Adam’s Rib Shocker: AIG Follows the Evidence

WE found something quite unexpected at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), one of the major sources of young-earth creationist wisdom. It’s this new article: Women Have More Ribs Than Men. Here are some excerpts, with bold added by us:

One of the most persistent arguments used by many to “prove” the Bible is true is that women have more ribs than men. This “fact” is glibly repeated over coffee and donuts or innocently recited to children in Sunday School. After all, the Bible does say that woman was made from one of Adam’s ribs.

Then they quote the relevant scripture:

And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. (Genesis 2:21-22)

Well, from the creationist point of view that settles the matter — doesn’t it? Why wouldn’t Sunday schools teach that women have more ribs than men? It’s scriptural! But for once, AIG doesn’t stop there. Let’s read on:

If a man has an appendix or gall bladder removed, would his children be born without these organs? Of course, no one would even suggest such a thing. However, in the case of Adam and his rib, this unsupportable concept continues to be propagated.

We see far dumber notions promoted at creationist websites all the time — like the universe’s being only 6,000 years old. Why should this rib business be any different? Let’s continue:

The most basic picture book of the human body shows even young children that women and men have the same number of ribs. Observations in the present world thus instantly disprove this anatomic legend.

Real world observations? Wow! This is most unlike AIG. Are they seriously suggesting that observable facts can overturn a scripture-based legend? Moving along:

Since the rib fable is so readily refuted with simple anatomic facts, we wonder why many well-meaning Christians continue to spread it.

It is a puzzlement, but only to rational observers. The strange thing here is why AIG is troubled — especially considering how many other “readily refuted” legends they promote. This is the end of the article:

The rib fable is definitely an argument Christians should not use.

They have a list of arguments that should never be used, but we can’t figure out how they decide when to use evidence and when to ignore it.

If AIG keeps this up, it’s going to shake the wacky world of creationism to its foundations. We suspect they’ll come to their senses — or whatever creationists use — and drop this dangerous line of thinking. It can only lead to the Lake of Fire.

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8 responses to “Adam’s Rib Shocker: AIG Follows the Evidence

  1. But…, but isn’t the Babble infallible and doesn’t Hammy say so in his “museum”. Now he says it’s a fable. It’s enough to turn me atheist. (sarcasm)

  2. One of these years those of us who see creationism (including ID) as strategies instead of beliefs won’t be such a small minority among “Darwinists.” Seen in that light, this latest admission is just what I expect of AiG. They have published other YEC arguments that they say should not be used, and those just happen to be the ones that are least likely to “sell.” OECs go even further, figuring (correctly if the poll in the latest RNCSE is any indication) that the great majority of committed evolution-deniers would reject YEC too if they gave serious thought to the evidence. But AiG is more confident that promoting YEC directly “sells” best. Though a more “adult” version than Hovind or Jack Chick peddle.

    Sooner or later, though, all anti-evolution activist groups will realize that ID’s “don’t ask, don’t tell what the designer did, when or how” approach makes the best strategy. Despite their hopeless disagreements regarding “what happened when” or how best to keep people from accepting evolution, they all agree that promoting unreasonable doubt of evolution is the most important goal. What the “masses” believe after rejecting evolution is secondary.

  3. A couple years ago we were visiting an old friend (who happens to be very religious) and I was shocked to hear her say to my daughter, “yes, God made woman from Adam and that is why all women have fewer ribs even today.” We are talking about a college-educated, otherwise functional adult here.

  4. Carson says:

    … and I was shocked to hear her say to my daughter …

    Silly woman. The truth is that Eve was made from Adam’s uterus, which is why men don’t have those things.

  5. Well, I always figured that since women have an extra X chromosome it only makes sense than they have an extra rib.

    And before the kids try this at home, when I was a teenager many moons ago it didn’t work to ask a Christian cutie to take her blouse off so one could count her ribs. 🙂

  6. RBH says:

    … when I was a teenager many moons ago it didn’t work to ask a Christian cutie to take her blouse off so one could count her ribs.

    I donno why it didn’t work. I wish I had known about that technique. Sounds like a winner.

  7. RBH:

    The real reason it didn’t work is because you were saying nerdy things about X-chromosomes, and she was afraid that you’d brand her with an X. 😉

    (note: if you’re not “the” RBH, I’ll explain the sick joke later)

  8. If Eve was cloned from Adam… wouldn’t that make her his sister? Actually, it’s worse — she would be something normally impossible and even closer yet, an identical twin sister.

    By the way, wasn’t there once opposition to the use of anesthesia on religious grounds? If the LORD Himself caused a “deep sleep” to fall upon Adam before He performed the ribectomy, it would seem like excellent Scriptural justification…