This one at the creationist blog of the Discovery Institute is weird — really weird. It’s titled Earth — The Mystery of Our Colorful Home, and it was written by Guillermo Gonzalez, or “Gonzo” as we call him. He co-authored the classic creationist book, The Privileged Planet, a “fine tuning” argument applied to Earth. Here are some excerpts from Gonzo’s post, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
“Oh my God! Look at that picture over there! There’s the Earth coming up! Wow, that’s pretty!” These were the words William Anders spoke to the other two Apollo 8 crew members, Jim Lovell and Frank Borman, just before he took the now famous “earthrise” picture on December 24, 1968.
Everyone knows that photo, but if you don’t, you can see it at Wikipedia: Earthrise. You’re probably wondering: What does that have to do with creationism? Be patient, dear reader. We assume Gonzo will get to it. He says:
Notice how Anders reacted to the view of Earth rising over the lunar limb; these were obviously spontaneous reactions to something that caught him off guard. He expressed surprise and noted how pretty it looked. [So what?] These are expressions of beauty. A beautiful thing surprises us. The fact that the earthrise pictures have been reproduced so many times speaks to their universal appeal. Probably most people react the same way Anders did the first time they see the picture.
Come on, Gonzo — where’s the creationism? He tells us:
Reflecting on his experience from 50 years before, Anders wrote, “The Earth we saw rising over the battered grey lunar surface was small and delicate, a magnificent spot of color in the vast blackness of space…. We are all, together, stewards of this fragile treasure.” … Earth’s vivid colors contrast with the moon’s dull grey surface. To Carl Sagan and his followers [wretched secularists, all of them,] Earth is merely a pale blue dot set against the vast emptiness of space (when viewed from a great distance), but to those with different eyes Earth is like a precious jewel in the rough (think emerald).
Ooooooooooooh! Gonzo has the sensitivity to see Earth with different eyes! He continues:
Up close, Earth offers yet more beauty — verdant hills, white sandy beaches, turquoise lakes, towering mountains, deep red canyons, rainbows, and colorful sunsets and sunrises, to name a few instances. … In most of these cases, vibrant color is an important part of what makes a thing beautiful.
We still haven’t seen any creationism. Let’s read on:
Space artist Don Davis has produced a helpful website [link omitted] where he discusses the true colors of the planets (and some moons) in the Solar System. Scrolling down near the bottom of the page, you will see color patches representing the colors present on the surfaces of the bodies in their proper proportions. Earth displays a more diverse range of colors than the other bodies. It comes closest to having all the colors of the rainbow.
Yeah, yeah — Mars is red, Uranus is blue — but so what? Is there ever going to be any creationism in this thing? Here’s another excerpt:
It seems curious that the only body in the Solar System known to be inhabited would be the most colorful and, arguably, the most beautiful one. Why would color and beauty be associated with life?
Okay, we give up. Tell us, Gonzo — why? Here comes the explanation:
Materialists have attempted to explain beauty in living things by appealing to natural and sexual selection, but these seem inadequate [omitted link to a Discoveroid article]. Note that merely providing physical explanations for these phenomena, such as rainbows and green plants, will not answer our question.
All right, all right — what’s the answer? We’re at the end of Gonzo’s post, so it’s time for him to show us what he’s got:
Certainly, there is no logical reason why life should be wedded to the transcendental value of beauty.
Huh? That’s it? We seem to be missing something. Can you explain it to us, dear reader?
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