Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the 𝘉𝘪𝘣𝘭𝘦 𝘈𝘯𝘴𝘸𝘦𝘳 𝘔𝘢𝘯 broadcast, comments on a sensationalistic headline in USA Today, “The Rapidly Cooling Core of Earth Is Cause for Concern” (print edition). Scott Gleeson writes, “Earth’s interior is cooling faster than we previously estimated, according to a recent study (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.epsl.2021.117329), prompting questions about how long people can live on the planet.” The lead author of the peer-reviewed study indicates that Earth may become what Mercury and Mars are like today—just another rocky and uninhabitable planet. Earth’s magnetic field, which would be lost in the cooling, protects life from lethal cosmic radiation—just one aspect of what makes Earth a privileged planet. Despite the “cause for concern,” the cooling process “should be hundreds of millions or even billions of years.” Sensationalism never seems to end. The reality is that Earth is a singularly privileged planet designed for discovery. The unique conditions necessary to support intelligent life turn out to provide the best overall conditions for scientific discovery.

See Scott Gleeson, “Earth’s Core Is Rapidly Cooling, Study Reveals. Is Our Planet Becoming ‘Inactive’”? USA Today, January 19, 2022, https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2022/01/19/earth-interior-cooling-faster-study/6576214001/.

For further study, see The Privileged Planet (DVD and book) https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resources-the-privileged-planet-dvd-and-book-ea/. And see the article, “Is Earth a Privileged Planet?” https://www.equip.org/bible_answers/earth-privileged-planet/.

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