Many of you are familiar with the list of Arguments to Avoid, which is maintained by Answers in Genesis (AIG), the creationist ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia.
It’s a list of clunkers that are so easily and so often rebutted that their continued usage is embarrassing, even for creationists. It’s also a slippery way of trying to achieve credibility, or at least a measure of self-esteem, by tossing out the worst of their worthless inventory so they can then proudly boast that they’re not completely crazy. It doesn’t matter that they have such a list, because other creationist websites routinely do use those arguments, and they often show up in letters-to-the editor.
A few years ago we wrote AIG on the Paluxy River Footprints, in which we discussed a new addition to Hambo’s “Do Not Use” list — the old creationist canard that fossilized footprints of humans and dinosaurs show up together in the same rock stratum at the Paluxy River near in Glen Rose, Texas. That’s the home of Carl Baugh, a young earth creationist who founded the Creation Evidence Museum in 1964.
The presence of human footprints among those of the dinos is well debunked at the TalkOrigins site (see The Texas Dinosaur/”Man Track” Controversy). The fraud used to be mentioned in the Wikipedia article on the Paluxy River. It said: “The family of the original man, George Adams, who made the claims, later admitted it was a hoax.” But that same information is in Wikipedia’s article on Dinosaur Valley State Park.
Nevertheless, the Paluxy River junk is still being touted by creationists. We present to you, dear reader, some excerpts from Fossils debunk evolution theory, support belief that God created life on Earth, which appears at the website Christian Today, located in London, which describes itself as “an independent Christian media company”. The bold font was added by us for emphasis:
Advocates of the theory of evolution oftentimes use archaeological evidence such as fossils to prove that human beings came from apes. Little do they know that these same artefacts [sic] can be used to disprove their theory, and to all the more proclaim the Gospel Truth that God created life on Earth. The Creation Evidence Museum in Glen Rose, Texas showcases several fossils that will be impossible to explain using the evolutionary theory, and which can be counted as scientific support for Creationism.
It’s good to see that Christian Today is keeping up with the latest scientific literature. They tell us:
For instance, the Museum puts on display a handprint in limestone unearthed in the 1970s near Weatherford in Texas. The fossil is believed to be from the Cretaceous Era, some 110 million years ago. If the artefact is dated correctly, this would mean that human-like creatures already existed on Earth much earlier than scientists who believe in evolution predicted.
Gasp — our professors lied to us! Let’s read on:
Evolutionists could question the dating methods employed in estimating the age of the handprint, raising the possibility that it could be flawed. However, another possible explanation is that the Earth is much younger than most scientists will admit.
They go on to mention some other “evidence” of similar quality, which is also “a challenge to proponents of the Theory of Evolution.” If you care to read the entire article, click over there and do so.
Your Curmudgeon has seen enough that we now have serious doubts about evolution, and we’re grateful to Christian Today for their enlightening article. Now we’re going to reconsider our thinking about the Time Cube.
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