This makes things complete. Earlier we posted Klinghoffer Reacts to “Cosmos” Episode 10. Now we have a response from the creation scientists at Answers in Genesis (ol’ Hambo’s online ministry), and the author is Dr. Elizabeth Mitchell, a creationist gynecologist. Her article is Cosmos Review: “The Electric Boy”.
As you already know, she’s writing about the 10th episode of Cosmos: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY, hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson, which aired on Sunday. Titled “The Electric Boy,” it was mostly about the life and work of Michael Faraday. Aided by her gynecological and scriptural expertise, she says, with some bold font added by us:
The episode was not without evolutionary speculation presented as fact — the notion that birds evolved from dinosaurs — but most of the program focused on the experimental science that laid the foundation for modern light-speed communication technologies.
Mitchell devotes the second half of her article to complaining about bird evolution. She insists that:
In God’s Word we learn that God created birds on Day Five and land animals on Day Six of Creation Week, about 6,000 years ago. Therefore they cannot be related through evolutionary descent.
We’ll ignore that material for a couple of reasons. First, you’ve heard it all before; and second, it has virtually nothing to do with Episode 10. Here’s what she says about Faraday:
The program closed with a famous Faraday quotation: “Nothing is too wonderful to be true if it be consistent with the laws of nature.” The mystery of how invisible electricity produces invisible magnetic force must have indeed seemed too wonderful to be true to many people of 19th century. But Michael Faraday understood that the Author of His salvation is our wise, consistent, all-powerful Creator God.
Ah, so that was the key to Faraday’s scientific insight! Let’s read on:
His belief that God was the Creator of all the scientific phenomena he studied helped him realize the various forces God created would be interactive and consistent with each other. There had to be a “unity of forces” because there was only one all-powerful Creator.
Armed with that knowledge, we expect that any day now the creation scientists at AIG will explain the long-sought connection between general relativity and quantum mechanics. A solution has eluded the best scientists for generations — see Quantum gravity — but surely AIG can provide the answer. The creationist gynecologist continues:
James Clerk Maxwell’s mathematical genius combined with Faraday’s discoveries laid the foundation for much of the technology that shapes our lives today. But Maxwell was also an outspoken opponent of Darwin’s increasingly popular evolutionary claims. Maxwell furthermore used his mathematical genius in the fight against evolutionary thinking in astronomy, demonstrating scientific flaws in LaPlace’s nebular hypothesis of how the solar system could have formed through natural processes.
No one thinks of Maxwell in connection with biology, and we have no knowledge of his work “in the fight against evolutionary thinking” in astronomy. Here’s more:
Maxwell and Faraday saw no conflict between the science they devoted their lives to exploring and the Creator God they trusted and served. They understood that because God was the Creator, they could expect the natural world to behave consistently and follow the scientific laws they were discovering.
Yeah, right. But what about all the miracles that overturn those natural laws and do impossible things the creationists say happened, but that nature can’t do — like six-day creation and the Flood? The creationists’ chaotic cosmos is the opposite of what they now claim was Faraday’s view of things.
Then she devotes a few paragraphs to denying the evolution of birds. Finally we get to the end:
While any program presenting the story of the people and experiments responsible for our modern understanding of electromagnetic fields must allow that two Bible-believers — Faraday and Maxwell — were the pioneers that taught us how to harness the electron to serve our needs, clearly the program’s writers sought to depict the evolutionary path “real” science took by featuring a series of popular personalities who have rejected the Creator, our Lord Jesus Christ, whose Word and creative work has inspired so many great scientists like Faraday and Maxwell.
That’s it. That’s what Dr. Mitchell says. In our humble opinion, she should have stayed with what we imagine was her specialty — the treatment of sin-caused female afflictions.
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