Ken Ham: On a Mission from God?

This is about an article by Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia. He runs the online creationist ministry, Answers in Genesis (AIG), one of the major sources of young-earth creationist wisdom. He also created the infamous, mind-boggling Creation Museum.

The title of ol’ Hambo’s article asks a profound question: Can God Call Someone To Be a Creation Scientist? Here are some excerpts from Hambo’s answer, with bold font added by us:

It is so thrilling to hear of young kids who want to be creation scientists. I have met so many of these youngsters at the Creation Museum.

Aaaargh!! It appears that one man’s thrill can be another man’s horror. Hambo continues:

God is certainly raising up those in the coming generations who will stand for the Lord and His Word. Here is an exciting email we received this week:

What follows are excerpts from what Hambo claims is the “exciting” email he received. The ellipses are in Hambo’s post:

. . . my family and I are Baptist missionaries serving on the island of Barbados, West Indies . . . For quite some time now, our ten year old son has had a great interest in science and the things around him.

So far, so good. The email goes on:

This past summer during Vacation Bible School, he asked my wife, “Mom, can God call someone to be a creation scientist — someone who preaches and teaches to defend God’s Word and creation?”

How would you react to such a question from your child, dear reader? Probably not in a way that would be featured in Hambo’s blog. The email continues:

She assured him that God could do so, and that we both would be very proud if God called him to be a creation scientist.

Aaaargh!! Here’s more, and the bracketed expression is in the original:

So it was a great thrill to our family when earlier this month we were able to visit the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky. It was further heightened when we were able to hear you speak and [our son was] able to take a picture with you!

Wow — just think of it! They not only got to hear ol’ Hambo speak, but they also got a picture of their son with the great creationist. Here’s how the email ends:

We would appreciate so much your prayers that God would continue to lead in our son’s life that God might use him in a way to bring honor and glory to Himself.

We assume they’re asking for Hambo’s prayers that their son will grow up to be a creation scientist. Here’s Hambo’s response:

Yes, we do need to pray for God’s continual leading in this young man’s life (and the lives of so many other like-minded kids).

Your Curmudgeon is very moved by this lad’s looming plunge into the pit of creation science. So moved, in fact, that we have received an inspiration. Thus we announce:

The Curmudgeon’s Creed

1. God is not an idiot.
2. Therefore, idiots are not created in the image of God.
3. Therefore, encouraging idiocy encourages ungodliness.

We are grateful to AIG for leading us to this profound insight. Keep up the good work, Hambo!

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5 responses to “Ken Ham: On a Mission from God?

  1. Let me be the first to congratulate this young lad on his choice of future career. Perhaps I may offer some advice.

    Firstly you will need a good education. I notice that you give a true definition, “…a creation scientist– someone who preaches and teaches to defend God’s Word and creation…” You need to be strong on the preaching and teaching, science is of less importance, indeed, too much knowledge may lead you astray. There are a number of institutions of higher learning where you could acquire the preaching and teaching skills, entry to these can be gained even by the home-schooled. If you should find that you need a real science qualification, there are a number of establishments that would sell you a doctorate at a very reasonable price.

    Be warned about over-specialization, in debate, you will need to appear knowledgeable in all branches of science, any deficiency can, with practice, be covered by a witty remark or even by the wave of a hand. As most of your audience will be as ignorant as you, you should have no problem.

    If you are serious about the actual study of creation science, I can offer you some advice. You need to read some scientific papers published in the established evolutionist (hint – use the word evolutionist on every possible occasion to describe anything that you disagree with) journals. Remember that you just need to skim through them looking for any phrases that can be used in your work. Do not waste time trying to understand the author’s main argument, it will be full of long words (not that these cannot be used to impress) and will depend upon a deep understanding of the topic that you have not acquired. Do try to understand the title of the paper – all may be lost if you overlook this matter.

    When you come to publish a paper of your own, there are a few points to bare in mind. State some well-know scientific law and make your thesis appear to be the inevitable outcome of it. Citations are useful, but beware the pitfalls: avoid documents that the reader can find on the Internet, use a pseudonym when quoting yourself, and by all means quote from a creationist publication – your supporters will be pleased if it is something that they have read and your opponents may not be able to readily put their hands on it.

    There is lots more that I could say but why not study the masters. Your curmudgeon gives a daily summary including the very best from AIG and ICR.

  2. I know you refer to Hambo as an ‘entrepreneur’, but I’m old enough to remember a UK appellation more appropriate. He is the successor to the cheap black market criminal who made a fast buck in the rationing years after the second world war. He whispers the invitation to examine the fake, dishonest and worthless rubbish hanging inside his overcoat. He’s not an entrepreneur, he’s a ‘spiv’.

  3. Inasmuch as Hambo is really nothing more than a scamming intellectual pornographer, I wouldn’t be surprised if the letter is question is merely sock puppetry.

  4. All this without Hambo taking a single cent from this pool lad? He’s losing his edge, he is!

  5. Curmudgeon: “How would you react to such a question from your child, dear reader? Probably not in a way that would be featured in Hambo’s blog.”

    Right, because I still obey that Commandment that forbids bearing false witness. What I would say is this: Remember when I told you fairy tales, because the moral-of the-story helped you to behave, even though the facts weren’t quite accurate? Well, you can do the same if you’re that paranoid that the “masses” can’t handle the truth. But if you do tell Creation fairy tales, try to say as little as possible about the “whats and whens,” as that would cause some of your audience to demand evidence that’s just not there. Keep the focus on evolution instead. There are all sorts of cool, misleading sound bites that make it look “weak.” As long as you pretend that the refutations don’t exist, your audience will be so impressed by the sound bites that that will rarely think to check out “the rest of the story.”