ICR: All the Proof You Could Ever Want

After all the time your Curmudgeon has been blogging and you’ve been reading, you’re still looking for evidence, aren’t you? No problem. What we found today at the website of the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) — the fountainhead of young-earth creationist wisdom — will surely satisfy your longing.

The title of their new post is Look Up and See His Handiwork . It was written by Jayme Durant, described at the end as: “Director of Communications at the Institute for Creation Research.” Very impressive! Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

The Institute for Creation Research staff recently had a sneak peek at the ICR Discovery Center’s planetarium show that will soon be open to the public. As I sat there gazing up at the dome “sky” and witnessing things in space we don’t normally see when we stargaze on a backyard blanket, I was overwhelmed by the majesty of our Creator.

Ooooooooooooh! Jayme was overwhelmed. She says:

I wonder if that’s how Abram felt when the Lord told him to look at the sky and count the stars (Genesis 15:5). While God often reveals mysteries by telling us about them, He loves to teach us by showing us His work. God doesn’t just put words in a book and say “learn this important stuff.” He shows us! He told Abram to look.

She’s right. In that bible verse, Abraham was told to get out there and look at the evidence. Here it is, read it for yourself:

Genesis 15:5 King James Version
And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.

That’s a lot of seed! Jayme tells us:

The planetarium show, Creation in the Solar System, features up-close looks of the planets, the sun, the dwarf planet Pluto, and other wonders in space. … The message is one the viewer won’t hear at a secular planetarium: “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork” (Psalm 19:1). We see how the sun is perfectly calibrated to support life on Earth [Perfectly calibrated!] and how planets and moons demonstrate God’s creativity. The film underscores the foundational theme “The more we explore the solar system and find evidence for a young universe [Hee hee!], the more we discover that the creation account in Genesis is true.”

Wowie — it makes you want to get over to ICR and watch the show, doesn’t it? She continues:

Most science classes, museums, and textbooks present science through the eyes of humans who often do not acknowledge God as the Creator of the universe. [Gasp!] And they get the science wrong because they base their teaching on presuppositions that deny the existence of a Creator — they follow their imaginations rather than good science methods. They fail to observe His handiwork and therefore don’t really see the truth. [The fools!]

Jayme’s final paragraph is really powerful:

God’s design in the universe is always on display, even without the advantage of a state-of-the-art planetarium. We only need to look up. That blazing sun didn’t get there by accident, and neither did the orbiting moon and twinkling stars. We can align what we see with what we know to be true in Scripture — it’s all the work of His hands.

Okay, dear reader. Our title promised you proof, and we delivered it. If you’re still one of those hell-bound secular science types, then you have no excuse, and the Lake of Fire awaits you.

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18 responses to “ICR: All the Proof You Could Ever Want

  1. The presentation would have been fine for the people from the stone age. Only the “dwarf planet Pluto” would have confused them.

  2. “what we know to be true in Scripture”
    Yeah. Like pi equals three and bats are birds.

  3. “God’s design in the universe is always on display…”

    Wouldn’t you think He’d have thought to display the plans or blueprints somewhere prominently, too, so we could get some idea of whether the plans matched the reality? ‘Cos it all looks a bit haphazard to me, as if He hadn’t quite thought the whole thing through.

    I dunno, maybe they’re stashed away somewhere, in a chest, like the Ark of the Covenant, and no-one’s game to lift the lid, lest they loose all sorts of horrid spooks and phantoms upon the world.

  4. “what we know to be true in Scripture”

    Including the Earth is flat and doesn’t move, stars are lights in the sky that will eventually fall down to the ground, walls can get leprosy, illness is due to demons, magic really works, ancient Hebrews were slaves in Egypt despite the bibles not mentioning the pyramids and not knowing about the existence of domestic cats, placing striped sticks in cattle breeding grounds alters the genetics to cause striped calves to be born, staring at a brass snake cures snakebite, man was created before the animals, a worldwide flood killed everything except that was aboard Noah’s big box (which did not include aquariums, plants, etc), if you believe the biblical BS you will get to “live” forever but if you don’t you get eternal torture, … the list is nearly endless.

    People who redefine words to match their brain dead agenda habitually don’t know or even want to know the real meanings of words.

  5. Among the number of stupid ideas put forth by Jayme there’s the bit about the comparison of the number of stars to the number of Abraham’s seed in Genesis. Even if Jayme thinks it’s about the number of sperm cells old Abe produced in his entire life, rather than just his descendants, there are many orders of magnitude more stars in the universe. Jayme’s favorite god thing ain’t too good at numbers. I doubt he/she/it could master the physics to build a universe with that lousy understanding of maths.

  6. Charles Deetz ;)

    “That blazing sun didn’t get there by accident.” Flaming ball of heat gas and gravity dropped in apparently after the Earth was already there. And everything was set in spinning motion without a hitch. Makes perfect sense now that you mention it. Sheesh.

  7. May I ask, proof of What?
    What happens, if it doesn’t involve evolution, that the world of life turns out as it does?
    I know that it is complex, but how does it happen? Out of all of the possibilities,
    this way, rather than something else?

  8. BTW, reading the Bible literally
    “The heavens declare” tells us that the heavens are speaking a language, so that SETI, the search for messages from aliens, is apt to be successful.
    “The firmament shows” means that there is that solid body that holds the Sun, Moon and stars since day 4, according to Genesis 1.

  9. @ChrisS
    The Pentateuch is the written plan for the creation.
    My question is why does one think that God has recourse to plans? Are there constraints on his actions? When he decides that tab A goes in slot 1 does he have to make sure that they match, and that slot 1 is not also filled by tab H? Does he take care that there are not pieces left over? Does he remember to have a Phillips screwdriver and duct tape?

  10. “He stretcheth out the Heavens, beyond compare. He lovingly, personally hand-crafteth each blazing star to perfection, and blasteth with his breath every dead, lifeless world He deemeth not to be worthy of His eternal love. He dippeth His toes into the inky black night, and idly swirleth the galaxies with a beneficent pinky.

    In sudden fury, he flicketh the humblest twinkling star into oblivion — one not knoweth why, best not ask — and pineth for a mortal companion. He inscribeth her name in the constellations: Mary. He setteth about the artful game of seduction, ignoring the clamor of the #Metooeth angels who caution prudence in these matters” (Psalm Enchanted Evening 23:7).

  11. Richard Bond

    We see how the sun is perfectly calibrated to support life on Earth

    Is that why the Sun’s maximum output is light in the green part of the spectrum, which is poorly absorbed by plants?

  12. @Richard Bond
    As if God could not support life on Earth if the Sun were not perfectly calibrated. That is, calibrated according to the 21st century scientific understanding of what it takes to support life on Earth.

    Surely, God could have caused birds to fly with their bones made of solid gold, with their veins full of quicksilver, with their flesh heavier than lead, and with their wings exceedingly small. Galileo

    Who knows what callibrattion is perfect for supporting life on Earth? After all, the Bible tells us that there was flourishing plant life on Earth on day 3, one day before there was a Sun in the Firmament.

  13. @TomS wonders: “Who knows what callibrattion is perfect for supporting life on Earth?”
    God, obviously.

  14. @FrankB
    And what does this tell us about those who claim to know the answer?

    Hint: As I mentioned, on day 3 there was not a Sun in the Firmament, while after day 4 there was a Sun in the Firmament, so locaton vis-a-vis the Firmament is not part of the perfect calibration. And then in Isaiah 30:26 Moreover the light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun shall be sevenfold, as the light of seven days, in the day that the LORD bindeth up the breach of his people, and healeth the stroke of their wound. So seven times as bright is stiil within the parameters of perfect calibration.

  15. “And what does this tell us about those who claim to know the answer?”
    I don’t know what it tells others or you, but it tells me what I’ve pointed out quite a few times before: utter arrogance that’s completely the opposite of the teachings of their messias claimant. Highly unsurprising, isn’t it?

  16. The planetarium show, Creation in the Solar System, features up-close looks of the planets, the sun, the dwarf planet Pluto, and other wonders in space. … The message is one the viewer won’t hear at a secular planetarium: “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork” (Psalm 19:1). We see how the sun is perfectly calibrated to support life on Earth. [Perfectly calibrated!] and how planets and moons demonstrate God’s creativity.

    Ii couldn’t be, I suppose, that life on Earth is (more or less) “perfectly calibrated” (that is, evolved) to live under the influence of our plant’s sun.

    The film underscores the foundational theme “The more we explore the solar system and find evidence for a young universe [Hee hee!], the more we discover that the creation account in Genesis is true.”

    Snicker. What evidence? Where?

    Oh, that’s right. Those evil secularists at NASA are part of the grand conspiracy against God launched by Darwin, Marx and Freud in the nineteenth century.

  17. @Eric Lipps
    What evidence?
    The real question which the creationists have been steadfastly ignoring is rather:
    What account?
    Where does Genesis have something to offer about the kind of phenomena that evolutionary biology addresses?
    What happens so that the world of life is organized as if there is descent with modification?
    Only when there is a clearly stated hypothesis does it make snese to talk about any evdence for it.
    And the Bible does not have anything to say about taxonomy, biogeography, the observation of evolution in the lab and in the wild, etc. etc. Nor does “Intelligent Design”.

  18. Presumably we can look forward to the farce of ICR claiming that school field trips to their museum/planetarium are perfectly allowable and consistent with the study of science, history, etc.