This isn’t the first time we’ve written about differences between Answers in Genesis (AIG), the online creationist ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), and the “theory” of intelligent design, promoted by the Discovery Institute. Almost two years ago we wrote Answers in Genesis vs. Intelligent Design. At that time, AIG said:
Since IDM [the Intelligent Design Movement] has limited its scope to the single question of whether something is designed, it does not endorse any particular religious view. Any person who believes in any god who created the universe or life in any way could be a member of IDM. This wedge strategy essentially divides belief about origins into two classes: naturalism and super-naturalism. By placing all super-naturalistic philosophies under the same “umbrella,” IDM hopes to present a more unified front than could be done by any single religiously motivated movement.
Those Christians within the movement may see this as a clever strategy: perhaps they think that one must first remove the stumbling block of evolution before a person will even consider the merits of biblical Christianity.
There’s more to intelligent design than that. By avoiding specifically religious claims, the Discoveroids imagine they can pretend to be doing science, and thus merrily skip around the barrier of the First Amendment. Anyway, we like it when the various sects of creationism squabble among themselves about the silly details of their anti-science ideology.
Now they’re at it again — this time the attack is written by ol’ Hambo himself — “So They Are Without Excuse” — The Design(er) Conference.
Who is without excuse? The Discoveroids? Yes, so it seems. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
There has been a lot of national media attention about my debate with Bill Nye on February 4 here at the Creation Museum near Cincinnati. Like many secular scientists, Nye wants to deny that there is a Creator and that the design we see in the natural world shows evidence of a Creator.
That’s all Hambo says about the debate with Nye, but as expected, he’s got the science message all garbled. It’s not about a creator, it’s about science. But then Hambo gets to his attack on the Discoveroids’ “theory” of intelligent design. Let’s read on:
The “Design(er) Conference,” to be held at the Creation Museum April 10–12 will open your eyes to the wondrous ways in which the Creator God has revealed Himself in His creation.
Big whoop! He continues:
God’s Word is clear that all humanity has been given visible proof of His invisible attribute in creation. The incredible similarities between organisms declare we have a Designer. And that designer is God; more specifically, our designer is the second person of the Trinity, God’s Son Jesus Christ.
So now it’s similarities that are evidence of a designer. But when creationists are in the mood, it’s the alleged lack of transitional fossils — i.e., dissimilarities — that demonstrate the magical work of the creator. Nice to have it both ways. Here’s more:
The knowledge of God is written on our hearts. We understand how vital it is not just to convince people there is an intelligence behind the universe but ensure people are directed to who that intelligence is: the God of the Bible.
That knowledge “written on our hearts” seems to be strangely ambiguous. Moving along:
At Answers in Genesis, we will never divorce who the Designer is from the design arguments. We recognize that man’s sinful heart is against God (Jeremiah 17:9), and that “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God” (Romans 10:17). If we were just to convince people there was an intelligence behind the universe, then that could cause people to go after a false god.
Nothing worse than going after a false god. Another excerpt:
Just from looking at death and suffering in creation, it’s possible that you could conclude that the intelligence behind it was flawed or cruel.
We could also get that impression from the Flood, which was cruel beyond imagining. That doesn’t trouble Hambo. He says:
However, understanding the history revealed to us in Genesis enables us to understand that the creation is now cursed because of our sin — it was once a perfect creation. But even in a sin-cursed (fallen) creation, we can see the marvelous design of our infinite Creator.
The rest of the article is a promotion for the AIG conference, and instructions for how to sign up for the thing. If you care, click over to Hambo’s article and all will be revealed.
So where does this leave us? Nowhere, really, but it’s good to see that Hambo and the Discoveroids aren’t likely to join forces. The Discoveroids probably think ol’ Hambo is too primitive, and Hambo thinks the Discoveroids aren’t religious enough. You know what we think of both of them.
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