The picture above this post is one that everyone has seen by now. We copied ours from NASA (the National Aeronautics and Space Administration), whose website has this article: Black Hole Image Makes History; NASA Telescopes Coordinated Observations. A few brief excerpts should be sufficient:
A black hole and its shadow have been captured in an image for the first time, a historic feat by an international network of radio telescopes called the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT). EHT is an international collaboration whose support in the U.S. includes the National Science Foundation.
The stunning new image shows the shadow of the supermassive black hole in the center of Messier 87 (M87), an elliptical galaxy some 55 million light-years from Earth. This black hole is 6.5 billion times the mass of the Sun. Catching its shadow involved eight ground-based radio telescopes around the globe, operating together as if they were one telescope the size of our entire planet.
You can click over there and read it all if you like. We just wanted to describe the image as a way of introducing the latest new post from the Discovery Institute. Their creationist blog features this article: First Ever Black Hole Image Points to Cosmology’s Big Message, written by Klinghoffer. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
Discovery Institute astronomer Guillermo Gonzalez identifies two important points about the Event Horizon Telescope’s (EHT) exciting first ever image of a black hole.
Wowie — we’re about to learn about two important points from Guillermo Gonzalez, or “Gonzo” as we call him. He’s a Discoveroid “senior fellow” who co-authored the classic creationist book, The Privileged Planet, a “fine tuning” argument applied to Earth. Pay attention, dear reader. Here’s Gonzo’s first important point:
First, CNN and other media outlets notwithstanding, the image from galaxy M87 is not really a photo of a black hole. You can’t take a photo of a black hole: … .
We’re skipping a big excerpt from an article by Gonzo on that point. He’s technically correct, but it’s not a big deal. Here’s his next important point:
Much more profoundly, Dr. Gonzalez comments on the implications of the image for the great meaning at the heart of today’s cosmology:
Ooooooooooooh! The “great meaning at the heart of today’s cosmology.” Here’s Klinghoffer’s quote from Gonzo, which we’ll break into two parts:
The EHT images of the vicinity of the event horizon of the black hole in M87 provide new strong gravity regime tests of general relativity. And, the new data do indeed confirm the predictions of general relativity. This follows in the heels of the impressive first direct detection of gravity waves in 2015, made a century after Einstein predicted their existence. General relativity forms the foundation of modern cosmology, and, in particular, the Big Bang theory.
Okay, the existence of black holes is consistent with general relativity. We got that. Now here’s Gonzo’s stunning revelation:
The Big Bang strongly implies a beginning to the material universe and an immaterial cause.
Did you get that? It was right at the end of Gonzo’s last sentence. The big bang theory “strongly implies” that the universe had an immaterial cause!
Wowie! Do you realize what this means? That image — according to the Discoveroids — is direct evidence of Oogity Boogity! The intelligent designer — blessed be he! — created the universe, life, and you. That image is all the proof you need.
You’re gasping in amazement, aren’t you? Of course you are! And here’s Klinghoffer’s concluding paragraph:
An “immaterial cause” behind the origin of the universe is the Big Bang’s big message. [Gasp!] I bet you didn’t encounter that startling point in any of the rest of the excited news coverage of the EHT’s impressive achievement.
He’s right. And once again, dear reader, we’ve encountered one of the The Ten Laws of Creationism — that everything is evidence of intelligent design.
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