Calling the photograph of a bit of Mars the materialist’s Shroud of Turin, as the Discovery Institutes’ David Klinghoffer does in Evolution News and Views is a real stretch. The issue for Klinghoffer is that one more “God of the gaps” gap seems to be closing.
Oh my gosh, if there is evidence of water there might be the possibility that some primitive, perhaps primordial form of life existed there. What does that do for the Genesis story? Notice, Klinghoffer tells us, that the “materialists” use an awful lot of “ifs.”
Klinghoffer is not all fluff. He has written articles for the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and the Wall Street Journal. But make no mistake about it, he argues strenuously against evolution.
Materialism and Darwinism in their dual aspect as quasi-religious faith include a Genesis story, a scientific priesthood, the equivalents of sainthood and demonology, evangelism, catechism and excommunication, an Index Librorum Prohibitorum, and so on. The news in today’s Science about water on Mars and with that the consequent possibility of Martian microbial life — how many times have we heard this before? — offers what might be the materialist’s Shroud of Turin.
Look at photographs of the actual Shroud with its mysterious, haunting rust-brown image of what might or might not be the body of a crucified man from 1st-century Palestine. Believers persist in supporting investigations for forensic evidence of its authenticity.
The “ifs” keep being dropped and the gaps keep closing. But what in the world does this have to do with the shroud other than the color brown? Maybe this:
Notice just in those three short paragraph the number of "if’s," "whether’s," and "I don’t see why not’s" that pile on top of each other. Actually, there’s better scientific evidence that the Shroud of Turn is the burial cloth of Jesus Christ than that life exists or has existed on Mars. After all, there is at least debatable evidence for the former but not as yet one single iota for the latter.
But so what? Really, so what? You can’t really make a good analogy here. Read Water on Mars: Materialism’s Shroud of Turin – Evolution News & Views