This is about a blog article by Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the genius who brought you the website Answers in Genesis (AIG) and the mind-boggling Creation Museum.
We present to you, dear reader, some excerpts from A Testimony from a Creationist Pediatrician, which appears at the AIG website.
Yes, we not only have creationist dentists, like Don McLeroy and many others (see Creationism, Darwinism, Dentistry, & the Devil), plus a creationist astrophysicist (Jason Lisle, Ph.D.), but now we have a creationist pediatrician. This is exciting!
Let’s get right to it, because we know you’re curious. Hambo says, with bold font added by us:
This past Thursday, AiG staff had the privilege of hearing a presentation from a specialist doctor who changed from being an evolutionist to an on-fire biblical creationist. He now teaches others on the importance of taking Genesis as literal history.
Woo hoo — he’s on fire! Let’s read more about this flaming creationist:
Dr. Doug Henry is a pediatrician, currently working at Ft. Campbell Army military base near Clarksville, TN. He trained at Columbia University Medical Center and did his residency at Presbyterian Hospital in New York City, the pediatric training hospital then called Babies Hospital.
Good credentials. So what happened to the fellow? Hambo reports that Dr. Henry told him this:
I [Doug Henry] was an evolutionist for 20 years or so after high school, even as a Christian. I was challenged to think about the process of, and rate required for, fossilization to occur. AiG had a significant part in that challenge to me.
Part of God’s will for me is to defend the “pre-Israelite” Bible (Genesis 1–11) to the church, in view of the dearth of ability in churches to consider why young earth creationism is not only what the Bible teaches but is also consistent with what science demonstrates.
Woweee! Genesis is “consistent with what science demonstrates.” What else did the good doctor say to Hambo? Here’s one more quote:
My wife, grandchildren, and our guest family had a great experience at the museum. Thanks for your ministry!
But wait, there’s more! At our link to Hambo’s blog article he provides not only photos of him with this great physician, but there’s also a link to an audio tape which allows you to hear what Hambo says is “Dr. Henry’s 20 minute presentation to the staff here:” You won’t want to miss that!
What else can we say? Not much. The Army personnel at Ft. Campbell are indeed fortunate to have Dr. Henry’s services.
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Amazing. No doubt he refers to the fact that soft tissues have to be buried quickly in order not to rot, and thereon to fossilize. What I’m wondering is, where are all of the soft-bodied fossils? We find a very few in special circumstances (the great Chinese fossils found in recent years were in most cases quickly covered by volcanic ash), but they’re far from common. Wouldn’t there be many more great fossils if the flood quickly killed and covered so many organisms very quickly? And mightn’t a few sinners have been fossilized in close proximity to their dinosaurian steeds?
But hey, I niggle. The point is conversion, and a pediatrician converted, not just their usual bumpkins. That he was fooled like the bumpkins, well, that’s the mission of AiG, hence it’s a clear success.
So, if he doesn’t believe evolution — and I wonder if he ever did, using the word “evolutionist” as he does, how does he treat diabetes?
There is the fossil problem, and the lack of random whale skeletons lying about in the alps, for instance, marooned when the waters receded, but the flood does explain why none of the genetic code of the “sons of god” who were breeding with the women of their choosing in Genesis 6 survived. Apparently the genetic bottleneck through Noah purged all the god DNA. Just a random thought.
Hambo should be a little embarrassed to have to trumpet any educated person who visits his museum. He’s just calling attention to how rare it is.
The guy is educated, but I donno what kind of physician he is. Note that he’s not described as an Army officer, yet he “works at” an Army facility. And he’s not described as being the head of pediatrics or anything. He’s an employed doctor. Presumably he has no private practice, and there’s no hint that he does research. I know nothing about the practice of medicine, but this guy may be doing little more than practicing midwifery. Even a creationist can do that.
Ellie: “So, if he doesn’t believe evolution — and I wonder if he ever did, using the word “evolutionist” as he does, how does he treat diabetes?”
Almost certainly using the “micro/macro” nonsense. More importantly, if he truly thinks that the evidence supports a young Earth, he ought to want to spend at least as much time refuting OECs, especially those at the DI who accept, or are “unsure of,” common descent. Like him those other evolution-deniers don’t have a prior commitment to (methodological) naturalism, so the debate can stick to the “what happened when” without dragging in the irrelevant design issue.
If he doesn’t think it’s important to challenge them, then he can reasonably be suspected of lacking confidence that the evidence truly supports his YE “theory.”
How sad your beliefs have to be if news about a paediatrician sharing them makes you happier to be a creationist.
I’ve been rereading the Bible this week, and I’ve been amusing myself trying to calculate the age of the earth from it. Anyway, in closely reading Genesis it seems poor old Methusaleh died in the Flood. But it’s not easy to pin down exactly when the Flood happened; it seems to have gone on for about a two years.
According to Wikipedia, “Extra-biblical tradition records that he died on the 11th of Cheshvan of the year 1656 (Anno Mundi, after Creation), at the age of 969, seven days before the beginning of the Great Flood. According to Rashi on Genesis 7:4, The Holy One delayed the Flood specifically because of the seven days of mourning in honor of the righteous Methuselah.”
RogerE, I am very sad to see you depart from the strict and plain text of the Bible.
The Byzantine Empire dated by Annos Mundi, but their year 1 was September 1, 5509 BC. (I don’t use BC and BCE because I think they are absurd PC circumlocutions.) (They didn’t call themselves “Byzantines” either, they called themselves the Roman Empire, which they were.)