The recent discovery of Homo naledi has thrown the creationist world into a tizzy. Such things aren’t supposed to exist! But if they do exist, they can’t mean what they seem to mean. So what does a creationist do?
One reaction can be found at the blog of 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 has just posted What Does It Mean to Classify a Fossil as Homo? Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
Do you realize that Homo means different things to different scientists?
No, Hambo, we didn’t know that. The Wikipedia article on Homo is quite specific. It says:
Homo is the genus comprising the species Homo sapiens, which includes modern humans, plus several extinct species classified as ancestral to or closely related to modern humans — as for example from Homo habilis to Homo neanderthalensis. The genus is about 2.8 million years old; it first appeared as its earliest species Homo habilis, which emerged from the genus Australopithecus, which itself had previously split from the lineage of the genus Pan, the chimpanzees.
But Hambo thinks that some scientists disagree. He explains:
When an evolutionist classifies a fossil as Homo, he does not mean the same thing a Bible-believing scientist does.
Oh — it’s creation “scientists” who disagree. Okay, let’s read on:
There has already been a lot of buzz on evolutionists’ websites and blogs mocking our assessment that the published evidence does not support a Homo designation for Homo naledi.
Your Curmudgeon was one of those — see Ken Ham Ain’t No Kin to Homo Naledi. Hambo continues:
You see, the evidence cannot speak for itself. It must be interpreted. And the worldview of the scientists looking at the evidence limits and determines how they will see it.
Well, yes. Real scientists are limited — to reality. They have to fit the newly found evidence into the pattern formed by all the other available fossil evidence. Here’s more:
Evolutionists are trying to figure out if these fossils are human enough for them to jump on the Homo bandwagon because their worldview demands the existence of intermediate forms.
We don’t demand intermediate forms, we find them. It’s Hambo’s worldview that insists such things don’t exist. Moving along:
The evolutionists’ presupposition that human evolution occurred as a continuum through various intermediate forms means that they believe intermediate forms must have existed and need to find them.
Amazing, isn’t it? Another excerpt:
What some people don’t get is that it’s very easy for an evolutionist to slip something into the Homo category!
Really? Don’t try it with trilobite. On with the article:
We on the other hand know from God’s authoritative Word that humans and animals (like apes) were specially created by God at the same time without evolution. And biological science affirms God’s Word by failing to reveal any mechanism by which one kind of creature can evolve into a different and more complex one.
Wow — evolution has no mechanism. Natural selection doesn’t exist. Who knew? And now we come to the end:
Bible-believers know there can be no in-betweens.
Unlike the evolutionists, we don’t have the luxury of picking a point on an evolutionary continuum because from God’s Word we know one never existed.
So there you are. Evolutionists have no mechanism, and no “in-betweens,” but they keep on pretending. Hambo, on the other hand, knows they’re all fools! And now, so do you.
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