This is a very entertaining article from from Answers in Genesis (AIG), one of the major sources of young-earth creationist wisdom. AIG is the online creationist ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia.
Try to imagine what life is like for Hambo and his minions. They associate only with with their fellow creationists. They wander through their creation museum and dream of building a replica of Noah’s Ark. They live in their own little world of 500 years ago — before the astronomical revolution of Nicolaus Copernicus and then Galileo, before James Hutton developed the science of geology, before Darwin’s theory of evolution, before the scientific method as we know it had been formalized, when nothing had yet been discovered that challenged the primitive Babylonian worldview that prevailed when the Old Testament was written. That is the intellectual ghetto in which they confine themselves and they’re wondering why scientists disagree with them.
To see how they explain the fact that everyone is wrong but them, you need to read their latest article: How Could Most Scientists Be Wrong? Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
What better place to teach geology than the Grand Canyon? Exposed there is a large slice through the rock record of a major part of earth history. Every year we take groups through the Grand Canyon, and people see in-depth the compelling evidence for the global, cataclysmic Genesis Flood.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Stay with us, it gets better:
Overwhelmed by this evidence, a common response is: “How could most scientists be wrong about its formation?” If the evidence for the catastrophic accumulation of the rock record and its contained fossils in only a year or so, rather than over millions of years, is so compelling, why don’t all geologists accept the evidence and agree that the biblical Flood accounts for the rock and fossil records?
As we said, they’re living in their own little world. Let’s read on:
The only facts are that the rocks and fossils are observed in layers. They can be measured and tested repeatedly in the present. When it comes to explaining how the rocks and fossils formed, however, those are events that occurred in the past. They can’t be repeated and observed. Thus, explanations about how rocks and fossils formed in the past are interpretations, not facts.
Like the ancient Babylonians and their scripture-writing contemporaries, the creationists look around in wonder, and can’t imagine any way to figure anything out. We continue:
Sure, we can observe and study today how sediments are deposited in layers. But to say that sediments have always accumulated in the past at the rates we observe today is an assumption. It’s an interpretation based on man’s ideas about the past and is not a proven fact.
Have you ever noticed that when creationists ignore current observations of physical processes — that are never seen to vary — and assume that the speed of such things was different the past, they somehow never assume that things used to be slower? No, it’s always faster — much faster. Why? Because that’s the only way to make sense of Genesis, and Genesis is the only reason for their imaginary variable laws of nature. Here’s more:
Ironically, repeatable measurements and field observations today are demonstrating that sedimentary rock layers had to accumulate rapidly.
They have a footnote for that which cites a creationist book. We’ll ignore it and move along:
Past events can be confirmed on the basis of eyewitness testimony, just as court cases depend on eyewitness testimonies. God’s Word provides us with an eyewitness testimony of the earth’s early history — Creation, Corruption, and Catastrophe (the Flood). God was present and He has told us what happened.
Uh, except that in court cases, the witness has to give his testimony in person, and be subject to cross-examination. The creationists’ eyewitness never shows up to testify. But that doesn’t bother the creationists. In fact, they can’t imagine why you’re not convinced. They say:
How then could most scientists be wrong? Easily! As we emphasize in the Creation Museum, scientists’ interpretations of the evidence begin with, and are framed by, their starting point. Put another way, who or what are they going to trust? Can scientists by their own observations and reasoning alone establish what happened in the past?
Yeah — what makes you think you can rely on observations and reasoning? What are you, some kind of fool? Creationists reject such nonsense. Here’s another excerpt:
That’s how most scientists are wrong. They have chosen finite, fallible man’s word over the Word of the infinite, infallible, all-powerful Creator God. It’s an issue of who is the ultimate authority.
It couldn’t be more clear. Skipping to the end:
No matter how impressive the apparent weight of evidence as interpreted by most scientists may seem, to take our eyes off God’s Word as our ultimate authority will never lead us to the truth about the earth’s past. The fear of the Lord—not man—is the beginning of knowledge and wisdom [scripture link].
So there you are. There’s also a bible-based cartoon at the end of the article. You may find it persuasive.
Copyright © 2012. The Sensuous Curmudgeon. All rights reserved.