Creationism, Darwinism, Dentistry, & the Devil

OF all the occupations a person could have, dentistry is probably the one which most clearly provides daily evidence that we are a species in the process of evolving, and that we are most definitely not intelligently designed. Yet we frequently encounter dentists on the anti-science side of The Controversy between evolution and creationism.

Relax, dear reader, this isn’t another post about Don McLeroy, the creationist dentist who leads the theocratic faction on the Texas State Board of Education. We’re going way beyond him today.

You’ve heard of the Salem hypothesis — which suggests that there is a correlation between believing in creationism and working in engineering. Today we’re announcing the Curmudgeon’s Conjecture of Dental Destiny (CCDD), which holds that the study and practice of dentistry corresponds with a strong likelihood of being a creationist.

Back in 2008, when we were writing about Florida’s failed creationism bill, we learned that it was sponsored in the state’s House by Representative Alan Hays, a retired dentist. After that we ran across another Florida creationist-dentist, and we wrote Dentists Gone Wild!

Then there was Robert Meissner, a Topeka creationist dentist, who ran (unsuccessfully) for the Kansas State School Board, as we reported here. We’ve found others, but we can’t recall them at the moment.

Now we have another. In the St. Petersburg Times of St. Petersburg, Florida we read Dentist says his research shows the faulty assumptions of evolution. Here are some excerpts, with bold added by us:

When Dr. Jobe Martin went to college and majored in biology, he was taught that Darwin’s theory of evolution explained the origins of life. Now, he says, he feels betrayed.

Betrayed! That’s what happens when someone finally figures out that Darwin’s theory isn’t about the origin of life. Let’s read on:

“The first organic evolution course I took, I became a convinced evolutionist,” Martin said in an interview. “I was never told the other side.”

The long-suppressed other side. This is exciting! We continue:

Martin will talk about “the other side” Sunday at Hope Community Bible Church when he presents “God’s Incredible Creatures that Defy Evolution,” a topic he has presented at churches, colleges and universities in several countries and all 50 states.

What a lucky congregation! Here’s more:

After graduating from dental school in 1966 as an agnostic, Martin served for two years as a captain in the Air Force. During that time, he became a Christian and met and married Jenna Dee. While he would read the Bible, Martin said he never considered the Bible’s account of creation.

I became a theistic evolutionist,” Martin said. “I believed the rest of the Bible was true, but I just didn’t believe in the early chapters of Genesis.

That’s because “the other side” had been hidden from him by the Darwinists. Moving along:

For a time, Martin practiced dentistry, establishing a private practice at NASA in Houston. It was when Martin accepted a teaching post at the Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas in 1971 and was teaching the evolution of the tooth from fish scales that two of his Christian students challenged him to prove that evolution was an accurate explanation for the origin of the earth and all of its abundance and unique life forms.

Quite a challenge! Could you, dear reader, prove what Martin was asked to prove? Of course you couldn’t. No wonder the dentist had an intellectual upheaval at Baylor. Another excerpt:

Martin set out to prove what he had been taught in college. But he found that his studies led him in the opposite direction. “We started studying the assumptions behind evolution, which I was never taught and our students are still not taught,” Martin said. “I thought, ‘They aren’t true.’ “

We’ll skip a few details about the dentist’s struggle to achieve wisdom. You can click over to the St. Petersburg Times for the full account. On with the article:

In 1982, Martin enrolled at Dallas Theological Seminary, graduating with a masters of theology in systematic theology. Since then, he has continued his study of biblical creation vs. evolution. He has written the book Evolution of a Creationist and is president of Biblical Discipleship Ministries.

As you can see, this tale has a happy ending. The dentist struggled against Darwinism and has become a full-blown creationist. Here’s his website: Biblical Discipleship Ministries. Isn’t that wonderful? And now we come to the end:

At Hope Community Bible Church, Martin will explain his personal “evolution.”

[…]

Because we live in Satan’s world system, it’s based on deception and so we’re not allowed to hear about things that can’t be explained using evolution, so they just don’t put them in the textbooks,” Martin said.

It’s a great story, isn’t it? If you’re going to be anywhere in the St. Petersburg area, perhaps you can arrange to attend the dentist’s creationist revival this Sunday at Hope Community Bible Church. Here’s their website.

As we wrap this up, we are left with a profound mystery: Is dentistry a defense against the devil and Darwin, or is it that a few fortunate souls who are naturally inclined toward creationism are somehow drawn into the field of dentistry? This is a question that is worthy of further study.

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10 responses to “Creationism, Darwinism, Dentistry, & the Devil

  1. Here’s another curmudgeonly conundrum of causation, correlation or coincidence to contemplate: Does the fact that I, at almost 56, have never had a cavity, and can count on 2 hands how many times I have been to a dentist in 45 years, have any connection to my criticism of creationism?

  2. Frank J says: “and can count on 2 hands how many times …”

    Two hands? You have two hands? That may explain it.

  3. Curmudgeon: “Two hands? You have two hands? That may explain it.”

    I got hand, but that alone does not make me an anti-dentite.

  4. Not just a global conspiracy, a Satanic global conspiracy. “E-vil, like the FRU-its of the DE-vil!”

  5. This is a job for Homeland Security.

  6. Interesting. When confronted by the fact that evolution can’t be “proven” like a mathematical formula, this dentist then goes with something that not only can’t be proven, but doesn’t have any evidence for it? I guess in for a penny, in for a pound.

  7. Gabriel Hanna

    I grew up in a family with many engineers, I’m friends with engineers, had students who were engineers, and I was an engineering major before I changed to physics.

    And what I learned about engineers is that, in general, if they don’t know it’s not worth knowing.

    Engineers are overrepresented in moon landing conspiracy theories and 9/11 trutherism. Check out the Conservapedia article on relativity; Andy Schlafly uses his engineering credentials to justify his assmonkeyness.

    Of course this is a correlation; no one is saying all engineers are this way.

  8. Well,
    I’ve known a *LOT* of engineers (Mostly mining, a few civ etc, hell, I’m the only non engineer here at work), and while few of them may have a God complex, I don’t think any of them believe He (or They in those rarer cases) created the universe in 6 or so days….

    Sounds like a slightly unfair genralization!!

  9. Richard says: “Sounds like a slightly unfair genralization!!”

    Perhaps. But you should complain to Bruce Salem. It’s his hypothesis.