Ken Ham Is Furious at Bill Gates

The Big History Project is described in Wikipedia like this:

[It was] started by Bill Gates and David Christian to enable the global teaching of Big History. Big History “is the attempt to understand, in a unified way, the history of Cosmos, Earth, Life and Humanity.” It is a course that covers history from the big bang through to the present in an interdisciplinary way. The Big History Project “is dedicated to fostering a greater love and capacity for learning among high school students”.

It has its own website: Big History Project, where you can see it free, online, but it looks like you have to register. Even without registering, the information at their website is interesting.

As you might imagine, any history course that starts with the Big Bang is going to upset Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the ayatollah of Appalachia. He runs the on-line ministry Answers in Genesis (AIG), and the infamous, mind-boggling Creation Museum.

Hambo has a new article at his blog that expresses his indignation: Bill Gates Promoting False History. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:

Well, there’s another new curriculum that’s encouraging compromise — but this one is being supported by software billionaire Bill Gates. Gates, who has backed the controversial Common Core curriculum, is helping David Christian (a historian) promote Christian’s “Big History” curriculum … . And unlike typical history curriculums [sic] that start with recorded history, “Big History” starts at what David Christian considers the beginning: 13.7 billion years ago.

This is an outrage! No wonder ol’ Hambo seems to be red in the face and foaming at the mouth. Let’s read on:

Of course, this totally contradicts the biblical timeline. When we calculate the ages mentioned in the genealogies of Genesis 5 and 11 as well as the time that has passed from Christ until today, we find that the universe is only about 6,000 years old. There’s quite a difference between 13,700,000,000 years and 6,000 years!

Yes, quite a difference. Somebody is wrong — terribly wrong — and Hambo knows he’s the one who’s right. He continues:

… David Christian considers the Bible’s account of creation to be a “myth.” And yet he wants to answer questions for students such as, “What does it mean to be human? Who am I? Where do I belong? What is the totality of which I am a part?”

The one place where we can find answers to these questions is Scripture — but “Big History” dismisses God’s Word in favor of evolutionary ideas. So how does David Christian plan to answer these questions? I would submit that he can’t answer them — at least not without actually drawing on scriptural principles.

Right! All the answers are in the Good Book. Everything else is a lie. Here’s more:

The evolutionary worldview can’t provide humanity with a sense of purpose or hope. Instead, evolutionary ideas teach that human beings came about by chance processes, and that when man dies, that’s it! There is no hope of salvation . . . no life after death . . . nothing.

Egad — how bleak and horrible! Hambo rants on for a bit, and then he ends up urging us to pray.

Poor ol’ Hambo. Things were already looking bad for his grandiose plans to build a replica of Noah’s Ark, and he’s had to deal with news stories about other financial problems — see Ken Ham Keeps Getting Pounded. Now he’s got Bill Gates to worry about. He’s having a bad day. Actually, he’s been having quite a lot of them.

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20 responses to “Ken Ham Is Furious at Bill Gates

  1. Great site, excellent project

  2. Ham’s proud prouncements get more shrill and more idiotic by the day. Why is everything ‘evolutionary’, and why can’t Ham come up with something new to say?

  3. Ham: There’s quite a difference between 13,700,000,000 years and 6,000 years!

    Indeed. As I wrote the other day, it is like the difference between concluding that the Empire State Building must be about 80 years old (based on an examination of the building itself) and insisting that it is “actually” nineteen minutes old (based on some claim in a document I’ve found, and which I have decided is an infallible “eyewitness account” — evidence be damned!)

  4. If you’ve watched his Facebook page in recent months, you’ll find that absolutely everything is offending him or firing off his persecution complex. It’s an absolute car crash to watch.

  5. BTW, doesn’t Bill Gates have something like 13,700,000,000 dollars?

  6. Anything that irritates Ken Ham, is a worthy project and should be promoted across the land.

  7. armondikov: “If you’ve watched his Facebook page in recent months, you’ll find that absolutely everything is offending him or firing off his persecution complex. It’s an absolute car crash to watch.”

    Does he devote “equal time” to whining about OECs and IDers? Or just an occasional afterthought “yeah, they’re wrong too,” because like them, his real objection to science has nothing to do with the evidence and everything to do with his irrational fear that accepting its conclusions and explanations leads to evil behavior?

  8. “The evolutionary worldview can’t provide humanity with a sense of purpose or hope. ”

    Neither can the heliocentric worldview. But then it’s not supposed to. I think he’s asking a little too much…

  9. Charles Deetz ;)

    Wow, just spent my Sunday morning reading time with the Answers Journal analysis of hominids (2010 Wood). The near-sanity of this article has got to make Ken Ham’s brain hurt, maybe it is as he delves more and more into defending his position, he is acting like a trapped rat on a sinking ship.

    This article/research honestly acknowledges the problems in separating human from ape for creationists. The only place the farce of Genesis timeline comes up, the author is doing laps of ‘supposes’ to try and figure when these hominids could have existed.

    I’d have to say, even for an active creationist, to read this article must make their stomach boil with doubt. The falicies and truth jump off the page. (Of course all the “research” in the middle doesn’t really matter much, it only fixes one problem of trying to separate ape from human.)

  10. This is getting a lot of hits from some link on Facebook. I don’t have an account there so I’m not sure where it’s coming from. It could be from something ol’ Hambo posted. If so, we may expect an occasional comment from one of his admirers.

  11. I got this link from the United Atheists of America Facebook page. So maybe lots of new fans heading your way.

  12. gnome de net

    Imagine that! A so-called Christian being anti-Christian.

    (i.e., Ken vs. David)

  13. retiredsciguy

    Something to always keep in mind about Ken Ham — his entire livelihood is wrapped up in the Creation Museum, donations to Answers in Genesis, and (probably) dipping into the dwindling donations to his dreamed-of Ark Park.
    If he wants to eat, he must maintain the façade of young-earth creationism.

    Ken Ham will see anything that refutes young-earth creationism as a threat to his livelihood. Even if God Almighty came down and told Ken the universe really is 13.7 billion years old, Ham would keep that revelation to himself.

  14. Ken Ham is losing it. Sooner or later the AIG people around him will realize he’s Hitler and they’re living in the bunker.

    Jesus here’s something I’d like to see: one of those YouTube spoofs of “Downfall”, the scene where Hitler realizes he’s lost the war and flips out. But switch the English subtitles, make it Ken Ham realizing he can’t fund his Ark Park.

  15. What comes to my mind is the difference between orthodoxy and orthopraxy. Ham spends his millions on an museum to promote a particular belief, Gates spends his billions to prevent illness around the world. According to Christianity the measure of a man is how well you treat your fellow man, not beliefs or station, making Ham a failure as a Christian as well. I find Ham’s simplistic explanations of what it is to be human insulting, vapid, unsatisfying, and of course wrong.

  16. Stephen Kennedy

    Troy,

    Ham has actually stated on a number of occasions that the ark project is more worthy than giving the money to the poor since the ark will meet a spiritual need which is more important than physical needs.

    He also takes the position that good deeds do not get you into heaven, that is heretical Catholic belief. What saves you is belief in Jesus, otherwise it is the lake of fire.

    Ham actually saves some of his worst vitriol for OECs who he bitterly complains have “compromised on millions of years” and thereby have betrayed scripture. He also has no use for ID since he claims that movement is flawed because it does not openly recognize the creator as the god of the bible.

  17. Charles Deetz ;)

    @Anonymous: Great idea, if I had time (maybe I will), there is an online generator for making such a video. Or a team of a couple SC posters? http://downfall.jfedor.org/create/

  18. Charles Deetz ;)

    Okay, with SC’s implied blessing (if he doesn’t delete this), here is a Google Doc to collect subtitle ideas for the video.

  19. There’s quite a difference between 13,700,000,000 years and 6,000 years!

    Umm, that’s kind of the point, isn’t it?

  20. @retiredscienceguy:

    If he wants to eat, he must maintain the façade of young-earth creationism.

    Ken Ham will see anything that refutes young-earth creationism as a threat to his livelihood. Even if God Almighty came down and told Ken the universe really is 13.7 billion years old, Ham would keep that revelation to himself.

    “It is very hard to make a man understand something when his whole paycheck depends on him not understanding it.”