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Creationist Wisdom #728: Bathrooms & Big Bang

Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears at the website of The Chattanoogan, an online media outlet that concentrates on news from Chattanooga, Tennessee. They don’t have a comments feature. The headline is Lessons From A New Bathroom.

Unless the letter-writer is a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name — but today we’ve got a journalist. It’s Bob Tamasy, described as “a veteran journalist, former newspaper editor and magazine editor.” We’ll give you a few excerpts from his letter, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, and some bold font for emphasis. Okay, here we go!

It’s interesting what we can glean about eternal truth from everyday life circumstances. This came to mind recently while reading a newspaper columnist’s musings about building a new bathroom in his home.

You gotta admit, dear reader, that’s a unique beginning, and it’s certainly an attention grabber. Then he says:

This fellow explained about installing a subfloor, outlets and switches that actually worked, wiring, drywall and other elements required to make his bathroom functional and attractive. He ended his column with the observation, “I know what it took to get it to the shape it’s in now.” Imagine him proudly showing the new room to visiting guests.

Here’s where the journalist gets creative. Pay close attention:

They comment, “Wow! It looks great. Who built it?” and he replies, “You know, that’s the funny thing. No one built it. My wife and I always wanted a master bathroom, and then one day, voila, there it was! It just appeared.”

They might chuckle at first, but if they thought he was serious, they would either check him for a high fever, call 911, or slowly move toward the front door. Because we all know that something doesn’t come out of nothing. For every effect, there must be a cause.

Clever, huh? It’s a down-home way to explain that everything has a cause — even something as mundane as a bathroom. Now the journalist makes the point he was aiming at:

Yet there are many strident, stubborn proponents of the so-called Big Bang Theory, which asserts that one day (before there were days, or hours, or even minutes), an extraordinary event occurred for no reason, with no purpose, all on its own – bringing something out of absolutely nothing. No only that, but this “something” has turned out to be phenomenally orderly, generally functioning in very predictable ways that can be studied by various scientific disciplines. But, they claim, there was no first cause, no intelligent design, no meaning or purpose behind any of it. It just was, and is, and supposedly, always will be.

Those proponents of “the so-called Big Bang Theory” are obviously fools! Then he tells us:

I get it: If you reject God, if you refuse to believe or accept the idea of a divine Creator, you do have to come up with some alternative explanation. So the “Big Bang” seems to do the job, even though its original premise flies directly against everything we know and have observed, even though the eyes of science.

Yes, the Big Bang theory contradicts everything scientists see and know. Pay no attention to articles like this one from PhysOrg: What is the Big Bang Theory? The journalist knows better. He explains:

Our magnificent world, not to mention the entire universe, operates in wonderful harmony and amazing order. Even though the natural course of things – according to various theories and laws of physics – if left unmanaged, is to move toward disorder. (I could offer my desk as proof; I straighten it up, and seemingly within moments, it’s already turning back into a mess.)

Another brilliant, down-home example! Like the universe, the journalist’s desk tends to get messy. It’s all in accordance with the Second law of thermodynamics. After a few more cozy examples, like restaurants, automobiles, and leaves changing color in the fall, he announces:

[T]hese serve as reminders that the orderly creation we observe is the result of the exquisite mind of the Creator God, who informs us, “’For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the LORD” [scripture reference].

And now we come to the thrilling end of the journalist’s letter:

If there was a Big Bang, and perhaps there was, it’s the one described in Genesis 1, when God spoke everything into being: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth… And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light…. God saw all that he had made, and it was very good …” [scripture reference]. If you need proof, you don’t need to look any farther than someone’s refurbished bathroom.

That was truly a unique letter. A wonderful addition to our collection.

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NASA Reports: Proxima b May Be Habitable

You remember the news from two months ago, about which we wrote Proxima Centauri Has Planet in Habitable Zone.

Creationists were quick to announce their reactions. The first was the Discovery Institute — see Discoveroids: Proxima b Is the Big Test. Klinghoffer, hoping the planet would turn out to be lifeless (because the intelligent designer — blessed be he! — created Earth as a “privileged planet”) declared:

All is celebration until it sinks in that with every discovery of a seemingly near-Earth-like planet, evolutionism comes a step closer to a put-up-or-shut-up moment.


The more Earth-like the exoplanet, the closer it is and the easier to probe for any signature of life, the more materialism may be forced to consider the possibility that a key premise was in error.

Then we heard from a creationist denomination — see Baptist Reactions to Proxima b Discovery. They had several reactions. Most were concerned with the idea that that aliens were cursed by the sin of Adam & Eve, and might not be eligible for salvation.

After that we wrote Answers in Genesis and Proxima Centauri b. One of ol’ Hambo’s creation scientists consulted scripture and announced:

From this we conclude that the earth truly is unique and that there are no earth-like planets. We find that the best science available agrees with this.

The problem for creationists is their insistence that everything worth knowing is in a book based on humanity’s knowledge from 3,000 years ago. Scientists, however, keep learning more, and every time something new is discovered, creationists are compelled go deeper into denial. It’s fun to watch them squirm.

Now they’ll have to squirm some more, because today, the website of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has this headline: Study: Planet Orbiting Nearest Star Could be Habitable. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:

A rocky extrasolar planet with a mass similar to Earth’s was recently detected around Proxima Centauri, the nearest star to our sun. This planet, called Proxima b, is in an orbit that would allow it to have liquid water on its surface, thus raising the question of its habitability. In a study to be published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters, an international team led by researchers at the Marseille Astrophysics Laboratory (CNRS/Aix-Marseille Université) has determined the planet’s dimensions and properties of its surface, which actually favor its habitability.

We can’t give you a link to their paper because it hasn’t been published yet, so We’ll rely on NASA. They tell us:

The team says Proxima b could be an “ocean planet,” with an ocean covering its entire surface, the water perhaps similar to that of subsurface oceans detected inside icy moons around Jupiter and Saturn. The researchers also show that Proxima b’s composition might resemble Mercury’s, with a metal core making up two-thirds of the mass of the planet. These results provide the basis for future studies to determine the habitability of Proxima b.

How did they determine that? We’re told:

[V]ery little is known about Proxima b, particularly its radius. It is therefore impossible to know what the planet looks like, or what it is made of. The radius measurement of an exoplanet is normally done during transit, when it eclipses its star. But Proxima b is not known to transit.

There is another way to estimate the radius of a planet. If we know its mass, we can simulate the behavior of the constituent materials. This is the method used by a French-American team of researchers from the Marseille Astrophysics Laboratory (CNRS/Aix-Marseille University) and the Department of Astronomy at Cornell University. With the help of a model of internal structure, they explored the different compositions that could be associated with Proxima b and deduced the corresponding values for the radius of the planet.

The next several paragraphs describe the methodology of the study. Rather than just copy that material, we’ll let you click over there to read it if you like. One possible conclusion of the study is this:

Proxima b can also have a radius of 5,543 miles (8,920 kilometers), provided that it is composed of 50 percent rock surrounded by 50 percent water. In this case, Proxima b would be covered by a single liquid ocean 124 miles (200 kilometers) deep. Below, the pressure would be so strong that liquid water would turn to high-pressure ice before reaching the boundary with the mantle to 1,926 miles (3,100 kilometers) depth. In these extreme cases, a thin gas atmosphere could cover the planet, as on Earth, making Proxima b potentially habitable.

But they say it could also be a dry planet. NASA finishes with this:

Future observations of Proxima Centauri will refine this study. In particular, the measurement of stellar abundances of heavy elements (magnesium, iron, silicon) will decrease the number of possible compositions for Proxima b, allowing determination more accurate radius Proxima b.

At present, we have no solid information about conditions on Proxima b. It may be habitable, or it may not be. That gives the creationists a little bit of breathing space, but they’ve got to be getting scared.

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Rev. David Rives — The Moon Is Young

The Drool-o-tron™ startled us with its sirens and flashing lights. The blinking letters of its wall display said WorldNetDaily (WND). It had found the latest video by the brilliant and articulate leader of David Rives Ministries.

Our computer was locked onto this headline at WND: How lunar recession disproves evolution. There’s also a sub-headline: “Exclusive: David Rives notes moon’s distance can only be explained by young Earth.” [*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] It’s an exclusive!

Suddenly, your Curmudgeon had an insight. We noticed that the rev seems to be going down the whole list of clunkers in the TalkOrigins Index to Creationist Claims, and he’s using the list as arguments for creationism. Sure enough, they have an entry for The moon is receding at a rate too fast for an old universe.

Fortified by our new understanding of the rev’s methodology, we clicked on his video. It’s actual title is “Lunar Recession.” As expected, the rev explains to his drooling fans that the Moon is moving away from the Earth a few inches a year. That means it was recently so close to the Earth that it would have either shattered or crashed into us! So the Moon couldn’t have existed as long as those scientists say it has. The universe is young! (He doesn’t explain why he’s assuming a uniform rate of recession, when creationists always dismiss “uniformitarianism” in geology.)

The rev is wearing the same the same outfit he’s been wearing for weeks — a gray bible-boy suit without a necktie. This is getting disgusting. Yes, he’s still the world’s cutest rev, but he really ought to change his clothes from time to time. This video is only two minutes long before the commercial at the end. Go ahead, click over to WND and watch it.

As we always do with the rev’s videos, we dedicate the comments section for your use as an Intellectual Free Fire Zone. You know the rules. Okay, the comments are open. Go for it!

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From Ken Ham — The Real News on Aliens

We already know what Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else — thinks about the topic of extra-terrestrial life.

In Ken Ham: Aliens Are Going to Hell!, Hambo declared:

The search for extraterrestrial life is really driven by man’s rebellion against God in a desperate attempt to supposedly prove evolution!

He also said:

[T]he Bible makes it clear that Adam’s sin affected the whole universe. This means that any aliens would also be affected by Adam’s sin, but because they are not Adam’s descendants, they can’t have salvation.

Then, in Ken Ham: Geocentric Universe, No Aliens, he announced:

Despite a lack of evidence, scientists are becoming increasingly convinced that life will be found soon. … But from a biblical perspective we shouldn’t expect to find life in outer space.


So we have good reason to say that there isn’t intelligent extraterrestrial life, and it’s doubtful that there is even microbial life in outer space, though Scripture doesn’t completely rule out the possibility.

If you needed any further evidence, in Ken Ham Says There Are No Intelligent Aliens we quoted him saying:

One can postulate endlessly about possibilities of intelligent life in outer space, but I believe a Christian worldview, built on the Bible, rejects such a possibility.

Well, he’s at it again. Hambo’s latest blog article is Do Aliens Have the Answers to Life? Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:

The idea of extraterrestrial beings is everywhere in our culture. Since the invention of television, we’ve seen countless cartoons, sci-fi films, and TV shows featuring aliens. … One thing these supposed aliens nearly all have in common is heightened intelligence, often revealing humans on earth to be so far behind in development that they’re practically primal.

Hambo thinks the whole concept is absurd. He says:

An evolutionist astronomer [obviously a godless fool!] once suggested that perhaps the reason we haven’t yet made contact with alien life is that aliens are ignoring us. He backed up this claim with the idea that aliens may have formed cliques, much like the ones high schoolers deal with every day, and humans aren’t cool enough to be in the clique. This clique is so exclusive that all alien groups have formed a pact to ignore us unintelligent humans.

After that he tells us:

Recently, Scottish astronomer Duncan Forgan refuted this idea, though he added that any assumptions are difficult to test with computer simulation because there isn’t any real alien data.

Hambo’s information on that came from this article at Fox News: Are aliens avoiding Earth? But Hambo knows more than everyone else, so he tells us:

Well, here’s the real news: real alien data will never exist because, well, aliens aren’t real! You see, people are always looking for something beyond themselves to explain life and the universe, answer their big questions, give them the keys to immortality and infinite knowledge, and offer them a sense of purpose. But when people deny the true Creator of the universe, they’ll look for anything to try to replace Him — no matter how ridiculous their ideas are.

That’s the real news, dear reader. Hambo continues:

Isn’t it interesting that they’re looking for everything God has already provided?

• Genesis 1:1 tells us how we got here: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

• Ecclesiastes 12:13 states our purpose: “Fear God and keep His commandments.”

• 1 John 5:13 explains eternal life: “These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.”

• And Proverbs 1:7 provides the key to knowledge: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.”

Now you know everything you need to know. Hambo summarizes it all in his final paragraph:

When we look for answers outside of God’s Word, our efforts are in vain and even foolish. These evolutionists/atheists have turned what serves as simple entertainment for many of us into a passionate, expensive pursuit that will never give them the answers they’re looking for. Only a life pursuing our Creator will give us the answers and purpose we seek.

Okay, dear reader, that’s the whole story about aliens. Go now, and repent.

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