AIG: How To Avoid Learning Anything in College

This is a squeal to Satan in the College Classroom. It’s from the online creationist ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia. Yes, it’s from Answers in Genesis (AIG), one of the major sources of young-earth creationist wisdom. Ol’ Hambo also created the infamous, mind-boggling Creation Museum.

The title of today’s article is Overcoming Doubt, Strengthening Your Faith in College, Part 3. Our prior post was about AIG’s Part 2, and we missed their Part 1. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:

You were taught in Sunday school that God created the world. You may have even studied some of the evidences for a young earth. You consider yourself a creationist. But what happens when you enroll at a secular university … and hear the professor confidently lecture on evolution, perhaps even ridiculing the creationist perspective? When confronted with supposed evidences of evolution, will you doubt what you’ve always believed?

This is a big issue. What happens when a young creationist goes to school and learns the shocking news that the earth isn’t 6,000 years old, and Noah’s Flood is just a myth? AIG’s article is an important lesson in how to retain your Sunday School learning and disregard everything else. It says:

Through this interview with Laura — a chemistry student at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri — learn how to strengthen your faith in God’s Word, finding it a firm foundation in the midst of seismic deceit and doubt.

“Seismic deceit and doubt” — BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Let’s read on:

[AIG:] Laura, would you consider yourself a creationist before you entered college?

[Laura:] Yes. Using a good homeschool science curriculum in high school brought my attention to the debate, and I quickly began to enjoy reading other books on the topic. In fact, the reason that I chose to study science was because I love seeing God’s hand in His creation.

Stay with us. It gets better:

[AIG:] How have your beliefs been challenged or changed through science courses that promote evolution?

[Laura:] When I entered college, I had only really been exposed to pro-creationism and the evidence for it. It seemed like a ridiculous idea to believe anything but God could have made the world like we know it. However, as I listened to my biology teacher lecture on various evidences of evolution, I saw that many things in science could be used as “evidence” for either side. What a person saw depended on the assumptions and biases they started with.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Here’s more from Laura’s answer:

But I still began to wonder: if the “evidence” could go either way you wanted it to, how could I know that creationism was the right choice? I began to read more, particularly looking for books and articles that discussed the underlying reasons for believing one way over the other. One book in particular was helpful: The Ultimate Proof of Creation by Jason Lisle. I finally had words for what I had begun to see. The “evidence” can be whatever you want it to be.

Jason Lisle — BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Laura’s answer continues:

The real issue is what your ultimate source of truth is. As a Christian, I believe that the Bible is the infallible Word of God, and it should be taken at face value. Rather than interpreting it with popular scientific beliefs, it is the book through which science and the world should be interpreted. I finally understood that the creation/evolution debate was not a question of evidence; it was a question of ultimate truth.

There’s much more to Laura’s interview, but we’ll skip it and give you AIG’s conclusion:

God asked Job, “”Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding”” (Job 38:4). Your professor was not there, and neither were any of us. But the eternal God has told us in the Bible what happened in the beginning when He created the heavens and the earth. No matter how many degrees a professor holds, if what he says doesn’t line up with Scripture, doubt his word, not God’s Word.

We’re confident that Laura has a great future in science. And if you follow her example, you’ll know how to go to college, study science, and remain a creationist. Good luck, kiddies!

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5 responses to “AIG: How To Avoid Learning Anything in College

  1. Hamm’s use of the word “seismic” is ironic.. I think. Do Young Earth Creationists believe in plate tectonics? You’d think that would be on their long list of things they have to deny in order to believe in Creationism. But if they don’t believe in plate tectonics then what do they think causes earthquakes?

  2. Laura probably doesn’t have a lot of conflicts studying chemistry.

    It would be more interesting to hear the views of a biology, physics, or geology major.

  3. Steven J. Thompson

    Many young-earth creationists believe in plate tectonics, although they believe that they worked much, much faster (say, motorboat speed or so) when Pangaea broke up after Noah’s Flood.

    Still, I find myself fascinated by the concept that “The “evidence” can be whatever you want it to be. The real issue is what your ultimate source of truth is.” Taken literally, that would imply that science is useless: evidence can never decide between rival hypotheses, since one can always “interpret” the evidence to support the favored hypothesis. Of course, taken literally, it would imply that not only common descent and an old Earth, but meteorology is false: the Bible, read literally, attributes rain to the waters above the sky falling to Earth through windows in the sky. One wonders how Laura would respond to the ideas of a modern geocentrist creationist like Gerardus Bouw.

  4. Curmudgeon: “We’re confident that Laura has a great future in pseudoscience.”

    As a thanks for correcting dozens of my typos, I corrected one of yours.

  5. I don’t for one minute believe that “Laura” actually exists, or that this is a bona fide interview. Her words are too pat. The interview is an invention of Ken Ham.

    Likewise the child that donated a large sum to the Creation Museum.

    All made up. Why no last name for “Laura”, Ken? What clinched it for me was the plug for Jason Lisle’s book.