Look what we found at the personal blog of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia, famed for his creationist ministry, Answers in Genesis (AIG) and for the infamous, mind-boggling Creation Museum.
Ol’ Hambo’s blog item is Meet a Famous Creation Scientist at Camp Infinity! What’s “Camp Infinity”? Hambo has a link that describes it as something located in Northern Kentucky near the Creation Museum where you can:
Gear up for an unforgettable summer at Camp Infinity. This first-of-a-kind camp combines elite STEM [an acronym referring to the academic disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics] education with creation apologetics training.
We’re not surprised that the educational experience Hambo offers is the first of its kind. One can imagine analogous experiences, like learning desert survival at the North Pole, or how to lose weight at a gluttony convention. Anyway, let’s see what we’re told about Hambo’s “famous creation scientist” at that camp of his.
He’s talking about:Raymond Damadian, described by Wikipedia as: “an American medical practitioner and inventor of the first MR (Magnetic Resonance) Scanning Machine.” We’ve seen creationists mention him before, but it’s always seemed odd to us.
A “creation scientist” is one who attempts to pervert science so he can claim that it supports his faith-based beliefs in the recent six-day creation of the Earth, the universe, and all species, plus additional goodies like Noah’s Flood. Such ancient tales — even if Damadian believes them — have no scientific or technological relationship to the work for which he is known. Anyway, here are some excerpts from Hambo’s blog, with bold font added by us for emphasis.
As a Bible-believing Christian, Raymond believes that God created the world in six 24-hour days, just as recorded in the book of Genesis. Men like Bill Nye have stated that belief in biblical creation prohibits scientific discovery, but Dr. Damadian clearly provides a counter example to such false statements.
Damadian’s MRI scanning machine is in no way a counter-example, because his belief in Genesis had nothing to do with his development of that device — the principles of which (such as magnetism) aren’t mentioned or even hinted at in scripture. Had Damadian confined his work to the “science” of Genesis, he couldn’t have invented anything — except perhaps some kind of improved horse-drawn chariot.
We’ve never claimed that all creationists are inherently incompetent at everything, and should therefore be confined to mental hospitals. Indeed, we’ve seen that a creationist can be an architect, or dentist, or a number of other things. Many seem to be engineers. But they function in those occupations by using knowledge, skills, and technologies that are clearly non-biblical.
Hambo doesn’t tell us anything else about Damadian. The rest of his post is about Camp Infinity, and the wonders one can learn there. He says it’s for students who, among other things:
• enjoy science and technology
• would like to learn about robotics, geology, astronomy and biology from a strong biblical worldview
• want to study creation and evolution through an in-depth tour of Creation Museum and secular museums that present a very different view
• want to learn how to guard their hearts with solid Bible answers as well as defend their faith in an increasingly non-Christian culture
• want to meet Dr. Damadian and hear his testimony of how God enabled him to discover the science behind MRI
Hey — if you know any student who fits that description, send them to ol’ Hambo’s website!
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