Last Saturday I attended a creation science conference at Calvary Chapel of Philadelphia and had the pleasure of listening to one of my favorite scientists, Dr. Jason Lisle. Dr. Lisle is Director of Physical Sciences at the Institute for Creation Research and holds a Ph.D. in astrophysics, and he delivered a presentation on our solar system.
Touring the solar system from the comfort of our own planet is always an enjoyable, entertaining and educational experience, but even more so when the tour guide is an expert in the field who brings a warm sense of humor, professional enthusiasm, and a desire to give God glory for the beauty and awe seen in his workmanship.
I’ll touch briefly on some of the points he made as we orbited each planet and analyzed the atmosphere and surface. We began our journey, of course, with Mercury, the closest planet to the sun. We see it contains a decaying magnetic field, but this is a real problem for evolutionists because, if Mercury were billions of years old, there should be no magnetic field remaining. Since a magnetic field still exists, however, this is evidence of a young solar system because there hasn’t been enough time for Mercury’s internal battery to die. Evolutionary explanations include the dynamo theory, which requires the planet to have a molten metal core so that fluid motions within can generate the field, but this explanation can’t be correct based on what we know about other planets in the Solar System. Uranus and Neptune, for example, disrupt the predictions of the dynamo theory; Uranus’s magnetic field and rotational axes are too great for dynamo theory predictions. Neptune also has a tilted magnetic field that is offset. Further, evolutionists believe Mercury’s core should have been frozen solid long ago.
Venus poses another problem for evolutionists because it rotates in the opposite direction from what is expected according to evolutionary beliefs about the formation of the Solar System. A planetary collision is the rescue agent for evolutionists.
Earth, as we know, is finely tuned for our existence, and the moon is a big contributor, shielding us from asteroid bombardments and cleansing the oceans via tidal forces.
Mars has some amazing features, such as the largest known volcano and biggest canyon in the solar system. The volcano, Olympus Mons, covers an area the size of Arizona, and canyon Valles Marineris is as long as the continental United States. There’s no liquid water found on Mars today because the atmosphere is too thin; like other planets, a catastrophic collision is thought to have stripped away the atmosphere. Despite the hostile environment, rovers have been sent there to analyze the planet and seek out life. To date we’ve received a wealth of information as a result these efforts, but scientists have found no evidence of life. Scientists have also detected magnetization in Martian rocks, indicating that the Red Planet once contained a magnetic field. This provides evidence of a young universe.
Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system, has over 60 moons orbiting it in various directions. This planet is giving off nearly twice as much energy (mostly infrared) as it receives from the sun, but if it’s billions of years old, it should have run out of energy by now.
Saturn’s rings are made up of trillions of particles, rock, debris, dust and ice. But these rings would be gone if they were billions of years old, so they have to be relatively young. Saturn also has a strong magnetic field, which should have been depleted if billions of years old.
Uranus is another planet that gives off more energy than it receives- 2.6 times as much. And it also has a magnetic field. Both of these are problems for evolutionists who believe Uranus is billions of years old.
Finally, even though it’s no longer considered a planet, Pluto defies evolutionary predictions. This planet was expected to have no craters, features or geologic processes, but when New Horizons space craft flew by, we did find craters, geologic processes and all kinds of complex and diverse features.
Overall it was a fun evening. If you ever have a chance to hear Dr. Lisle in person at one of his events, be sure not to miss out. It’ll be worthwhile.