Eclipses and Intelligent Design — for Children

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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11 responses to “Eclipses and Intelligent Design — for Children

  1. I agree with Gonzo. Its all just a giant miraculous , mysterious world held together by supernatural forces, mysticism and coincidence that just cannot be described by logic, reason, science or research. Hence the book. Burn all the other books.

  2. Lies are a burning thing
    And they make for a fiery zing
    Gonzo allowed a lie to pass
    When Gonzo talked out of his ass

    Gonzo ran around with his pants on fire
    Doused himself in water
    But the flames went ever higher
    And it burns, burns, burns
    The Ring of Fire
    The Ring of Fire

    Here’s a lie from Gonzo’s lips:
    “It’s a miracle!” — no, it’s just an eclipse
    Intelligent Design is on the skids
    Look out now
    They’ll come for the kids!

    Gonzo fell into a burning ring of fire…

    — with apologies to June Carter Cash and Merle Kilgore

  3. Very simple. The times when it is perfect, it’s perfect. The times when it’s not perfect, it’s waiting for the opportunity to be perfect. The moon always strives for perfection, which implies lunar intelligence.

  4. Dave Luckett

    richard: exactly. A implies God. Not-A also implies God. Perfect circle, complete, inviolable. Take that, atheist!

    The Earth-Moon system appears to be very slightly unstable. It seems that the moon has been very slowly receding throughout its history. We happen to be present at this point in its – ahem! – evolution. But here’s Gonzales telling us that it’s a miracle.

    It’s as though some minds can’t grasp the idea of slow change – that is, changes that are too small and slow to be noticed on a scale of human lifetimes or human history. These minds assume – in fact, demand – that all things must remain the same, when Heraclitus knew different, in the sixth century BCE. I wonder if creationism is nothing more than that. Surely not.

  5. bewilderbeast

    But . . Was there a need for this book? And WHY was there a need for this book? I thought we already had THE ONLY BOOK That Was Ever Needed . . ??

  6. Laurette McGovern

    Believe me, if the sun and moon were not of equal apparent sizes, to creationists THAT would also be evidence of intelligent design.

  7. If there were eclipses of the Sun despite different apparent sizes of the Sun and the Moon, wouldn’t that be due to some non-natural cause?
    On the other hand, if some agency which were not limited by natural laws, why would it bother with obeying the laws of optics?

  8. Maybe the moon really is 10x smaller, and in reality they are different apparent sizes, and then Jesus magnifies it with his glory.

  9. If the Intelligent Designer is responsible for the fine-tuning of the moon, then suitable prayers by the Forestry Service should do the trick asked of them by distinguished Tea Party Republican Gohmert:

    Texas Republican asks: can we fix the moon’s orbit to fight climate change?

  10. @Megalonyx
    I wonder what one does in reply to such a question. “That is out of my field of specialization.” And don’t bring up anything which might prolong the discussion. Like, who could answer it, where one can learn about it, whether the Forest Service should be interested, etc. Certainly, don’t say anything about the subject.

  11. Megalonyx, several people have asked me to post about Gohmert’s latest. So I guess I will. Wait for it.

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