This was so easy to predict. Yesterday we posted Giberson Invites a Creationist Whirlwind. The first creationist reaction is already on the internet.
It comes from Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the creationist Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia. He runs the online creationist ministry, Answers in Genesis (AIG), and he also created the infamous, mind-boggling Creation Museum.
Ol’ Hambo’s response to Giberson is at the AIG website. It’s titled Is Jesus an Evolutionist? Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
A Nazarene college professor believes [Jesus is an evolutionist]. … From the religion blog at the CNN website, he wrote an article entitled “Jesus would believe in evolution and so should you.”
That’s the article we wrote about yesterday. Hambo goes through Giberson’s article in detail, and after each excerpt he gives us his rebuttal. That makes Hambo’s article difficult to write about in our usual brief format. What we’ll do is give you a small taste of Hambo’s commentary.
He begins by making a false distinction, claiming there are two different kinds of science — what he calls operational science and historical (origins) science. The former (involving lab experiments and such) is acceptable to AIG, but the latter, which includes evolution, is worthless. That’s because only scripture can reveal the past. We posted about this bogus dichotomy before: Creationism and Science. Having thus swept aside geology, climatology, cosmology, and all that science has learned about the past, Hambo says:
From the context of the article, we see that by “evolution” he [Giberson] is referring to Darwinian evolution — molecules to ape-like creatures to man. This is not “truth.” It is a belief about the past.
To claim that Genesis is just an ancient story that “began as an oral tradition for a wandering tribe of Jews” is to attack the Word of God, and thus it is an attack on the Son of God, who is the Word.
Giberson has attacked the Son of God! Now that’s a rebuttal! But ol’ Hambo is just getting started. In response to Giberson’s mention of the Creation Museum, he says:
Those who have actually been to the Creation Museum know it is a place the honors God’s Word and proclaims the gospel.
Yet another devastating rebuttal! But there’s more. After Giberson mentions two centuries of evidence supporting the age of the earth and the evolution of man, Hambo responds with this:
So Paul was wrong in 1 Corinthians 11 about the origins of humans when he twice stated that the woman is of the man? Paul said that the woman (the first woman, Eve), came from the man (a reference to God creating Eve from Adam’s side in Genesis 2). To believe in evolution as Giberson does, one must believe that woman came from an ape-woman and man from and ape-man.
The Bible makes it clear that man was made from dust and woman from his side. Jesus, in Matthew 19, quoted from Genesis 2:24 regarding the “one flesh,” thus clearly stating that the Genesis 2 account is literal history. So if Giberson is right, Jesus didn’t tell the truth, and Paul was wrong.
Decisions, decisions. Oh, this is so difficult! Wait — how about this:
Giberson then discusses supposed evidence for evolution. This evidence is all countered and answered clearly in various articles on answersingenesis.org.
All the evidence for evolution is countered! Then Hambo refers to Giberson’s discussion of God’s “two books” — scripture and nature, which must be read together. Here’s how that one is dealt with:
However, nature is cursed! It is affected by sin. And nature doesn’t “say” anything. Fallible man has to interpret nature. The only way to ensure one has the right basis to interpret it correctly, is to build one’s thinking on the history revealed in Scripture.
When this is done, we understand that nature is suffering from the affects of the Fall. The whole creation groans because of sin (Romans 8:22). One doesn’t look at the creation and see billions of years. That is an interpretation made by fallible man, and that interpretation is incorrect.
Wowie! Science is really worthless! We’ve only given you a sampling of ol’ Hambo’s hatchet-job on Giberson. It goes on and on. Check it all out for yourself, dear reader. Then make your own decision.
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