Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in one of our best sources — the Daily Mining Gazette of Houghton, Michigan (population 7,708) in the northwestern portion of that state’s Upper Peninsula. The letter is titled Mysterious moon above us at night. The newspaper has a comments feature, but with no comments yet.
Because the writer isn’t a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote her by using her full name. Her first name is Marilyn. Excerpts from her letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, some bold font for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]. Here we go!
Do you ever think about our mysterious moon? [No, never!] Often our moon is described as dead, geologically inactive, and unchanging. Are you aware it has volcanic eruptions and seismic activity (moonquakes)? [Really?] What’s the issue? If the moon is indeed billions of years old, it should have cooled off long ago. It can’t be that old!
Wowie — this is amazing! Then she says:
Most moonquakes are due to the sun’s heat or gravitational effects. Four Apollo missions placed seismometers on the moon which functioned for eight years, sending back data on thousands of moonquakes. Occasionally human-built objects were crashed into the moon surface (to calibrate the seismometers). [Fascinating!] Still, many moonquakes don’t fit the “dead moon” model.
What’s going on up there? Marilyn tells us:
Many people, with even small telescopes, have observed transient lunar phenomena (TLP). Described as bright spots, colored glows, light streaks and mists, they can last for hours. The moon is tectonically active. This implies “youth” [Gasp!] — consistent with a Biblical creation thousands of years ago.
That means Genesis is true! This is amazing! Marilyn continues:
Thomas Watters (Smithsonian Institution) said, “The whole (evolution) idea…just flies in the face of conventional wisdom.”
NASA issued a press release eight months ago about Watters and moonquakes — see Shrinking Moon May Be Generating Moonquakes. It says nothing about the Moon’s being young. Regarding that “flies in the face” remark, we found that in National Geographic: The moon may be tectonically active, and geologists are shaken, which says:
“The whole idea that a 4.6-billion-year-old rocky body like the moon has managed to stay hot enough in the interior and produce this network of faults just flies in the face of conventional wisdom,” says study coauthor Thomas Watters of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
That’s not the same thing Marilyn “quoted.” It looks like Watters thinks the Moon is old, therefore its interior can’t still be hot, so he and his team cane up with a different explanation for the quakes. PhysOrg has an article about it too — The moon is quaking as it shrinks, but it doesn’t remotely suggest that the Moon is young.
We’re shocked — shocked! Marilyn seems to have quote-mined Watters. Let’s return to her letter:
God created everything in six days just like we’re told in the Bible. No other God or god, Supreme Deity or Force worshiped among men has offered Himself sacrificially for the salvation of his image-bearers. That’s you! You’re not just a clod of molecules “evolving” without hope or purpose!
You’re not just a clod of evolving molecules, dear reader. Isn’t that great?
The next few paragraphs of Marilyn’s letter talk about the amazing characteristics of the octopus, and how well designed it is. We’ll let you read that for yourself if you’re interested. She ends her letter with this:
Dear reader, if you’re not a born-again believer, this new year is the perfect time to make that happen. What must you do? Simple. Repent and ask Jesus’ forgiveness. Then be obedient to Him and read your Bible daily.
Thanks, Marilyn. That was good advice and great information about the Moon. Don’t you agree, dear reader?
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