We have a treat for you today, dear reader. It’s a blog post from none other than Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia, famed for his creationist ministry, Answers in Genesis (AIG).
Not only was this item written by ol’ Hambo himself, even the title will thrill you: The Creation/Evolution Debate Continues, Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us and his links and scripture references omitted:
After my debate with Bill Nye “the Science Guy” in February, it was evident that the debate over origins is alive and well in our Western culture. Well, that has been confirmed with a new poll from Gallup.
Yes, the “debate” is alive and well — in the minds of creationists, not scientists. And as you guessed, he’s referring to the 2014 Gallup Poll on Evolution, about which we recently posted. Hambo says:
… Gallup found that “42% of Americans hold the creationist belief that God created humanity as it currently exists a mere 10,000 years ago.” That’s not an insignificant number. Now, we at Answers in Genesis would teach that God created the universe and everything in it around 6,000 years ago, based on the genealogies in Scripture.
No, it’s not an insignificant number. Forty-two percent of a population of 300 million (legal residents) is 126 million. That’s a lot of drooling creationists, and they’re all in the market for what Hambo offers. Let’s read on:
But even so, close to half of Americans believe that humans were specially created by God within the last 10,000 years. That’s far less than the long ages that evolutionists claim . . . and far different from the evolutionary view that humans evolved from ape-like ancestors. Evolutionists try to claim that this is settled “‘science,” that it’s all proven.
Yes, we “try to claim” that it’s settled science. What fools we are! Hambo continues:
But despite the intense evolutionary indoctrination through the public education system, secular museums, and much of the media (e.g., the Cosmos TV series running for the past twelve weeks — see one of our episode reviews [link omitted], a large percentage of the population obviously still reject that humans evolved.
In Hambo’s universe, all those millions of droolers can’t be wrong. Here’s more:
There is a sad trend, however, with the current generation. Another interesting result of Gallup’s poll revealed that a belief in some form of creationism severely drops off with college graduates. Now, I would submit that this has to do with the indoctrination into evolution that goes on in most secular colleges.
We doubt Hambo’s college “indoctrination” excuse. We don’t have any statistics, but our guess is that a very small fraction of college students study evolutionary biology. But Hambo has other targets he can blame:
What’s more, I believe that it’s also indicative of the compromise in many Christian colleges/universities on Genesis chapters 1–11.
It’s an outrage that they all don’t agree with Hambo! Moving along:
The Gallup poll also showed an increase (even though the numbers are relatively small) in the percentage of those who reject God altogether.
The number isn’t that small. According to Gallup, the percentage who agreed with “Human beings have developed over millions of years from less advanced forms of life, but God had no part in this process” was 19%. Using Hambo’s rough math (he said that the 42% who are young-Earth Creationists was “close to half” of the respondents), we can say that those who chose the straight science answer are “close to half” of those who are young-Earth Creationists.
Also, those who agreed with the straight science answer don’t necessarily “reject God altogether,” but they do reject Hambo’s view of things. We sincerely hope that what we’re about to say doesn’t insult Hambo, but here it comes anyway: Hey, Hambo: rejecting your peculiar theology isn’t the same as rejecting God. Another excerpt:
In 2009, AiG contracted with America’s Research Group to identify why the church was losing two-thirds of its young people by the time they reached college age (and few really return).
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! What could be driving them away? It couldn’t be that they’re repelled by people like Hambo, could it? No, that’s impossible. Continuing with his little essay:
And we found that students begin having doubts about the inerrancy and authority of Scripture, especially in Genesis 1–11, before college — in middle and high school.
We suspect that Hambo’s actual concern is that the new generation isn’t interested in visiting his creation museum. Here’s our last excerpt. Everything after this is a commercial for Hambo’s museum and literature:
But, according to the Gallup poll, many people seem to realize there are problems with evolutionary ideas. Our goal at Answers in Genesis, in addition to wanting to see people converted to be born-again believers, is to equip people to think critically about the assumptions underlying evolution and millions of years. We want them to be able to identify those problems and give biblical and scientific answers to them. That’s what I did during my debate with Bill Nye, and this Gallup poll reveals that our work is far from finished.
Yes, Hambo, you’ve only got 42% who agree with you, and they’re getting older, so your work is far from finished. It’s not easy to persuade everyone to reject reality. But keep trying. Your efforts are endlessly amusing.
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