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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