We are all familiar with the Salem Hypothesis, according to which engineering types — and that often includes computer scientists — have a tendency toward the creationist viewpoint. We have long suspected that it also applies to physicians and dentists, of whom we’ve encountered many examples, most recently Dr. Ben Carson, who was a contender for the Republican nomination for the Presidency.
A good example of a creationist physician is given to us today by Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia, famed for his creationist ministry, Answers in Genesis (AIG) and for the mind-boggling Creation Museum.
Hambo’s post is How Believing in Creation Helps as a Medical Doctor. If you’re expecting a factual account of creationist medicinal discoveries, cure rates, or other indicators of efficacy, or perhaps the successful use of Toad-Tested Medicine, you’ll be disappointed. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
When you start with God’s Word, you have an internally consistent worldview that can be used to answer life’s toughest questions. My long-time friend Dr. Tommy Mitchell, a medical doctor who is now a full-time, dynamic speaker/writer with us at AiG, recently spoke with some of our staff about how his belief in God’s Word and biblical creation affected his practice as a medical doctor.
What physician refers to himself as “Tommy”? Yet that’s how the guy styles himself — see AIG’s bio page on him: Dr. Tommy Mitchell. Ah well, let’s see what this is all about. Who knows? Hambo may actually have some data for us. What follows are the words of Tommy Mitchell, who says:
If you start with a biblical foundation, you can give answers. When people ask questions about abortion, euthanasia, or the sanctity of life, you can give sound answers about the life you’re talking about. People are made in the image of God, so their life has meaning and value because they are not just evolved animals.
Tommy is talking about medical ethics, not the actual practice of medicine. Let’s read on:
Now, if it’s survival of the fittest, why should you take care of the weak? Why should you take care of the infirm? I’ve raised this issue with a lot of people over the years, and a lot of people tend to get mad at me when I raise it. Most of my colleagues were evolutionists, and they always think I’m accusing them of not caring, which is not the case at all, because doctors do care. The thing is that you can’t give a basis for that care if evolution and survival of the fittest is true, because, really, why should we help the sick and infirm?
It’s impossible for the rational mind to understand, but that’s the way creationists think. If an evolutionist’s mother falls down the stairs, she ought to be left where she lies, writhing in pain. If she dies, then she dies. So what? It’s the Darwinian way! It’s the same with physicians. If someone is sick, so what? Who cares? Ah, but with a bible-believing physician — like Tommy — it’s different!
This is nonsensical, but we’ve already gone this far, so we may as well stay with it. Tommy continues:
Now, as Christians, the reason we do that is because we want to show mercy, compassion, and the love of Christ to others. Evolutionary doctors care about their patients, but when you ask them why they care, they don’t have an answer. When people came to me with these questions, I had a consistent answer: because God’s Word is true, because God does care, and because God created man in His image.
What a nice man! He cares — he really cares! But that’s only because he’s afraid that if he doesn’t care, he’ll end up in the Lake of Fire. Tommy’s patients had better hope that he never has a crisis of faith, because if he ever has doubts … well, in that case you wouldn’t want to go to him for help.
Here’s more, and now he’s talking about comforting patients, but not curing them:
Why is there death and suffering? Well, if you’re an evolutionist, you really don’t have an answer to that question because death and suffering have been here since the beginning. They are almost required. It’s almost like “it’s tough, but that’s the way things are.” That’s not a great or comforting answer when your child has leukemia.
Right. An evolutionist doctor would say: “My examination reveals that you’re having a heart attack. Tough luck. Deal with it!” Ah, but a creationist would explain that it’s because of the sin of Adam & Eve. That’s far more effective.
Here’s the rest of Tommy’s words of wisdom:
But if you start with God’s Word, you have a more consistent understanding because you have a firm foundation of the true history of God’s Word to start with.
So there you are, dear reader. In all of that blather, there wasn’t one sentence — not a single word! — about how creationism cures diseases or repairs injuries. Why didn’t Tommy tell us about that?
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