It’s amazing what you can learn at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), the creationist ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. That’s where we found this headline: Yet Another New Moon Formation Theory, written by ol’ Hambo himself. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
It seems that every other month there’s another article about a new moon-formation hypothesis. This month it’s that “the moon may have formed in a vaporised, doughnut-shaped Earth.” This new model suggests that 4.5 billion years ago something collided with earth, causing it to mushroom out into a “seething, spinning cloud of vaporised rock that resembled a squished jelly doughnut.” Then, within earth’s “puffy edges,” our moon formed.
Hambo links to this week-old article in New Scientist: The moon may have formed in a vaporised, doughnut-shaped Earth, from which he got his information. There’s also an article about it from a week ago at PhysOrg: Making the moon: Study details new story for how the moon formed. Both are about this paper, published in Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets: The origin of the Moon within a terrestrial synestia. Without a subscription, all you can read is the abstract, which says:
The giant impact hypothesis remains the leading theory for lunar origin. However, current models struggle to explain the Moon’s composition and isotopic similarity with Earth. Here we present a new lunar origin model. … Our model shifts the paradigm for lunar origin from specifying a certain impact scenario to achieving a Moon-forming synestia. Giant impacts that produce potential Moon-forming synestias were common at the end of terrestrial planet formation.
Okay, back to Hambo. He tells us:
This new model comes from computer simulations of the supposed [Hee hee!] early earth. These simulations showed a post-collision, shape-shifting early earth, which was a “previously unrecognised planetary structure.” The researcher said, “We bashed our head against the wall for like two years” before they “pieced together what actually was happening” (spoiler alert: that’s not what happened).
Thanks for the spoiler, Hambo!
As for that “bashed our head against the wall” quote, it appears in the New Scientist article, but it’s it’s unlikely to have been in the published paper, so it probably comes from some interview. Hambo continues:
They decided that what must have happened is that chunks of debris slammed together and formed a proto-moon and heavy “silica rain” helped the moon grow. Eventually the doughnut earth shrank and — pop! — there was our moon!
As you may have guessed, ol’ Hambo disagrees. Let’s read on:
Evolutionary scientists keep coming up with moon-formation ideas, and they will continue to do so, because they have the wrong starting point. The right starting point is God’s Word which tells us
And God made the two great lights — the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night — and the stars. (Genesis 1:16)
Yes — you gotta have the right starting point! He concludes with this:
We don’t need to come up with crazy moon-formation ideas or bang our heads against the wall, because we already know how the moon was formed: God made it on the fourth day of the Creation Week!
So there you are. Hambo doesn’t need any “crazy moon-formation ideas.” He’s got the bible.
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