Beale: Nat Geo documentary on earth inadvertantly presents a powerful case for creation

Beale: Nat Geo documentary on earth inadvertantly presents a powerful case for creation

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‘One Strange Rock’ leaves the viewer to ponder what kind of “fine-tuning” went into making the “perfect home” that is Earth.

VIDEO: Trailer for National Geographic’s ‘One Strange Rock’


The new National Geographic television series about the earth, One Strange Rock, doesn’t mention God.

It doesn’t have to.

“I’m going to tell you about the most incredible place. It might be the weirdest place in the whole universe,” intones series host and actor Will Smith, in the first episode. “You know what? You’re walking on it.”

The series, which launched on March 26, aims to explore what makes Earth the unique home for life that it is. At a time when popular cosmology emphasizes the possibility of other earth-like planets and the likelihood of life on those other worlds, One Strange Rock goes in the opposite direction, stressing what it is that makes Earth exceptional.

The first episode, “Gasp,” reveals how the planet produces enough oxygen for mankind and all over living creatures to survive. To dramatize the overall message, the series is narrated by eight former astronauts who offer insights from their time in space. “There is nothing more natural than breathing yet, as far as we know, this is the only planet where that happens,” says astronaut Chris Hadfield.

What makes breathable oxygen so important, the episode explains, is that it mixes with our food to create the energy needed to power “larger, more complex” organisms such as ourselves. Without it, the biggest life forms you’d get would be pinhead-sized. To underscore the point, we are shown an utterly otherworldly landscape in Ethiopia—a bright yellow, green, and orange mishmash of acid pools that looks like moldy soup. Without breathable air or fresh water, little can exist there—apart from the bacteria that feed off of heavy metals.

The story of Earth’s oxygen also has its origins in Africa. Here the show takes readers on an epic journey that begins in the continent’s deserts, where wind storms send their dust sailing across the Atlantic. That wind-blown sand turns out to be “the perfect fertilizer” for the rainforests, which produce enough oxygen for a population more than 20 times the 7 billion men and women that current inhabit it. And yet, none of it makes it to our lungs, the show explains. Instead, it is consumed by all of the Amazon’s living creatures.

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  1. They try their hardest to deny the Creator. But He just keeps springing up when we look at cosmology, especially the origins and current state of the Earth. In fact, so many “just right” things happen for us here on Earth that we are said to dwell in what has been dubbed the “Goldilocks Zone”, a position in relation to our Sun that makes so many thing come together that we are thought to be, perhaps, the only place in the Universe where things are “just right”. It had been hoped that the discovery of exoplanets would satisfy the longings of the Drake Equation and the SETI crowd, but so far, only crickets. It is interesting that NatGeo has chosen to select (biases anyone) astronauts who may not necessarily hold any faith in a faith position regarding a Creator. But, there are numbers of astronauts who have clearly stated their positions, sometimes somewhat obtusely, but nonetheless stated it. the Apollo 8 mission astronauts ended their broadcast with the secretive, pre-planned reading of Genesis by Anders, Lovell and Borman. On a later flight, Buzz Aldrin, from the surface of the moon, read from the book of John and conducted communion on the moon on the historic occasion of the first landing of men on the moon. This event was censored by NASA, after all, NASA wouldn’t want that to eclipse Neil Armstrong’s accomplishment of being the first man to walk on the moon. Even later James Irwin made his position known as well as Charlie Duke, who became almost something of an evangelist about his thoughts of a Divine Creator after traversing the moon in the lunar buggy. Numerous Shuttle astronauts were also ardent advocates for their faith, and if you listened closely, you would hear their wake-up songs playing biblical Scriptural themes. Having had opportunity to sit 3.5 miles from Shuttle (STS-129) liftoff, with friends from the church that one astronaut attended was a thrilling thing for me personally. Then we have our Julie Payette having the nerve to mock the idea of a divine intervention, when so many of her peers would in fact take a very strong stand on that very issue. You get the idea that she thinks that we’re all idiots supreme, so what is she saying about her own peers. Would love to see her debate Charlie Duke.

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