FOR more than a year we have chronicled the Niagara of lies, misquotes, deception, and idiocy that routinely flows from creationist sources. Can you imagine taking a lesson in morality from a creationist? You can’t imagine that? Well, brace yourself, because that’s what’s coming.
Your Curmudgeon brings you the view from Answers in Genesis (AIG), one of the major sources of creationist wisdom. They have this amazing article at their website: Morality and the Irrationality of an Evolutionary Worldview.
The authors are Dr. Georgia Purdom and Dr. Jason Lisle. It required two PhDs to produce the mess you’re being exposed to today. We would have guessed that these two received their degrees in something like Colonic Irrigation, but according to the biographical information at the AIG site it appears otherwise. See: Dr. Georgia Purdom, who received her Ph.D. in molecular genetics from Ohio State University:
Dr. Purdom heard first heard Ken Ham speak several years ago when she was a student at Cedarville University (in Central Ohio). She soon had a dream of being able to work in creation studies, especially after noticing that there were not very many women engaged in even part-time creation research and lecturing.
At the university level, Jason discovered that an important element in scientific study and the drawing of conclusions was this: that scientists usually are not aware of their presuppositions (i.e. they interpret scientific evidence in light of their existing worldview). It thus made it easier for him to see that intelligent scientists, many who were his professors, can disagree on what the evidence really means, for they have different starting points. So as he read creation materials, he could see that when the evidence was properly interpreted, it always supported the biblical account of creation (even with the thorny question of starlight and time).
Dr. Lisle graduated summa cum laude from Ohio Wesleyan University where he double-majored in physics and astronomy, and minored in mathematics. He did graduate work at the University of Colorado where he earned a Master’s degree and a Ph.D. in Astrophysics.
Here are some excerpts from their article on creationist morality, with bold added by us. They begin by declaring their premise, or as Dr. Lisle would say — their presuppositions:
Morality is a very difficult problem for the evolutionary worldview. This is not to say that evolutionists are somehow less moral than biblical creationists — or anyone else. Most evolutionists adhere to a moral code and believe in the concept of right and wrong. But evolutionists have no rational reason for this position. Thus, only creationists have a rational, logical, and consistent reason for morality.
Your Curmudgeon isn’t a theologian, and the authors have their presuppositions, so let’s read on to see what they have to teach us:
Even though most people do not acknowledge it, the morality and rules that most humans adhere to have their basis in the Bible, specifically in the literal history of Genesis. The Bible claims to be the revealed Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21) and that the biblical God is the ultimate authority and foundation for knowledge (Hebrews 6:13; Proverbs 1:7, 2:6; Colossians 2:3). The Bible tells us that God is the Creator of all things and, therefore, all things belong to Him (Genesis 1:1; Psalm 24:1). Thus, God as the Creator has the right to define absolute standards of behavior.
Fascinating. Even Confucius got his morality from Genesis. Who knew? We assume that if Drs Purdom and Lisle — AIG’s two creationist moralists — were confronted with Socrates’ Euthyphro dilemma — “Is what is moral commanded by the gods because it is moral, or is it moral because it is commanded by the gods?” — their answer would be the latter option. But how then would they explain Abraham’s behavior when God announced His intention to exterminate the populations of Sodom and Gomorrah? Abraham objected and told God that it would be unjust to kill the good along with the rest. And what of Moses’ reaction when God announced His intention to exterminate the Hebrews because of the golden calf incident? Moses argued God out of doing it.
Having no answer to these problems, we continue:
Murder is an obvious example of immoral behavior. The basis for this comes from Genesis 1:27 which states that human beings are made in God’s image and are different from the animals. Murder is condemned in Genesis 4 where God punishes the first murderer, Cain, for killing his brother Abel. God’s condemnation of murder is further established in the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:13). Death and suffering were not part of God’s original creation as exhibited by God’s command to Adam and Eve and the animals to eat only plants (Genesis 1:29–30). God states in Genesis 1:31 that His creation was “very good.” This terminology is meaningless if it includes death and suffering.
Claims to the effect that “Without Genesis there is no morality” come up frequently, and it’s always surprising, because basic morality is such a simple thing. Suppose you evolved from some primordial blob without any divine action at all. Okay, you’re on your own, with no bible, just your intelligence to guide you. You’re looking for a place to settle down with your family and your flocks. Assume that the cities you might move to have signs outside their gates, telling you the rules. One says: “Murder is okay with us!” Another says: “Welcome, and we’ll rape your women!” Yet another says: “No private property here. We’ll take all your stuff!” Do you need to consult Genesis before you to decide to avoid those places? You’ll choose a city with a sign saying “No murder, rape, or theft,” as will most people. Those are the successful societies.
We’re going to skip the bulk of the article and give you one more excerpt from the end:
We must, therefore, conclude that evolutionists are being inconsistent (irrational) when they talk about right and wrong, since such concepts are meaningless within their professed worldview. Like so many things that we often take for granted, the existence of morality confirms that biblical creation is true.
So there you are. According to AIG, if murder is wrong, that proves creationism. So you know what you can do with your Darwinism.
Update: See Creationism and Morality, Part 2.
Update: See Creationism and Morality, Part 3.
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