A reader of The Question Evolution Project contacted me about the "big news" that NASA discovered seven new planets that are in what is called the habitable zone. I had not investigated the story very much since these stories tend to be ridiculous: "It's Earth's twin, except it would be like living in lava". I chose to wait for a response from a creationist organization so I didn't have to step in piles of evolutionary dogma and hysteria, and the wait paid off, as you'll see below.
|Possible surface of TRAPPIST-1f, credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech|
Why the excitement? So secularists can deny that Earth is a special place that was uniquely created for us. Since abiogenesis (chemical evolution) is impossible, some evolutionists push the problem out into space in hopes that life evolved out there somewhere, and found its way here.
7 earth-like planets that could sustain alien life discovered. And today California granted them drivers licenses.— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) February 23, 2017
Secular scientists are excited about the recent detection of seven Earth-size planets in the constellation Aquarius, a nearby solar system. According to the report, three of the planets orbit a parent star, called TRAPPIST-1, at a distance that would allow water to exist on their surface.To read the rest, click on "Seven Earth-size Planets Discovered". EDIT: For another article on this subject, see "Discovery of 7 Earth-Sized Planets Orbiting Star TRAPPIST-1". EDIT 2: Also, "Ultracool Trappist-1 and its seven planets". EDIT 3: The first two segments of Dr. Mohler's podcast The Briefing are relevant here. EDIT 4: The planets are not in the "habitable zone".
Many evolutionists are giddy with the suggestion that life on one or more of these planets is just around the corner. But this wholly unwarranted extrapolation lies far beyond the known facts. Just because a planet may be positioned for surface water to exist doesn't mean water is there. Even if liquid water is present does not mean complex organic life is even remotely possible.