Admit it, dear reader. You’ve always admired Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the ayatollah of Appalachia. You envy the influence he has achieved through his on-line ministry, Answers in Genesis (AIG). You’re impressed by the scientific displays at his mind-boggling Creation Museum. Deep down, in your heart of hearts, you want to be just like ol’ Hambo.
Don’t be afraid to admit it. You’re among friends here. Your Curmudgeon not only understands, he’s here to help you. And we’ll do that today by pointing you to an article written by ol’ Hambo himself which is posted at the AIG website: Letter from Ken, September 2013.
Within the frame of giving advice to a creationist who secretly had feelings of intellectual inadequacy, ol’ Hambo tells us the tale of his own rise to greatness. There are lessons here for all of us, if only we will pay attention. Therefore, in a sincere endeavor to assist you to become more like ol’ Hambo, here are some excerpts from his article, with bold font added by us:
At a recent speaking engagement, a man asked me something like this:
I don’t have all the knowledge you have, Ken, to be able to answer skeptical questions. So what should I do if I witness to people and they bring up objections and questions? How can I respond to them when I don’t know all these answers?
A tragic situation. A creationist is out there, trying to preach creationism, but he realizes he doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Is that also your problem, dear reader? Then stay with us. Hambo says:
I admitted to him that I have been in creation ministry for 35 years, and so I have had the time to accumulate a lot of information to be able to answer people. I acknowledged that his question was a legitimate one. What about Christians who haven’t been immersed in the AiG ministry, like our speakers, writers, and researchers? What should they do when challenged?
Tell us, Hambo, what can we do? And lo, he tells us the thrilling tale of his own progress:
Well, I remember when I was going to college in Australia and was taught evolution and millions of years as fact. Now, I knew this wasn’t what the Bible taught, and I really wanted answers so I could defend the Christian faith. … It was at that time (the 1970s) when I came across a fascinating booklet, originally published in England. It provided answers to questions about the fossils and Noah’s Flood — and the supposed millions of years of earth history. I then came across the now-famous book by Drs. Henry Morris and John Whitcomb, The Genesis Flood. Wow, it was packed full of answers!
Ah, Hambo’s adventure began with The Genesis Flood. Let’s read on:
The Lord gave me an intense burden to get this Bible-defending information into people’s hands. So my wife Mally and I (and another teacher) began a creation apologetics bookshop in our Australian home. We soon discovered that more and more Christians had a hunger for this vital information.
That was the real beginning of Hambo’s creationist career. It was then that he had his Damascus moment — when he realized there was a big demand for that stuff.
The next part of Hambo’s article is about the success of AIG. After that he promotes a bunch of AIG’s books and materials. By buying and reading those, people won’t feel inadequate; they’ll be prepared to deliver Hambo’s answers. Selling those books is, he says, “the burden the Lord gave to me.” It’s a burden he seems willing to bear.
Our last excerpt is amusing. Hambo also offers three items of advice and encouragement to those who would follow in his footsteps:
1. Most skeptics really don’t know how to defend what they believe. These secularists just regurgitate what they were taught at school, read in a book, or saw on some TV program.
2. If Christians take the time to read our basic books such as [list of AIG books], they will be thoroughly equipped with the answers to many of the questions people ask today.
3. Even if you can’t remember the detailed answers, if you have read the books above, you will at least know there are answers — and you can probably give a big-picture type of answer, and point skeptics to the books and to AiG’s information-packed website.
Now that Hambo has published his list of sure-fire creationist debate techniques, those Darwinists are gonna be in big trouble.
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