This is a classic from Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia, famed not only for his creationist ministry, Answers in Genesis (AIG), but also for the infamous, mind-boggling Creation Museum, and for building an exact replica of Noah’s Ark.
The title of Hambo’s post is Evolution Has “Absolutely No Effect” on Medical Practice. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
We hear the myth all the time that creationists can’t be real scientists. It doesn’t seem to matter how often we point to creation scientists who have made huge achievements and advances in their field, secularists still say that creationists can’t be real scientists.
[*Groan*] From time to time, creationists point to genuine technological accomplishments of creationists. Hambo sometimes mentions Dr. Raymond Damadian, who invented the MRI scanning machine. However, Genesis had nothing to do with his work. Had he confined his efforts to the “science” in the bible, he couldn’t have accomplished anything — except perhaps making some kind of improved horse-drawn chariot.
We’ve seen that a creationist can be an architect, dentist, physician, or a number of other things. Many seem to be engineers. But they can’t function effectively in those occupations without using knowledge, skills, and technologies that are clearly non-biblical. Then Hambo says:
Well, my personal friend (and cribbage opponent!) Dr. Tommy Mitchell is a creation scientist. He is a medical doctor, and he serves on staff here at AiG. Dr. Mitchell used to be a theistic evolutionist until he began to examine the Scriptures and realized that the two were utterly incompatible. During a recent interview, he was asked how his belief in evolution influenced his work as a medical doctor in contrast to his belief in creation:
Before we start with Hambo’s quotes from Tommy, we must mention that he recently posted something similar, and we wrote about it Creationism and the Practice of Medicine. In that one, Tommy was talking about medical ethics, not the actual practice of medicine. There wasn’t one sentence — not a single word! — about how creationism cures diseases or repairs injuries. Maybe he’ll do better this time. What follows are the words of Tommy Mitchell, who says:
It [evolution] had absolutely no effect. As a theistic evolutionist when I was in medical school, my instructors talked about the kidney, and that when it doesn’t work, here’s what you do to fix it. …. So, operationally, evolution had zero effect on anything I did as a physician.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Evolution also had no effect on building rockets to send men to the Moon. Edison didn’t use evolution when inventing the light bulb. When our air conditioning system needs repairs, evolution is useless. So far, Tommy is doing great. He then tells us:
When I told my medical practice partners I was going to leave the practice to go to AiG, many of them said things like, “I can’t believe you’re doing this! This is silly! Can’t I talk you out of this? Don’t you know you’re giving up being a physician to go out and teach this fairy tale?” And in the midst of this discussion, I would generally say, “I get that you’re an evolutionist, but tell me how evolution helped you in the last week. Give me any decision you made in this hospital that required you to accept evolution.” I never got an answer, not once.
Tommy suddenly switches from medicine to geology:
Now, as a scientist, everything I see in the world is consistent with God’s Word. I can look at those rock layers at the Grand Canyon and see evidence of the Flood. It’s totally consistent with what God’s Word tells me.
Uh huh. That’s why mining companies and oil companies are always trying to hire creationists to help them search for gold and oil using biblical information about the Flood. Here’s one final excerpt from Tommy:
Now, you can build another story around that, but is that story internally consistent? Starting with God’s Word, I don’t have to explain away any inconsistencies. Everything I see, whether it’s the complexity of the nervous system or how the body works, the more I understand that there’s just no way it could be an accident. So when I read in God’s Word “let us make man in our image,” I get it. What I see is totally consistent with what God’s Word tells me.
Then Hambo comes back. His last sentence (before he starts hawking his books) is a good one:
Evolution is a belief system — a religion — and it has nothing to do with observational science and technology!
In response to that nonsense, we’ll point out a few things. First, even if it were true that evolution doesn’t produce practical benefits, it doesn’t have to. Other then providing general background knowledge, what are the practical benefits of studying ancient history? Or cosmology? Or plate tectonics? Or paleontology? And where are the practical benefits of astronomy? Other than improved telescopes — used only for astronomy — it’s difficult to think of any. Well, some astronomy is useful for navigation, but most of what we’ve learned in the past few centuries has no practical effect — other than showing the cosmological absurdity of Genesis. Does Hambo think we should shut down all those studies, and burn those useless books?
Second, everyone (except maybe Tommy) understands the benefit of testing our medicine on species closely related to us — like monkeys, or at least rats. But if we weren’t closely related to some animals, and distantly related to others, then why shouldn’t we save money doing research and use only toad tested medicine?
Third, there are examples of evolution’s practical benefits in the TalkOrigins Index to Creationist Claims — see The theory of evolution is useless, without practical application.
And fourth — we saved the best for last — What are the practical benefits of creationism? It’s absolutely useless. It’s worse than useless, because it contradicts astronomy, geology, physics, biology, and every other branch of science that it touches. Evolution, on the other hand, is totally consistent with all other sciences, strongly indicating that it describes the same reality — the one in which we live.
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