During his debate with Bill Nye, Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) often referred to his “evidence,” the bible. At one point, according to this Transcript of Ken Ham vs Bill Nye Debate , ol’ Hambo said:
Bill, I just want to let you know that there actually is a book out there that actually tells us where matter came from. And the very first sentence in that book says, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” And really, it’s the only thing that makes sense … . An infinite Creator God, who created the universe, matter, energy, space, mass, time and the universe, created the information for life. It’s only thing it makes logical sense.
Later he said:
Bill I do want to say that there is a book out there that does document where consciousness came from. And in that book, the one who created us said that He made man in His image, and He breathed into man and he became a living being. And so the Bible does document that fact. That’s where consciousness came from. God gave it to us.
And near the end he said:
Again, to summarize the things I’ve been saying, there is a book called the Bible; it’s very unique, it’s different than any other book out there. In fact I don’t know of any other religion that has a book that starts out by telling you that there is an infinite God, and talks about the origin of the universe, the origin of matter and the origin of light and darkness, and the origin of day and night and the origin of the Earth and the origin of dry land and the origin of plants and the origin of the sun, moon and stars, the origin of sea creatures, the origin of land creatures, the origin of man, the origin of women, the origin of death, and sin, the origin of marriage, the origin of different languages, the origin of clothing, the origin of nations; I mean it’s a very specific book. And it gives us an account of a global flood in history and the Tower of Babel, and if that history is true, then what about the rest of the book?
Like all creationist outfits, the Discovery Institute has no evidence for their “theory” of intelligent design. But for litigation purposes, in their (so far) unsuccessful attempt to bypass the First Amendment and sneak creationism into public schools, they don’t cite the bible as evidence. Instead, they cite the writings of their own personnel. But like Hambo’s book, the Discoveroid books have no scientific value, so it amounts to the same tactic.
A good example appears at the Discoveroids’ creationist blog today: Explore Evolution, Now in Polish. That post was written by David Klinghoffer, a Discoveroid “senior fellow” (i.e., flaming, full-blown creationist), who eagerly functions as their journalistic slasher and poo flinger.
We know, you’re wondering: What’s Explore Evolution? As we’ve mentioned, Explore Evolution is on the Discoveroids’ Recommended Reading List. Here’s the book’s Amazon listing: Explore Evolution: The Arguments for and Against Neo-Darwinism. It was scathingly reviewed by Barbara Forrest — see Explore Evolution: A Stealth Creationist Textbook to Accompany the Stealth Creationist “LA Science Education Act”.
That book was being used in a creationist course at a junior college, but when the news got out, the course was cancelled and the Discoveroids went bonkers — see Discoveroids’ Crazed Reaction to Amarillo College.
Why are we spending so much time on that book? Because the Discoveroids seem to revere it, much as Hambo does his book. And because creationists don’t have evidence for their claims, all they can do is rant, rave, and wave a book around. That’s what we see going on in Klinghoffer’s new post. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
Congratulations to our friend Father Michael Chaberek whose Polish translation of the textbook Explore Evolution is out now and doing a truly excellent job of catching the attention of Polish media.
A Polish translation? O the joy! It brings tears to our eyes. Let’s read on:
I don’t claim much knowledge of Polish affairs — cultural, scientific, or political — but check out this link to a 35-minute interview [in Polish] on Poland’s TV-Republika with Father Michael, covering Explore Evolution, Darwinian theory, and how or whether it’s reconcilable with Poland’s majority faith, Catholicism. I don’t speak Polish either, but the demeanor and body language of the interviewer seem to convey respect with a touch of skepticism.
Respectful body language — that’s important! Klinghoffer continues:
Certainly, a TV interview of that length in any language is serious stuff. Besides being a translator, Father Michael is a Dominican priest, a PhD theologian, and a very smart (and nice) guy. He has visited with us at Discovery Institute. I can only imagine he more than holds his own in such a discussion.
How difficult is it for a priest to do well in a Polish TV interview? It’s not as if he had anyone opposing him. Here’s more:
The publisher wanted to get Father Michael together with an opponent for a public panel or debate, but evidently no one on the other side was willing to undertake the challenge.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Here’s one last excerpt:
The original English-language edition of Explore Evolution is a book we recommend to ambitious teachers who want to introduce students to the strengths and weaknesses of Darwinian theory.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Yes, “ambitious teachers” should definitely be using that book in public school science classes.
Anyway, Hambo has his book which crushes all debate opponents, and the Discoveroids have theirs. Same tactic, different books. It must be deeply satisfying to be a creationist.
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