This is a peculiar article we found at the website of the granddaddy of all creationist outfits — the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) — the fountainhead of young-earth creationist wisdom. Well, they’re all peculiar, but this one is especially so.
It’s titled Bait and Switch: A Trick Used by Both Anglerfish and Evolutionists, and it’s written by James J. S. Johnson, J.D., Th.D. He has two middle initials, which is very classy, and he not only has a law degree, but he’s also a Doctor of Theology. He’s described at the end as “Associate Professor of Apologetics and Chief Academic Officer at the Institute for Creation Research.” Most impressive! Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us and scripture references omitted:
“Bait and switch” is one of the oldest tactics under the sun … or seawater. In it, a person (or creature) is lured by something desirable that is then switched out with something much less desirable, or even fatal. It is a fact of life in this fallen world — in the world of nature, in courts of law, and in evolutionary stories about origins.
A provocative beginning! The first half of the article is about the behavior of anglerfish. We’ll skip over that until we get to the section that’s sub-titled: “Bait and Switch in Evolutionary Mythology.” Okay, here it comes:
Bait and switch is a tactic often used by evolutionists, but it was used by the Creator’s detractors long before Darwin and Huxley. The serpent baited Eve, in Eden, with the promise that eating the forbidden fruit would make Adam and Eve “as gods.” This was the first and worst case of false advertising.
Truly horrible! How do “evolutionists” use this diabolical tactic? Let’s read on:
But Darwin’s sophistic marketing phrase “natural selection” likely holds the record as the slickest bait and switch ploy of evolution’s marketing team. By using the word “selection,” Darwin necessarily implies a “selector,” a decision-maker capable of making an information-based choice. Yet, by using the adjective “natural,” Darwin appears to remove the supernatural — i.e., God the Creator.
That Darwin was a sly one — just like the serpent in the Garden of Eden! We continue:
An inanimate “pond” of mythical “soup” has no intelligence for selecting anyone or anything, so the phrase “natural selection” is itself a semantic bait and switch — implying intelligent decisions, then switching to a physical environment of nonliving “stuff” incapable of intelligent selection.
Golly, he’s right — an inanimate pond can’t do any selecting! Here’s more:
As Dr. Randy Guliuzza thoroughly analyzed and repeatedly demonstrated in his recent series of Acts & Facts articles [that’s ICR’s creationist publication], the naturalistic theory of evolution provides no identifiable “selector” who can actually make any favorable (or unfavorable) selections, whether those selections be “natural” or not.
Darwin’s theory has no “selector”! Moving along:
This is a fatal flaw in the attempted logic of evolutionary theory, because the magical phrase “natural selection” is absolutely needed to provide a theoretical mechanism to allow the possibility of past and present diversity of life (in their breedable kinds) on earth, apart from a Creator just like the God of the Bible.
It’s so obvious! How could we have been so wrong? Another excerpt:
But, there is no natural “selector” to substitute for God. So, because evolutionary theory cannot explain the arrival of earth’s living creatures, there are no logical candidates to be the “survivors” who are “fittest.”
Wow — that’s amazing! Here’s the article’s conclusion:
Bait and switch is nothing new…. [E]volution’s sales pitch, “natural selection,” is a serpentine snare. Don’t fall for the naturalistic bait!
Jeepers! All this time, your Curmudgeon thought that surviving long enough to breed was the natural selector. Now we feel so foolish!
[Addendum: We’ve written twice before about Johnson’s articles at ICR. See ICR v. Paredes: Second Impressions, about ICR’s unsuccessful litigation in Texas over the accreditation of its school’s “Master of Science degrees in Science Education,” and also Zillions of Witness for Creationism, about how your blood cells are “proof” of creationism.]
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