Ken Ham Offers Proof of God!

You’ve been searching for this all your life. So have we. So has everyone. Now, at last, you can have it!

This comes from Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia. As you know, ol’ Hambo is co-founder of Answers in Genesis (AIG), an on-line ministry which is one of the major sources of young-earth creationist wisdom. AIG also created and operates the infamous, mind-boggling Creation Museum — the North American Mecca for the mindless.

At Hambo’s personal blog we read: Proof of God. Well, darn! Let’s get right to it. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:

I will be speaking at a conference in Florida in a couple of weeks organized by Creation Today.

How disappointing! Hambo doesn’t give us the proof in his blog. We’ll have to wait for the conference. But what’s “Creation Today”? Here’s their website. What do we learn there? The place is run by Eric Hovind — the son of that well-known creationist — Kent Hovind.

As you know, Kent is currently in the slammer serving time for tax evasion, and the last time we wrote about him was here: WorldNetDaily: Kent Hovind Is Still Fighting. Notwithstanding Kent’s disgrace, Eric is carrying on. His website informs us:

Born in Kankakee, Illinois, Creation Speaker Eric Hovind was blessed with the opportunity of growing up in a Christian home under the incredible biblical teachings of his father.

[…]

During summers throughout his junior high and high school years, Eric traveled with his dad where he was speaking about creation, evolution and dinosaurs. It was during his third summer of traveling with his father that Eric realized that he never grew tired of the subject! Hearing creation lectures and debates hundreds of times never became boring.

Eric was indeed blessed to be raised up in that fine tradition. But that’s not all — get this:

After completing his high school studies at Pensacola Christian Academy in 1997, Eric graduated from Jackson Hole Bible College in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Co-founded by Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis and Dr. Don Landis of Jackson Hole Community Bible Church, Jackson Hole Bible College was designed to give students a solid biblical foundation with a special creation emphasis.

Wow — Eric went to a bible college founded by Ken Ham! What a background! Let’s get back to Hambo’s blog:

So, join me on October 12–13 in Orlando, Florida, for the Proof of God Conference. I promise that the conference will radically change the way you share and defend your faith! Act now to get in at a special AiG rate of $49.95 per person (that’s $20 off regular pricing).

That sounds like a real bargain! And it’s only two weeks from now. Aren’t you excited?

That’s all Hambo has to say, except he gives us this link to the conference website: Proof of God Conference. That’s where it’s all going to happen. At that link you get a list of “six dynamic speakers for two powerful days,” and among them are Eric and Hambo. It’s going to be a great creationist revival meeting!

You don’t want to miss this one, dear reader. Get on over to Orlando and attend both days. Soak up that good old fashioned, down-home, foot-stompin’, psalm-singin’, floor-rollin’, rafter-shakin’, old-time creationism, and then come back here and tell us what you learned.

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31 responses to “Ken Ham Offers Proof of God!

  1. This is a big to-do! Lots of booths…sold out.
    But you can still get in on providing a lunch…Chick-fil-a..only $4000!

    Check out the agenda and other deals:

    http://proofconference.com/sites/default/files/images/prospectus.pdf

    What would really draw the crowd is a live exhibit of Adam & Eve….
    before all the sinnin’..sans the fig leaves..:)

  2. $1000 to sponsor “free wifi”? I guess it’s not false advertising since it doesn’t say “fast free wifi”. Either that or they’re expecting a very small crowd. The set-ups I’ve seen for real conferences were in the $3k range. Even then, it was for a fairly small group (roughly 150 people) and the speed, well, it stank.
    Then again, maybe they’re hoping multiple groups will act as sponsors. Oh, joy! Every time you log in, you can get right with Da Lord and a special message from multiple sponsors!

  3. Oh, and why isn’t Ham listed as one of the big speakers in the prospectus?

  4. So Eric Hovind graduated from Jackson Hole Bible College in Jackson Hole, Wyoming? That sounds like the punch line to a joke. Of course, so does his father. Hovind’s pal Ken Hambug is offering proof of the Creator of the universe and Master of time and space – but somehow can’t summon the power to get Eric’s dad out of the hoosegow. Every Supreme Being has limits, it seems.

  5. NeonNoodle says: “somehow can’t summon the power to get Eric’s dad out of the hoosegow.”

    Many great men have been tested by adversity, and have emerged stronger. So it may be with Kent. Of course, many dirt-bags have been imprisoned, and have remained dirt-bags. Only Nostradamus knows what the outcome will be.

  6. In their prosepctus.indd [sic] is this:

    Our purpose is to strengthen, reinforce, and grow the knowledge of those who are already believers, equiping [sic] them with solid answers to tough questions requarding [sic] Christianity.

    Okay, retsciguy…use requarding in a sentence…:)

  7. So he doesn’t offer proof of God where anyone can read it and be saved, but is only willing to present proof of God to a group of people who already believe in God.

    I’m sure there’s a couple of logical fallacies in there somewhere…

  8. And one of the speakers there is Canada’s own circular reasoning user: Sye TenBruggencate. I am so ashamed.

    Sye and Eric are known liars as the link shows. They don’t care about verbal agreements. They will try to worm their way out of any obligations that one may think that they’ve agreed to.

  9. Let’s see, a collection of lecturing lunatics, a fine lunch of warmed over fast food, in the warm and friendly ambiance of a fundamentalist Baptist Church, for only $50? What a deal…

    Oh, and hurricane season isn’t over yet…

  10. “Jesus wept.”

  11. Once again, they miss an important point. Proving God exists eliminates faith from the recipe. This may be why theologians who aspire to having some ethics don’t bother with such drivel.

  12. @Charley Horse: In case RSG can’t make it, I’ll have a go:

    Since Ham didn’t properly protect it the first time, he’s reguarding The Truth ™ for a second time around.

    Wow. That was pretty lousy.
    Yeah. Okay. Wait for RSG.

  13. No cigar….that’s a Q….not a G in requarding.

    There is a rehabilitation facility with that name. Something to work
    with……Requard Center for Acute Rehabilitation

  14. Charles Deetz ;)

    I think Hambo’s going to use the same logic and reasoning to prove god exists that he uses to prove creationism. It’s in the Bible, therefor it must be true.

    There, now that I’ve taken care of that, pass me $50 and I’ll send you some warmed over fast food and save you the trip to Florida.

  15. @Charley Horse & Gary:
    In order to control underage drinking, the waiters are not only quarding all customers when they take the orders, they are also requarding them when they deliver the drinks. (Obscure obsolete Br. spelling.)

    And Dean, ya beat me to it. I was all set to ask Ham why we would need faith if we can prove the existence of God. Actually, it would be a very good thing — it would put all the Elmer Gantrys out of business.

  16. Re: requarding — <Tomato Addict is pretty good at coming up with very imaginative answers, so we should summon the Great Juicy Red Orb.

  17. @retiredsciguy The proof/faith issue seems to be a common error among hucksters.

    My personal favorite is the concept of an all knowing being. Omniscience is a dangerous parameter for a divine being when combined with the assumption that people will be judged based on their choices.

    Already knowing the script makes getting angry with the actors pointless, they are simply reciting an existence without any free will or ability to change the ending.

    Even worse, an omnisciencent being becomes a victim of it’s own knowledge of outcomes and essentially becomes an automaton.

    Theology responds by evolving different subclasses of omniscience. The need to place limits on perfection is always good for a chuckle.

  18. Poof of God.

  19. The whole truth

    Hmm, I wonder if “God” gets a cut of the $49.95 per person?

  20. Curmudgeon: “Soak up that good old fashioned, down-home, foot-stompin’, psalm-singin’, floor-rollin’, rafter-shakin’, old-time creationism, and then come back here and tell us what you learned.”

    Forget that tired old fundamentalist nonsense, this could be humongous in the world of pseudoscience! Ham and Hovind (Jr) under a big tent is huge enough, so they must be on to something. If this is not a publicity stunt – highly unlikely given how these guys belong to religions that consider it a sin to bear false witness – everyone from Tom Cruise and John Travolta, to every horoscope writer, palm reader and Bigfoot sighter will come out of the woodwork singing hallelujah. Best of all, the keepers of the big tent in Seattle will no longer have to say that the “evidences” only point to “some designer.” No longer will they have to let Ham and Hovind do the talking to the fundamentalist crowd, while other pseudoscience peddlers target their own niche markets. The Discoveroids will take the lead with their unified “theory” of pseudoscience. Nearly everyone will know the names Dembski, Behe, Klinghoffer, and yes, even Luskin! ;-)

  21. Ceteris Paribus

    Just $49.95 per person for the event, and hang on to your ticket stub because there will be a raffle drawing for back-stage admission to the cast Rapture party to follow.

  22. @Ceteris Paribus:

    That they haven’t signed on to the ID scam yet shows that they are behind the times. So it should be no surprise that they’d celebrate a rapture that happened 17 months ago.

  23. If they had some proof that was worth anything they would be shouting it from the rooftops. The simple fact that you have to pay for it proves it is garbage.

  24. Well said, hambo & co. probably have a framed P.T.Barnum quotes hung right beside their autographed pics of Ayn Rand.

  25. @Dean,
    If Ham has a picture of Rand, it’s probably a dartboard. If anything, he has one of Kevin Bacon’s initiation in “Animal House” with the caption “Thank you, sir, may I have another.”

  26. You are probably right, and I bet the dartboard is made by the same company I bought mine from. I just have a sneaking suspicion that “for profit & power” evangelicals don’t really believe what they spout. How can Pat Robertson really believe there is a hell without having a nervous breakdown?

  27. RSG/Gary/Charlie Horse >”Re: requarding — <Tomato Addict is pretty good at coming up with very imaginative answers, so we should summon the Great Juicy Red Orb.”

    {POOF}

    Hi guys! Its been pretty busy in the old tomato patch lately, and I haven’t been hanging around as much. Things should be back to normal once this harvest moon passes.

    Requard, as in something that must be done. Tough questions are required of Christianity. Not sure how to work the “ing” in.

    “Required” pronounced with a good Kentucky accent pretty much comes out “requard”. Trust me on this.

  28. Act now to get in at a special AiG rate of $49.95 per person (that’s $20 off regular pricing).

    You know, the really disturbing thing is that the participants don’t see the venality in this. If there is a God, and a Satan, which one do you think is the type to go around the country, offering lectures on how to get to heaven for the low low admission price of $49.95?

  29. @TA: THAT’S what I’m talking about!

  30. Kentucky State Trooper making a traffic stop on I-275 near the Creation Museum:

    “Sir! Remain in your Vee-hick-ul! You are requard to remain in your Vee-hick-ul!”

    TA, I like your version too, Too bad we can’t work in the “ing” this way.

  31. Dean: “I just have a sneaking suspicion that ‘for profit & power’ evangelicals don’t really believe what they spout.

    That’s certainly possible, though until we can read minds we’ll never know for sure. My own strong suspicion is that peddlers of anti-evolution snake oil – all varieties – are genuinely paranoid, and think that the “masses” won’t behave properly unless they deny “Darwinism.” Peddlers of Biblical creationism, in its mutually contradictory forms, might believe some or all of their particular origins account, as evidenced by their occasional criticism of other “creationist” ones. But ID peddlers almost certainly know that it’s all nonsense. Whenever a critic accuses them of being “creationists,” or worse, YECs, they must give each other high fives. Too often I have seen fellow “Darwinists” carelessly attribute the YEC label to IDers who clearly admit old-earth-old-life, and don’t even unequivocally deny common descent. It’s embarrassing because it sends a message that we’re worse listeners than the anti-evolution activists.