In response to Richard’a Barash article, ….. Frank Sherwin wrote:


“The very construction of the world and the fact that we seem to be the only blue-populated planet in the universe — and we’ve been looking for quite a while now, at least since the late 50s —it makes you have to believe that if we happened by accident, it would make winning the lottery look like flipping a coin,” King told host Josh Zepps. “It’s so complex. So I have a tendency to believe in intelligent design.”


 “What is extraordinary is a happy combination of circumstances. Our planet’s orbit is roughly circular around a relatively stable star. Earth is large enough to hold an atmosphere, but not so large that its gravity would overwhelm. Its neighborhood is tranquil – supernovae have not seared its surface with radiation.”– Garrison, Oceanography, Brooks/Cole, 2013  p. 2.


“Life can’t exist on a planet that rotates too fast or slow. This is yet another Goldilocks problem for astrobiologists to consider.”  – Amanda Doyle, Aug 7, 2014  Astrobiology


Mercury & Venus are hot & sterile. Mars is a toxic wasteland, and so on out. In between Venus & Mars lies this amazing blue jewel called Earth, blessed with water, greenery, and life in almost every cranny & nook. It has the right magnetic shield, the right solar energy, the right continental minerals, the right atmosphere, the right carbon/oxygen/water/nitrogen cycles — and a moon that is the right distance, density & orbit, everything is just right.


Our Solar System: “You might also think that these disparate bodies are scattered across the solar system without rhyme or reason. But move any piece of the solar system today, or try to add anything more, and the whole construction would be thrown fatally out of kilter. So how exactly did this delicate architecture come to be?” – Richard Webb, New Scientist Jan., 2009, p. 31


“The discovery of thousands of star systems wildly different from our own has demolished ideas about how planets form. Astronomers are searching for a whole new theory.” – Ann Finkbeiner, Nature, July 2, 2014. (“Perhaps the biggest question is why our Solar System is so different.”)

“If our solar system had been born with more iron, Jupiter might have kicked Earth into the Sun.”– K. Croswell, Scientific American April 2013


“French astrophysicist Jacques Laskar discovered that the orbits of Jupiter & Saturn keep the earth’s orbit from becoming chaotic. Without the orbital stability produced by Jupiter & Saturn, the earth’s orbit would make extreme changes, causing instability in our climate and making the earth uninhabitable.”  – Bickel & Jantz, 2001, p. 164



Psalm 111:2 – 4   The works of the LORD are great, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein. . . . His work is honorable and glorious . . . . He hath made his wonderful works to be remembered; . . .