“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.”
There is often a difference between the exemplary work carried out by evolutionary scientists and the unmerited spin that they choose to put on their observations. One recent article on a popular science website, announcing that there are many Earth-like planets throughout the galaxy, is a case in point. The article features brilliant work done on analyzing the chemistry of atmospheres around certain white dwarf stars. This can be done only by spectroscopy. Results show a good many elements present – silicon, magnesium, carbon, oxygen, and iron. The iron, in particular, appears to be oxidized. We should congratulate such scientists on the quality of their work.
Where they let themselves down is an insistence that all such data should be interpreted in an evolutionary way. The researchers assume that all of these elements came, not from the star, but from shattered planets and asteroids that once orbited the star and were pulled apart by the star’s gravity. They suggest, therefore, that the broken planets must have been Earth-like – and, hence, could obviously once have had life, like Earth does.
Even more telling is that the article’s author does not understand the science involved. “When iron is oxidized, it shares its electrons with oxygen, forming a chemical bond between them,” opines the author, even though the researcher correctly explains the oxidation in terms of electron transfer rather than sharing.
Genesis 1 clearly shows us that Earth is unique, having been created three days before all other astronomical objects.
Prayer: We praise You, Lord God, that You have granted intelligence and abilities to so many researchers. Please grant them wisdom, which only comes from the fear of the Lord. Amen.
Author: Paul F. Bartz
Ref: University of California – Los Angeles. “Ancient stars shed light on Earth’s similarities to other planets: New method used to study planets’ geochemistry implies that Earth is not unique.” ScienceDaily, 17 October 2019. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/10/191017141052.htm>. Image: Adobe Stock Image, licensed to author.
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