Once again we visit Jason Lisle — the creationist astrophysicist — at his own website. After previously working for the Institute for Creation Research, and then ol’ Hambo’s Answers in Genesis, he’s now running his own show — the Biblical Science Institute.
He just posted Worlds of Creation: The Sun. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
“And God made the two great lights, the greater light to govern the day, and the lesser light to govern the night; He made the stars also.” (Genesis 1:16).
Yes, that’s what the Good Book says. In full context, starting with Genesis 1:14 (King James version, of course) it says:
14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:
15 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.
16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.
17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,
18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.
19 And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.
That’s right, the Sun didn’t exist until the fourth day of creation. But don’t be confused, dear reader. Jason tells us:
The purpose of the Sun, the reason it was created, was to govern the day by setting its boundaries, to give light upon the Earth, and to separate light from darkness (Genesis 1:14-19). It is for our benefit! The sun is not a god, although many ancient cultures worshipped it as such. It is not the primary or ultimate source of life. Rather it is a creation of the God who is the primary, ultimate source of life. Perhaps this is why God Himself provided light on Earth for the first three days, delaying the creation of the sun until day 4. It shows that the sun is not primary.
Aha, that explains it! The Sun wasn’t needed to provide light, so it’s creation was delayed to emphasize its insignificance. Jason continues:
The sun is a creation of God to give light upon the Earth and to govern the day and separate light from dark. And the sun does exactly these things. It illuminates the Earth and governs the day by determining its boundary; if the sun is above the horizon, it is day, otherwise it is night. [Oh, that’s how it works!] But the way in which the sun fulfills its God-ordained role is fascinating, and altogether unexpected.
Unexpected? Let’s read on:
We might at first suspect that the sun is relatively small, close to the Earth, and circles the Earth every 24 hours. After all, that’s all it would take to accomplish its purpose. [Only an idiot would think that!] A human engineer would not waste resources by building something that is far in excess of its intended purpose. And indeed, many ancient cultures believed that the sun was an object much smaller than Earth and that it circled the Earth once every day.
Jason doesn’t mention it, but that’s precisely the biblical view of things. Everyone knows that Yahweh caused the sun and moon to stand still, so that during the conquest of Canaan, Joshua could finish a battle in daylight. Instead of that, Jason tells us:
But God is not an engineer; He is God. His thinking is infinitely superior to ours. And since He creates out of nothing, He is not limited by resources. So, we should not suppose that God must do things the way we would. That would be bad theology and bad science. And astronomy is full of counter-examples. The sun does all the things required of it, but it does far more than this. Not only does it illuminate and determine daytime for Earth, but for all the planets and moons of the solar system. [Why?] Furthermore, this greater light is far larger than the Earth – over 100 times the diameter of Earth. And it is not the sun that goes around the Earth, but the Earth that orbits the sun. [What about Galileo’s heresy trial?] The Lord certainly has a wonderful sense of irony. And He has ways of humbling us when we feel that the entire universe should revolve around us. It doesn’t!
It’s amazing that Jason can be aware of all this and still be a young-Earth creationist — but that’s what he is. Everyone remembers Jason Lisle’s “Instant Starlight” Paper. Anyway, after skipping several paragraphs of astronomical information about the Sun, we come to this:
The sun is designed to accommodate life on Earth. [Designed!] It is the right distance and right temperature for the Earth to have liquid water – an essential ingredient for life. Some stars are far hotter and brighter than the sun. In order for a planet orbiting a blue star to have the right temperature for life, it would have to orbit at a much greater distance. But blue stars emit far more ultraviolet radiation than the sun. Such radiation is destructive to life. Red dwarf stars are far cooler and fainter than the sun. To have liquid water, a planet orbiting a red dwarf would have to orbit much closer than Earth does. But red dwarf stars produce far less visible light in proportion to infrared radiation than the sun does. The sky of such a world would be considerably darker than that of Earth.
Ooooooooooooh! Everything is perfect, just for us! And now we come to the end:
The sun unusually stable. Many stars pulsate, drastically changing their size and brightness over time, sometimes in a matter of days. Such pulsations would produce extreme temperature variations on any planet in orbit, making life impossible. … The Lord designed the sun to do what it does; and it does it very well.
We don’t know what to say about stuff like this, from someone like Jason. What do you think, dear reader?
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