Creationist Wisdom #118: Eureka!

YOUR Curmudgeon has experienced a rare moment of enlightenment. It came upon us at the website of Jack Chick. Specifically, we were examining old issues of his newsletter, Battle Cry.

While so engaged we had a flash of insight that brought to mind The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe. You know the poem. It begins:

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore

Yes, dear reader, it was in the dusty archives of the Jack Chick website where we found this fantastic article: Evolution: Faith — Not Science! Here are some excerpts, with bold added by us:

The famous atheist Richard Dawkins, wrote: “Biology is the study of complicated things that give the appearance of having been designed for a purpose.” (Richard Dawkins, The Blind Watchmaker, 1996, p. 1)

Even having admitted the evidence, that living things look like they were designed, he is still an atheist. He claims that natural selection makes things look like they were designed.

Did you get that? Dawkins actually sees the evidence of design, yet he denies it. Let’s read on:

Most of us reject this and say these things look like they were designed because they were designed!

It was at that point, dear reader, that your Curmudgeon has his Eureka! moment. It was only yesterday that we posted The Flat Earth Society: It’s Back!, in which we gave the views of Daniel Shenton. the Society’s president:

The Earth is flat, he argues, because it appears flat. The sun and moon are spherical, but much smaller than mainstream science says, and they rotate around a plane of the Earth, because they appear to do so.

And now, in the all-too-often scorned and neglected Jack Chick newsletter, we discover a similar argument for design. Verily, we see a pattern here. Yes — a common thread! Something appears designed, so it is. And the earth appears flat, so it is — Eureka!

Let us continue with the Chick newsletter:

Many evolutionists prefer a different explanation of the things around us. Looking back to the beginning, their schoolbooks usually teach that, at the first, “nothing” exploded and made the universe.

Then on earth, atoms blundered into each other and made the first simple living things, bacteria probably. Then these evolved as natural selection chose the best and eliminated the rest.

When it’s put like that, we can certainly see the problem. Here’s more:

People reproduce people, and bacteria reproduce bacteria. Science and the Bible agree: Living things bring forth according to their kind.

Evolution, on the contrary, teaches that living things started with something small like bacteria (which they often call “primitive”), and by random mutations, brought forth ever higher, more complex kinds. At this point the evolutionist has abandoned scientific evidence for a leap of faith!

Egad — we’ve been such a fool! Moving along:

Evolutionists base this belief on faith alone. It is exactly contrary to the scientific principle of entropy which, among other things, says that random changes to an organized system reduce its organization. Which is right? Check it out with an experiment!

An experiment? Oh, goodie! Let’s see how it works:

Take a sledge hammer, close your eyes and hit a functioning system with it! Whether you hit a television set, a hog at the slaughter house, or a bacterium, the random changes made by the blow will reduce rather than increase the system’s ability to function.

Aaaargh!! Another excerpt from the Chick article:

Such experiments prove the rule: random changes to an organized system reduce its functionality! A scientific word for this rule is “entropy.” Mutations and other random changes don’t increase organization, they reduce it.

This is where evolutionists abandon science for faith. They believe, in spite of all scientific evidence, that random damage caused by mutations made bacteria become fish, and fish become people. They end up propagating an idea exactly contrary to both the scientific principle of entropy and to the evidence.

Powerful stuff. And now we come to the end:

After examining the evidence that proves this scientific principle, they choose to believe the opposite! Shame on them!

Shame. Shame! One final quote from Poe captures your Curmudgeon’s mood at this moment:

And the Raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting,
On the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door;
And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon’s that is dreaming,
And the lamp-light o’er him streaming throws his shadow on the floor;
And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor,
Shall be lifted — nevermore!

For more wisdom from this source, see Creationist Comic Books from Jack Chick.

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7 responses to “Creationist Wisdom #118: Eureka!

  1. Creationists should really avoid using the term “entropy.”

  2. James F says:

    Creationists should really avoid using the term “entropy.”

    Speaking of entropy, shouldn’t hell be cooling down? The climate ought to be rather pleasant there by now.

  3. I have a friend who used to be a Baalist. I don’t think these guys are any more serious about flatness than my friend was about Baalism.

    The rhetoric on their website reads like heavy-handed satire. In fact, when my dad mentioned FlatEarthers when I was a kid, that’s what we all assumed it was — an elaborate joke. Sounds like it now, too.

  4. Gabriel Hanna

    among other things, says that random changes to an organized system reduce its organization.

    Nonsense. The smaller the change, the more likely it is to INCREASE the “organization”, up to a maximum.

    Take six pennies, throw them up into the air. Suppose that five land heads up, the other tails up. You want to get them all the same.

    So which makes more sense? reflip the tails-up one, or reflip the five heads and hope they all come up tails. Doing it the first way, you get 50% chance of improvement, done the second way, you get 1 chance in 32.

    Speaking of entropy, shouldn’t hell be cooling down? The climate ought to be rather pleasant there by now.

    Depends on how big hell is, and what it’s in thermal equilibrium with, and how hot it is to begin with. Some people found time to work out the temperatures of hell and heaven from the hints given in the Bible and a few reasonable assumptions:

    I have a friend who used to be a Baalist.

    Baal just means “Lord”, and he was the god of the sky. He was represented by bulls, usually. Now you know why Aaron made a golden calf for the Israelites to worship, and why Jehu set up bull statues in Shechem, saying “here are your gods, O Israel, that brought you out of Egypt”.

    Now I always wondered why the Israelites would be dumb enough to do that, especially the Exodus generation which EXPERIENCED being brought out of Egypt.

    And then I realized it–everyone in that part of the world was worshipping bulls, INCLUDING the Israelites, and it wasn’t until hundreds of years later that they had more sophisticated ideas about God having no physical form. So when they looked back at their past legends they were horrified by the “idolatry”, having forgotten the details of their cult.

  5. Gabriel Hanna says: “Some people found time to work out the temperatures of hell …”

    I vaguely recall seeing that years ago. Thanks for posting the link.

  6. Flat Earth and creationism remind me of the “hollow Earth” theory

  7. penntowers: “Flat Earth and creationism remind me of the “hollow Earth” theory.”

    Flat Earth is one of the mutually contradictory pseudosciences called “creationism.” The spherical Earth, geocentric versions (young and old Earth variants) are compromises that sell well to most nonscientists, but the slickest approach is ID with it’s “don’t ask, don’t tell what the designer did, when or how” policy.

    The mere existence of such a hopeless cacophony of failed alternatives plus a new-agey “one size fits all” ID is a virtual admission that evolution remains the only reasonable explanation.