This is interesting, but it’s also very difficult for us to write. The difficulty is that it’s about an atheist and we’re not running an atheist blog. Our focus is on the foolishness of creationism — and other forms of science denial — but otherwise we like to leave religion alone. Nevertheless, we can’t stay away from this one.
The article causing us such difficulty is Pastor Became Atheist. Why? It’s at the website of the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) — the granddaddy of all creationist outfits, the fountainhead of young-earth creationist wisdom. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
Teresa McBain ministered in the Methodist church for twenty years. She formerly pastored at Lake Jackson United Methodist Church in Tallahassee, Florida, but today she ministers as the public relations director of the American Atheists. She says that she used to believe in the God of the Bible, but she recently changed her mind: “I know it’s a lie. I know it’s false.” Why has she rejected God?
For the rest of their article, ICR explores the mystery.
She explained her reasons to the Christian Post, saying, “One [reason] was the contradictory nature of the Bible; the lack of scientific or historical foundation or accuracy, which took me a very, very long time to come to terms with.
Here’s a link to that article: Ex-Pastor Turned American Atheist Director Tells How She Lost Faith, but let’s stay with ICR. This is where it gets interesting:
It makes sense to reject the God of the Bible if the Bible contained errors and lacked scientific or historical foundation. But it doesn’t. Analyzing and teaching the amazing ways that true science confirms Scripture is what motivates the ministry of ICR — evidence for the veracity of science and Scripture abounds.
Their position is a precarious one: ICR has climbed way out on a slender limb and imagines that no one can saw it off. No one needs to; it’s collapsing of its own dead weight. They say that were it not for the truth of their creation science, it makes sense to reject everything. Teresa McBain agrees, and ICR can’t figure it out. Their article continues:
While McBain may represent those who are unfamiliar with or reject the truth of Scripture, scientific and historical confirmations of the Bible exist in abundance. A summary of ICR News reports during the month of June 2012, a small sampling of evidence, provides just a snapshot of recent examples: [list omitted].
What follows is a list of eight — count ‘em, eight! — “news” items that ICR published about the wonders of their creation science. We’ll leave it to you go click over there if you want to see their complete list of balderdash, but we’ll give you two of them:
• Whoever arranged the molecular machines that perform plant photosynthesis understood quantum mechanics far better than any physicist.
• The newly published bonobo genome has a hallmark of special creation — its gene sequences do not match any evolutionary tree, but comprise a well-integrated mosaic of gene systems.
Their list is so goofy that we’ve never posted about any of those items, well — not ICR’s items, but we did post Meet Your Cousin, the Bonobo. They fit right in with the great apes, and they’re as close to us as the chimpanzees. This is the end of ICR’s article:
Believing in the fundamentals of the Bible would be crazy if the Bible were not internally, scientifically, and historically reliable. But because its verifications are so overwhelming, refusing to believe it is crazy.
So there you are. ICR is mystified. Given their bizarre belief that the bible must be — and is! — scientifically true, they can’t understand why anyone would walk away from it. What they don’t grasp is that when a sect insists on reality-denial, thoughtful people are going to be repulsed.
The problem, ICR, is you.
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