trapped in 99 million year old amber! Of course they would dispute the age, but it’s hard to explain amber forming within the time span the YECs are touting for the age of the earth.

    https://www.sciencenews.org/article/ticks-had-taste-dinosaur-blood

  6. “…but if we don’t notice [ice] we might find ourselves off the side of the road…”

    Can’t help but think of the hideous Carrie Underwood song “Jesus Take the Wheel”, and of course the most lovely parody,
    Jesus Don’t Take the Wheel, by Anna Phyllis Smith

    …Don’t throw your hands up in the air
    Keep both hands on the wheel,
    What the f^ck is wrong with you?
    Turn into the god*mn skid…

  7. Frost’s brain has a chemical imbalance, fixated as he is on glory and glorification. Which raises the question, why didn’t the creator simply make a lot of glory, instead of finely tuning subatomic particles to make atoms?

  8. Michael Fugate

    If it were the chemistry of miracles – that would be something. Imagine the chemistry of water into wine, demons into swine, or dead into fine?

  9. We pray you will consider the beauty and complexity of chemistry as part of a logical, ordered creation that we can study because it follows laws. For those who still refuse to see, our God, though he is just and must punish sin, is patient and merciful, and wants man to spend eternity with him. Even in this imperfect universe that has fallen from its original perfect state, we are without excuse if we don’t acknowledge the Creator God of the Bible.

    I see. The fact that natural laws exist proves that Allah the Merciful–er, I mean the Creator God of the Bible–not only exists but also wants us all to “spend eternity with him.” (Shouldn’t that be “Him”? Never mind.)

    If this drivel is the best creationists can come up with, they deserve all the mockery they complain they’re getting from us hell-bound heathens.

  10. @scientist
    William Paley asked a similar question ?why did not God give us direct perception of sight, rather than going through the mechanics of nature? Paley suggested that it was a way of showing his power.
    As if that show of reliance on natural laws would show unlimited power. One

  11. Even on creacrap terms Frosty fails badly.

    “mundane ice and water that we take for granted”
    No physicist, chemist or biologist takes them for granted, because ice and water are not only exceptional, without this exceptionality life as we know it would not be possible.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Properties_of_water#Density_of_water_and_ice

    As a result ice floats on water. Almost always a material in its solid form has a higher densitiy than in its liquid form.
    Frosty seems to be blissfully ignorant about this.

  12. Is this for real? AIG deliberately uses the phase “intelligent design”.

    Ever since Kitzmuller vs Dover I’ve wondered how ICR could ever survive the court’s finding that “ID is a religious view, a mere re-labeling of creationism, and not a scientific theory”. Their Top10 Stories of 2017 just confirms ICR’s patent and pathetic lack of substance. Could this be the first shot in a hostile (or not) takeover whereby AIG embraces ID and makes ICR irrelevant?

  13. @mnb0
    The fact that ice floats on water has been used (I’m not sure how seriously) as an example of divine care for life. If ice were heavier than water, then bodies of water would frezze all the way to the bottom. As the top layer would form ice, then, being heavier, it would sink to the bottom, and then the water on the top would freeze, and so on. And the life in the water would be frozen in the ice, and die.