The Biblical creationist view of the Oort Cloud

Ed Morris, an Old Earth creationist said:

But besides this, [Jonathan] Sarfati does not really provide any evidence against the standard explanation that comets are formed in what is called the Oort cloud, and thus the supply is steadily replenished. He mentions what he calls “a total absence of observational evidence” for the Oort cloud, but that is hardly a convincing proof that either it or something else along similar lines does not exist.

But John Hartnett, a Biblical creationist, said:

It was proposed that because the solar system has been around 5 billion years, there must be some huge, yet unobserved, cloud of cometary material—called the Oort Cloud—way outside, but in a spherical halo around, the solar system. It is alleged that the Oort Cloud has had sufficient mass to fuel the comets for all that time.

Telescopes observe a donut shaped ring of planetoids outside Neptune’s orbit—called the Kuiper Belt—but where is the Oort Cloud? Never been observed. But don’t let the facts get in the way of a good story.

Quote sources

  1. Morris, E. (2005). A Nonexpert Review of the Book “Refuting Compromise” by Jonathan Sarfati. Available http://www.noble-minded.org/sarfati_review.html. Last accessed 30th Aug 2015.
  2. Hartnett, J. (2015). Development of an “Old” Universe in Science. Available http://johnhartnett.org/2015/07/30/development-of-an-old-universe-in-science/. Last accessed 30th Aug 2015.
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