The weekend is a good time to refer you to a fine old essay by Isaac Asimov.
It’s titled The “Threat” of Creationism, and was written back in 1981. There is never anything new in creationism, so the essay is still up-to-date. We know you’re going to read the whole thing, so we’ll only excerpt a tiny bit:
They are creationists — they call themselves “scientific” creationists — and they are a growing power in the land, demanding that schools be forced to teach their views. State legislatures, mindful of the votes, are beginning to succumb to the pressure. In perhaps 15 states, bills have been introduced, putting forth the creationist point of view, and in others, strong movements are gaining momentum.
Asimov is referring to a wave of “equal time” legislation being promoted back then by the Institute for Creation Research. See: Antievolutionism and Creationism in the United States. Here’s a bit more from Asimov’s article:
To those who are trained in science, creationism seems like a bad dream, a sudden reliving of a nightmare, a renewed march of an army of the night risen to challenge free thought and enlightenment.
Tens of millions of Americans, who neither know nor understand the actual arguments for or even against evolution, march in the army of the night with their Bibles held high. And they are a strong and frightening force, impervious to, and immunized against, the feeble lance of mere reason.
That’s enough. Now click over to that link and read it all. It’s pretty much a summary of everything.
But wait, there’s more! For your continuing weekend pleasure, we offer something at the website of the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) — the fountainhead of young-earth creationist wisdom. To our great surprise, we found an article there authored by Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the promoter of Answers in Genesis (AIG) and the mind-boggling Creation Museum.
Hambo’s article was written on the occasion of Asimov’s death in 1992, which was before Hambo had gone into the creationism business for himself. That explains why this article appears at the ICR website. Here are some excerpts from Hambo’s charming memorial to Asimov titled Asimov Meets His Creator. The bold font was added by us, and we’ve omitted scripture references:
Isaac Asimov, President of the American Humanist Association, science fiction writer, ardent evolutionist, and active anti-creationist, died recently.
According to Asimov, death over millions of years finally resulted in man and his complex brain being formed. You see, evolution was his religion — his system of belief about the meaning of life, and his origin and destiny.
We are grateful to Hambo for explaining Asimov’s thinking, because Isaac was a man of mystery who never bothered to leave us any written record of his thoughts. Let’s read on:
However, the Christian message is that death is an intrusion into this universe because of sin. …
The Bible also teaches that those who do not repent of their sin and accept what was accomplished on the cross of Calvary suffer a second death. When their body dies, physically, that is not the end of their existence. “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Hambo gleefully informs us that Isaac is now suffering in the lake of fire. He continues:
As I thought about Isaac Asimov’s death and contemplated the meaning of death, the thought came to me that there is a choice before people today similar to that given Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.
Oh? And what would that be? Shall we ride a dinosaur this morning, or maybe eat some fruit from that pretty tree conveniently placed in the middle of the Garden? Hambo tells us:
There is a choice today between the Tree of Death and the Tree of Life. In biology, we are taught that man is a product of the evolutionary tree. The picture of evolution in our textbooks is referred to as a tree with the various branches depicting the directions of the evolutionary process. This tree teaches that death over millions of years brought man into existence — that death is really what life is all about. It teaches us that man is just another animal in this struggle for survival, so he has no real set of rules to govern him except his own instincts and desires.
Got that? Biology teaches that death “is really what life is all about,” and there are no rules. Here’s more:
Hitler thus used evolution to justify death to millions of those he deemed unfit to survive. Abortionists often use evolution to justify death to millions of unborn babies. Communists have used evolution to justify death to millions.
Hitler! Abortion! Communism! Egad! Moving along:
Jesus Christ offers us the Tree of Life — the cross of Calvary that allows us to gain access to the Tree of Life. Sadly, many today, like Isaac Asimov, are choosing the Tree of Death.
Yes, Isaac made the wrong choice. Another excerpt:
In reading over Luke 16:19-31 today, Isaac Asimov again came to mind. As far as I know, he never made a profession of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. As far as I know, he is now experiencing the judgment described by the Lord Jesus in this most serious passage.
Isaac Asimov read creationist books. He read the Bible. He had ample opportunity to kneel before his Creator and Savior. He refused.
He refused? Then he was a fool! Burn, Isaac, burn!
Thank you, Hambo, for your wondrous and loving insights.
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