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Eclipse News from England

You know about today’s eclipse, about which we wrote The End of the World Is Upon Us — Again. Well, the world didn’t end — at least we haven’t noticed if it did — but we have some follow-up news from London’s Daily Telegraph.

Their headline is Schoolchildren banned from watching eclipse on ‘relgious and cultural’ grounds. The newspaper has a comments feature, but you have to scroll way down to see it. Here are some excerpts from the news story, with bold font added by us:

Pupils at North Primary School in Southall were stopped from watching the solar eclipse directly and had to observe it on screens instead. Sometimes known as Little India, Southall is a diverse community in west London with a large Hindi population.

They weren’t allowed to watch the eclipse? Why? We’re told:

Although headteacher Ivor Johnstone would not comment on what the ‘religious and cultural’ reasons were, some Hindu scriptures say that an eclipse makes believers impure.

Ah, that explains it. It makes sense, too. One must avoid impurity. Let’s read on:

And fundamentalists believe that they need to bathe immediately after an eclipse and chant the name of God to overcome the forces of darkness.

That also makes sense. We continue:

However parents said children were disappointed by the decision, arguing that religious superstition had been allowed to overshadow science.

Unbelievers! Here’s more:

Phil Belman, whose seven year old daughter goes to the school, told The Evening Standard: “I am extremely upset about it. “My child went in having spent an hour preparing and making up her pinhole camera. This is an issue about scientific matters versus religious superstition. I am outraged – is it going to be Darwin next? We will be like mid America.”

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! We hope it doesn’t get that bad. Moving along:

Mr Johnstone [the headteacher] said: “The school made this decision when we became aware of religious and cultural concerns associated with observing an eclipse directly. Although we are sorry for any disappointment, pupils were still able to watch the eclipse on screens in classrooms. However, the overcast conditions in West London today meant they would not have been able to see it live in any case.

That’s his excuse — the kids couldn’t have seen the eclipse anyway. Well, let’s look on the bright side — if an eclipse has such. With the clouds and the prohibition on viewing, the children were adequately protected from evil spirits. And that’s what’s important.

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The End of the World Is Upon Us — Again

It was five months ago, in October, when we wrote The End of the World Is Upon Us, which was the most recent in a long series of doomsday predictions we’re reported. That one was about an eclipse scheduled for 08 October.

Now, thanks to the ever-vigilant Drool-o-tron™, with its blaring sirens and flashing lights, we were compelled to notice the blinking letters of its wall display, which said WorldNetDaily (WND). Our computer was locked onto WND’s latest article, Coming solar eclipse seen as ‘judgment’.

If that headline doesn’t frighten you, look at WND’s subtitle: “Event on 1st day of spring estimated to happen only once every 100,000 years.” Aaaargh!! This may be the most important thing we’ve ever posted, so we’ll jump right in. WND says, with bold font added by us:

A solar eclipse coming on March 20 won’t just be an astronomical wonder – it will be an event that may be unprecedented in human history, according to biblical experts who say it is an unmistakable sign of judgment. Root Source Ltd., which provides Christians access to Jewish teachings online, reports the eclipse will darken the sun just in time for the sunrise at the North Pole, where it will be visible for two minutes.

NASA has an article about it, Total Solar Eclipse of 2015 Mar 20, but as they always do, they’re trying to avoid end-of-the-world panic by treating it as a normal event. Let’s get back to WND:

It will happen both on the first day of spring and on the first day of the Jewish religious calendar, the beginning of the month of Nisan. Such an astronomical event only takes place once every 100,000 years, experts said.

Aaaargh!! Let’s read on:

In an exclusive interview with WND, Root Source co-founder Bob O’Dell pointed to the significance of an eclipse visible from the North Pole at this particular time. “The North Pole can’t really be called the territory of any particular nation or people,” O’Dell said. “This is likely a message from God to the entire world.”

Aaaargh!! We continue:

Pastor Mark Biltz, author of “Blood Moons: Decoding the Imminent Heavenly Signs,” sees a heavenly warning in the consequences of the eclipse, especially for the northern Europeans, who will be most affected. In an exclusive interview with WND, Biltz explained, “In Jewish tradition, a total solar eclipse is a warning to the Gentiles and a sign of judgment on the nations. When we look at where the darkness will be, it will be in northern European countries like England and Sweden where we see the rise of Islam and anti-Israel sentiment. Europeans especially should take heed.

Aaaargh!! Take heed! Here’s more:

Biltz also sees significance in the timing of the solar eclipse. “An event of this magnitude at the very beginning of the religious new year demands attention. As the Bible tells us, there will be signs in the heavens on the feast days, and this is a very significant sign on a critical day.

If you’re not frightened yet, you will be after you read what’s coming next:

Biltz is the original discoverer of the four Blood Moons, a concept heavily promoted by pastor John Hagee. Biltz points out that the total solar eclipse comes in the midst of these Blood Moons and that there will be another heavenly sign only weeks after the eclipse. “Only a few weeks after this total solar eclipse, there with be a blood moon over Passover,” he said. “If the total solar eclipse is a sign to the gentiles, this will be a sign to the Jewish people.

Aaaargh!! The End Is Nigh!

WND has much more vital information — that NASA won’t tell you — but we’re trembling too much to go on, so we’ll leave it to you to click over to WND and read it all. Therefore, we bid you farewell, and as we always do with these doomsday posts, we close with this:

Thats all folks

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Ken Ham Rejects Uniformitarianism

We just posted AIG Embraces Uniformitarianism?, in which two rogue authors contradicted years of creation science — and they did it at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG). They said:

We live in an orderly and consistent universe because there is a consistent God who upholds the universe. Universal constants and order make sense because there is a God who never changes and who has imposed order on His creation — and this all-knowing God has informed us of this. That’s why we can know that the laws of nature will operate the same way next week as they did this week.

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In order for us to even be able to do physics or mathematics, we must assume that the universe is orderly and that laws of nature will operate the same tomorrow as today.

Now we have a response — intentional or not, we don’t know — from Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia. He just posted Should You Fear an Asteroid Apocalypse?, which appears at his blog at AIG. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:

What you believe about the Earth’s past doesn’t just influence how you view it — your belief also determines how you view the future! Because of their beliefs about the past, many evolutionists are concerned that somehow mankind will be catastrophically wiped out and life as we know it will end on Earth. One of the most popular versions of this apocalyptic tale is that a massive asteroid, or several asteroids, will strike Earth and obliterate life.

Why would anyone be concerned about such a catastrophe? Let’s read on:

Well, according to man’s ideas about the past, life arose naturalistically and the universe is governed completely by the merciless laws of physics. According to their worldview, evolutionists contend there isn’t anyone upholding or sustaining the universe. We are simply at the mercy of naturalistic processes. Also, according to one evolutionary idea about the supposed dinosaur extinction event, a massive asteroid impact wiped out the dinosaurs about 65 million years ago. If such an event happened once before, what’s to stop it from happening again and wiping out humanity this time?

Is Hambo saying that the universe isn’t “governed completely by the merciless laws of physics”? But the AIG article we just posted about says “the universe is orderly” and the “laws of nature will operate the same tomorrow as today.” We’re so confused! Hambo continues:

Those who start with the Bible, however, get a completely different picture of Earth’s future because we start with a different picture of Earth’s past. According to God’s Word, the universe is not here as the result of naturalistic processes. God created the universe and has imposed order on it. The universe is not strictly governed by unfeeling natural laws.

How can AIG’s drooling fans deal with these contradictory messages? Even their minds must be reeling. Here’s one more excerpt from Hambo’s final paragraph:

What starting point you begin with makes a big difference in how you view the past, present, and future. As Christians, we have no reason to fear man’s prediction about the future because we can know the God who sees the end from the beginning, and He has already told us how it will end — and He is in total charge of it all.

Maybe so, but it appears that no one is in charge at AIG. Oh — at the end of Hambo’s essay we’re told: “This item was written with the assistance of AiG’s research team.” Why didn’t they research what’s going on at their own website?

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AIG Embraces Uniformitarianism?

That’s a big word in our title. What’s Uniformitarianism ? If you’re not familiar with it, Wikipedia has a writeup. They say it’s “the scientific observation that the same natural laws and processes that operate in the universe now have always operated in the universe in the past and apply everywhere in the universe.”

That’s an important principle, and only by abandoning it can one believe in tales like Noah’s Ark. That’s why we write about it from time to time — e.g. The Laws of Nature Don’t Change, #3.

So what we found today is truly bizarre. It’s a Pi Day post at Answers in Genesis (AIG). The title is Celebrate Einstein’s Birthday with Pi on 3.14.15. It was written by Avery Foley and Frost Smith, two names with which we’re not familiar.

They start out talking about pi, and they also mention that 14 March is Einstein’s birthday. For a few brief moments, they make AIG sound like a bunch of normal people. Then it gets weird. They say, with bold font added by us and their scripture references omitted:

Physics and mathematics are only possible because we live in a rational universe. If random naturalistic evolution were true, then we shouldn’t expect to have universal constants like pi. Why should things work the same throughout the whole universe? Why should our universe run in an orderly fashion if it is just the result of purposeless chance? What gives order to our whole universe? What causes pi to be the same today and tomorrow? Why do the laws of physics operate in predictable ways?

Yes, that sounds normal too, but remember — this is from AIG. They’ve previously rejected what they call “the uniformitarian worldview.” We quoted them in Answers in Genesis & the Speed of Light saying:

However, the uniformitarian worldview maintains that all things have continued at the same rate without any supernatural or catastrophic events to alter them. Namely, uniformitarianism excludes the Creation by God and the global Flood.

And before that, in AIG: All Scientific Dating Methods Are Wrong, we quoted them saying:

So our position is that all the dating techniques used in geology, cosmology, and physics are wrong when they claim that the universe is 13–15 billion years old and the earth about 4.5 billion years old. All the dating techniques are based on assumptions, and the main assumption is the constancy of the process rates used to calculate those ages. Since that assumption is used in all the dating techniques of geology, cosmology, and physics, then if that assumption is wrong, then so are all the dates. According to God’s Word that assumption of constancy of process rates is wrong.

They’ve said similar things on numerous occasions. Just go to the AIG website and search for the word “uniformitarian.” It’s as big a bogeyman to them as evolution itself. That has to be their position, because if the laws of nature were constant — and they are — then the cosmology, chronology, and biology implied by Genesis are impossible, and AIG’s creation science is as ludicrous as the sleigh used by Santa Claus.

However, in spite of the importance that chaotic laws of nature play in creation science, AIG seems to be doing a total flip-flop. Suddenly they favor uniformitarianism — at least in their Pi Day post. We assume they’ll quickly revert to their creation science ways.

Okay, now that you know what’s going on here, let’s get back to AIG’s latest essay:

We live in an orderly and consistent universe because there is a consistent God who upholds the universe. Universal constants and order make sense because there is a God who never changes and who has imposed order on His creation — and this all-knowing God has informed us of this. That’s why we can know that the laws of nature will operate the same way next week as they did this week.

Do they realize that they’re contradicting one of the fundamental premises of creation science? Let’s read on:

In order for us to even be able to do physics or mathematics, we must assume that the universe is orderly and that laws of nature will operate the same tomorrow as today. Yet in a naturalistic worldview there is no way to know the future . . . for all they know, the laws of nature might change tomorrow.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Then they throw in something about Pi Day:

Some say the Bible has an error in relation to π. First Kings 7:23 states, “Now he made the sea of cast metal ten cubits from brim to brim, circular in form, and its height was five cubits, and thirty cubits in circumference.” … The Bible writer here merely used rounding. Most people, if asked what the circumference of a cylinder with a diameter of 10 feet is (regardless of the thickness of the wall), would answer “about 30 feet.” Critics often grasp at straws to find Bible inaccuracies that simply aren’t there.

Yeah, yeah. We discussed that in Creationists And The Scriptural Value Of Pi. Then they repeat AIG’s nonsensical mantra “explaining” why their mythological cosmology is scientific:

There are two different kinds of science: observational and historical science.

We won’t bother with that today. In the essay’s final paragraph, they once again contradict AIG’s central dogma:

Mathematics, like all branches of science, confirms God’s character and God Word. Indeed, no matter where we look in the universe or what branch of science we use, God’s Word is confirmed over and over again because it is true from the very beginning. God is the Creator who has carefully fashioned this universe, imposed order on it, and upholds it. Pi, logic, physics, math, and “the heavens declare the glory of God” — no amount of math, science, or technology has ever falsified that. We can trust His Word from the very beginning.

How will AIG handle this doctrinal catastrophe? Contradictions don’t bother creationists, so they could simply ignore today’s essay. That seems the easiest course to follow. But it’ll be more fun if they try to reconcile it with everything they’ve said before. We’ll be watching.

See also: Ken Ham Rejects Uniformitarianism.

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