ACCORDING to Poe’s Law: “Without a winking smiley or other blatant display of humour, it is impossible to create a parody of fundamentalism that someone won’t mistake for the real thing.” Poe’s Law is familiar to most of us who follow The Controversy between evolution and creationism.
Having said that, dear reader, you would probably be of the opinion that a professional creationist operator like Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the genius who brought you the website Answers in Genesis (AIG) and the mind-boggling Creation Museum — would never fall victim to what we call “a Poe.”
But even a master can be scammed. Let us look at what Hambo has just posted on his own blog at the AIG website: From Old Earth Compromise Back to Biblical Authority. Here are some excerpts, with bold added by us:
We have heard many testimonies over the years of Christians who had compromised the Word of God (thus undermining its authority), but have had their eyes opened and recognized that they needed to return to biblical authority — as a result of being influenced by the AiG ministry.
Hambo must find that kind of thing deeply satisfying — as well as being financially rewarding. Is he now going to tell us about such a “testimony”? Let’s read on:
Sadly, many Christian leaders (pastors, college professors, seminary professors, etc.) have taken the pagan religion of the age (evolutionary humanism) to explain life without God, and they use such a belief to be in authority over God’s Word.
Evolutionary humanism? Oh m’God! We continue:
This testimony we received this week reveals how God’s people need to return to biblical authority:
Okay, now you know what’s coming. Hambo is sharing this week’s “testimony” with us. But as you read it, please consider whether Hambo has fallen for a Poe. Here’s the testimony, and besides adding bold font, we’ll add some color for additional emphasis:
I was an old earth creationist because it just seemed to make good sense. After some reading, I was inspired enough to work a full day’s visit to the Creation Museum into my vacation plans.
Gotta love it! Moving along:
All my foundations cracked and now I am firmly a believer in the 6, 24-hour day, literal creation, as the Bible clearly teaches.
Poe or no? Take your time deciding, dear reader. It’s not over yet. Here’s another excerpt:
The issue is undoubtedly the authority of Scripture as it clearly speaks. Though many others may think me a fool to ignore what seems to be ‘reasonable,’ I cannot help but to accept God’s Word on faith.
One final portion of the testimony remains:
When something contradicts the Word, I can’t be swayed by the ideas of men.
There it is. Hambo finds it convincing. As for your Curmudgeon, we think that somewhere there’s a teenager laughing it up with his buddies at how he wrote a letter that bamboozled ol’ Hambo. But who knows? It’s in the nature of Poe’s Law that we can’t distinguish between the two possibilities.
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