We like to see doctrinal food-fights among various creationist groups. It’s educational, because it demonstrates a vital difference between science and theology. When scientists disagree, they can conduct an experiment or search for other evidence, and reality will resolve the issue; but there is no comparable dispute-resolution mechanism for theological disagreements.
We recently posted the news that Ken Ham Was Expelled from Homeschool Conventions. It seems that even a young-earth creationist homeschool convention found Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the creationist Australian entrepreneur who brought you Answers in Genesis (AIG) and the infamous, mind-boggling Creation Museum, to be too strident and controversial.
For a brief moment it appeared that Hambo had been totally isolated from his fellow creationists, but today it looks like he’s picked up an ally — the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) — the fountainhead of young-earth creationist wisdom. They’ve just posted an article by Henry Morris III, the son of ICR’s founder. Young Morris is carrying on the family’s creationism business as ICR’s president.
Morris’ article is titled A Time to Keep Silent, and a Time to Speak. It begins with some quotes from scripture, leading Morris to say:
If we as Bible-believing Christians truly affirm that Jesus is, in fact, God incarnate and that His gospel is, in fact, the only remedy for a sin-dead and fallen world, then we are also under heaven’s authority to confirm and endorse Christ’s message — to the exclusion of all others.
Then he discusses some of the participants in creationist homeschool conventions, mentioning those whose religious opinions are unacceptable to him. We’ll skip about two-thirds of the article because it’s all sectarian squabbling. The good part comes near the end. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us, and scripture references deleted:
Removing a nationally-known and highly-respected defender of the Bible like Ken Ham — one who truly supports the efforts of Christian homeschooling — reveals the sad state of today’s homeschool movement. Given the same scenario in the first century, Jesus would have been “disinvited” from speaking at these conventions, and certainly the apostle Paul for naming names, as he did in his epistles.
Are we reading that correctly? Removing Ken Ham is like removing Jesus? Yes, after you read the start of Morris’ essay, about how intolerant Morris thinks Jesus was (“no man cometh unto the Father, but by me”), you’ll realize that’s exactly what young Morris said. Let’s read on:
These short-sighted actions by homeschool organizers now run the risk of dividing and dismembering much of what has made Christian homeschooling effective. No doubt those parents who love the Word of God will think twice before investing their precious resources in similar events in the future. Perhaps this incident provides a crucial opportunity for reflection, renewal, and hopefully a recommitment amongst homeschool leaders everywhere.
An “opportunity for reflection” by creationist homeschoolers? Is he kidding? Oh, he’s talking about the homeschool leaders, not the parents who inflict such stuff on their children. Well, yes, the leaders can think. And they’ve already made their decision to expel ol’ Hambo. We continue:
The organizers of these events have a choice: to resolutely and openly declare themselves and their conventions to be uncompromisingly Christian or to announce that they no longer will characterize their work as founded on the teachings of the Bible.
Whoa! Now there’s a declaration of sectarian intolerance if ever we saw one. That’ll make ICR as popular as Ken Ham at homeschool conventions. That’s not surprising. Young Morris is proud that ol’ Hambo got his start at ICR. We wrote about that in this post: Henry Morris and the Ministry of Truth. You see, dear reader, there’s a reason why we call ICR the fountainhead of young-earth creationist wisdom.
We don’t have a horse in this race, so we’re sitting back and watching the situation unfold. Actually, that’s a bad way to put it — the horse is a noble beast. This is more like a beauty contest for toads. We can’t cheer for any of them.
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