We don’t know what to say about this one, but we don’t need to say anything because it speaks for itself. It’s the latest from Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia. He’s famed for his creationist ministry, Answers in Genesis (AIG) and for the mind-boggling Creation Museum.
Ol’ Hambo just posted this: Drawing by 13-Year-Old Supporter Illustrates Creation / Evolution Debate. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
A big part of AiG’s ministry is encouraging the next generation to stand on the authority of God’s Word from the very beginning. We are thrilled when we hear about kids who are using our resources and sharing them with others. I recently received an encouraging note from a 13-year-old who loves our resources and the Creation Museum:
[Hambo quotes the kid:] I live in Northern Minnesota, 2 hours from the Canadian border. Despite the miles, we bought a 5-year membership to the Creation Museum and we have been there three times and are looking forward to the fourth. I have been greatly encouraged through the ministry of AiG to share my faith with others. My family loves the AiG books and DVDs, and we add to our collection every time we are at the Museum.
Wonderful, isn’t it? But wait — there’s more:
With his letter, he also included an illustration that he drew:
Hambo’s post shows the kid’s illustration. We won’t copy it here because — who knows? — we might be violating some copyright law. So we’ll describe it. There’s a big letter E (evolution) and a big letter C (creationism). Each letter is holding a sword, threatening the other letter. And the letters have little feet. The letter C is standing on the holy bible. What’s the letter E standing on? A few zig-zag shapes labeled “Nothing.” That’s the kid’s illustration.
Hambo is impressed. He says:
This drawing illustrates the battle between creation and evolution, and I am thrilled to see young people understanding these issues and standing firmly on God’s Word from the very beginning.
It’s difficult for your Curmudgeon to restrain himself, but we will. Let’s read on:
As I have said before, it is not a battle over the evidence! [No, of course not. BWAHAHAHAHAHA!] It’s a battle over your interpretation of the evidence that is determined by your starting point. And your starting point is determined by your authority.
Yes, it’s all about authority. We use reality as our authority. As we’ve said before, reality is a harsh mistress, but she’s the only girl in town. Hambo, however, marches to a different drummer. He continues:
Those who believe in evolution start with man’s ideas about the past — they reject God’s Word as their authority and make man the authority. They stand on a foundation of man’s fallible ideas and they use that to interpret the past. But those who start with God’s Word stand on the solid foundation of the eyewitness account of the Creator who never lies.
Does God talk to Hambo and tell him his eyewitness account? Probably not, but as Hambo repeatedly told Bill Nye, he’s got a book. Here’s one last excerpt:
We need more people like this young man who refuse to compromise on God’s Word and boldly proclaim the truth of Scripture. I encourage you to equip your children by bringing them to the Creation Museum.
The rest of Hambo’s post is just promotion for his museum and the ark he’s building, so we’ll quit here. But we can’t help wondering about the kid. What will become of him? Who knows? Maybe he’ll be a creationist all his life. Maybe not. But for the moment, he’s one of Hambo’s drooling fans, and Hambo is pleased.
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