Because there hasn’t been much else going on, and because he’s a steady source of amusement, we’ve been posting a lot lately about 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.
We have another one today. As so often before, ol’ Hambo has found something to enrage him. We imagine that once again he’s red in the face, foaming at the mouth, and rolling around chewing the carpet. He just posted this on his blog: Is Religion “Harmful Superstition”?
This time he’s all worked up over an article in National Geographic about an interview with Jerry Coyne — In Age of Science, Is Religion ‘Harmful Superstition’? It’s sub-titled “God is not only dead, author avers. He never lived. Not to mention the deaths of kids treated with faith instead of science-based medicine.”
But we’re not going to deal with what Coyne said. Instead, we’ll give you some of the familiar responses from Hambo to which we’ve been long accustomed. They’re funny enough on their own, regardless of the context. We added a bit of bold font for emphasis. Here we go:
Now, we’ve written about Coyne before. He’s a very outspoken critic of creation and promoter of evolution. Actually, I’ve pointed out that he seems to understand how absolutely incompatible evolution and biblical Christianity are more than most Christians!
Uh huh. Not only are scientists wrong (except for the creation scientists who work for Hambo), but so are most Christians. It’s difficult to know which group Hambo dislikes more — advocates of science or those denominations mentioned in the National Center for Science Education’s list of Statements from Religious Organizations supporting evolution, including those who signed the The Clergy Letter Project, a strong, pro-evolution statement signed by over 13,000 Christian clergymen. They’re all wrong, and no one understands this better than Hambo. He tells us:
So Coyne thinks that religion is superstition because it’s “unfounded and irrational.” But what Coyne would refuse to admit is that atheism is a religion. It’s a set of beliefs through which atheists view and interpret the world, and they hold to this worldview with ardor and blind faith — despite the inconsistencies and irrationality of the religion! So, then by Coyne’s own definition, his religion of atheism is nothing more than superstition!
Ooooooooooh — it’s a religion. It must be bad! Let’s read on:
And his religion contains irrational beliefs — it goes against the laws of nature, the laws of logic, the uniformity of nature, and observational science, which confirms that the naturalistic explanation for the origin of life is impossible!
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Science is crazy! Only creationism makes sense. Hambo continues:
You see [hee hee], atheism’s worldview is completely unfounded and irrational. For example, according to atheistic ideas about the origin of the universe, everything came about by naturalistic, material processes. But if everything is the result of material processes, how did completely immaterial laws of nature and logic come about? Where do they come from?
Yeah, who wrote all those laws of nature? Here’s more:
And if our universe truly is the result of random processes, then why do these laws work consistently everywhere throughout the universe? And why do they work the same today as they did yesterday? In a naturalistic worldview, there is no answer to these questions!
But they don’t work consistently — not according to Hambo. As has been pointed out before, he thinks the laws of nature can change according to divine will, which is why the creation tale in Genesis — although impossible according to natural law — nevertheless makes perfect sense to Hambo. Moving along:
So, it’s not Christianity that is “harmful superstition” — it’s atheism! And atheism is harming him and those who read his [Coyne’s] books and listen to his talks.
How are they harmed? Hambo explains:
You see [hee hee], as an atheist, Coyne believes that when he’s dead, that’s it, he’s dead. But that’s not what’s going to happen when he dies.
Ooooooooooh — what’s going to happen? Hambo tells us:
He will spend eternity somewhere, either separated from God in hell or with God for eternity in heaven. His religion is harming him now as he lives in rebellion against his Creator, and it will harm him for eternity if he and other atheists and unbelievers like him do not repent [etc., etc.].
Powerful stuff! Take heed, dear reader. Hambo knows what he’s talking about. How does he know? As he said so often during his debate with Bill Nye, he’s got a book. Can’t argue with that!
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