We posted seven different times about the Discovery Institute’s claim that eclipses of the Sun are rock-solid evidence for their “theory” of intelligent design. The last time was a year ago — Eclipse Mania — The Discoveroids, Part 7 — and it links to our earlier posts on the subject.
The “science” for the Discoveroids’ claims about this usually comes from Jay W. Richards, a Discoveroid senior fellow, and his co-author Guillermo Gonzalez, or “Gonzo” as we call him. He’s also a Discoveroid senior fellow Together they wrote the classic creationist book, The Privileged Planet, a “fine tuning” argument applied to Earth.
Today at the Discoveroids’ creationist blog they just posted Eclipse Miracle — An ID Book for Children. [Ooooooooooooh! An intelligent design book for children!], and it was written by non other than Gonzo himself. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
I received a pleasant surprise in my office mail last week. The author and illustrator of a children’s book, Eclipse Miracle: The Sun Is the Same Size as the Moon in the Sky [Amazon link], sent me a complimentary signed copy.
Creationist professional courtesy — how nice. We went to the Amazon link and discovered that the publisher was something named Hole in the Rock Publishing. We can’t find any information about them, so we’ll just continue with the Discoveroid post. Gonzo says:
In the enclosed letter, Sand Sheff [the book’s author] explained that he had just watched The Privileged Planet DVD with his family. [Thrilling!] He wrote, “It was the first scientific public mention I have ever heard of the profound reality of the sun/moon alignment.” Sand completed the book a few months prior to the great American solar eclipse of 2017. [Great timing!] He drove to towns along the path of totality to promote the message in his book.
It’s good to see an author so committed to his work. After that, Gonzo tells us:
It is encouraging to me that someone else came to the same basic conclusion about eclipses as I did following my observation of a total solar eclipse in India in 1995. [He may be the only one!] There aren’t very many children’s books about intelligent design. This is a welcome addition.
Verily, it’s an intellectual avalanche! Gonzo continues:
This week would be a good opportunity to discuss the “Eclipse Miracle” with your own children; sending the book as a gift would be a good idea too.
Why this week? Gonzo explains:
On June 10 an annular solar eclipse will be visible from parts of Canada just north of the Great Lakes. [Annular?]
Gonzo explains that term, and it’s the end of his post:
An annular eclipse occurs when the Moon is a little too far away to completely cover the Sun in the sky. It’s called a “ring of fire” when seen at sunrise or sunset on the horizon.
Hey — wait a minute! If it’s not a perfect eclipse, then it can’t be evidence that we were designed to live on a perfect planet. In fact, it’s evidence that things aren’t perfect. What’s going on here?
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