We found something that really bothered us in the Christian Post, which describes itself as “the nation’s most comprehensive Christian news website.” They don’t have a comments feature. Their headline is Ken Ham Calls Evolution ‘Religion of Death,’ Opposite of Christianity ‘Religion of Life’. What a headline!
As you know, Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) is the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia. He’s the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else, famed for his creationist ministry, Answers in Genesis (AIG) and other creationist enterprises. When we saw that headline, we wanted to know what ol’ Hambo was saying. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
Answers in Genesis President Ken Ham is blasting the Theory of Evolution as a “religion of death.”
“Evolution is a supposed process involving death, death and more death — death is a necessary part — death for everyone — it’s a religion of death,” the outspoken Young-Earth Creationist said in comments posted on Twitter Tuesday morning.
Okay, let’s play with that. To begin with, evolution is part of science — the study of reality. Biological science has done more to expand human lifespans and improve health than all the religions and all the preachers that ever existed. Yet Hambo calls evolution a “religion of death.”
Hambo’s religion, on the other hand, really is about death. Yahweh is the inventor of death. Hambo tells us that death didn’t exist until Adam & Eve sinned. Then Yahweh not only condemned them to die, but all of their descendants too. Yahweh is literally the god of death.
Don’t believe it? Then what about Noah’s Flood? Yahweh killed everything on the face of the Earth (except for what was in the Ark). Pregnant women — dead. Their unborn babies? Dead. Little children playing with puppies? Dead. Butterflies and songbirds? Dead. That goes far beyond “mere” genocide. It’s deliberate death on a planetary scale — global slaughter. There’s no way to get around it: Yahweh is a killer. Ol’ Hambo’s Ark Encounter is a monument to that horrendous myth, yet he says his religion is a “religion of life.”
Consider some of the other tales from Hambo’s “religion of life.” How about the Binding of Isaac? According to the story, Yahweh commands Abraham to offer his son Isaac as a sacrifice. Right then and there, Abraham should have decided that maybe the Sumerian gods he had rejected weren’t so bad after all. But he didn’t. Abraham was willing to go through with it, which supposedly shows what a great guy he was. At the last moment, Yahweh called it off, and told Abraham to kill a ram instead. It’s a horrible story.
The New Testament, of course, is about yet another human sacrifice — one that was actually carried out. Hambo says that tale is central to his “religion of life,” according to which you will live forever — but you have to die first.
Evolution, however, isn’t about causing death, or praising it. If we could figure out a way to increase our lifespans for centuries, or millennia, or to eliminate human death entirely, we would do so. That’s what Hambo calls our “religion of death.”
That was a long digression. Let’s get back to the article in the Christian Post. They say:
In a couple of additional comments, Ham contrasted the death aspect of evolution with the life aspect of Christianity and Jesus Christ’s resurrection. “Secularists accuse God of genocide ’cause they won’t acknowledge our sin’s responsible for death, but Christ overcame death at the cross,” continued Ham. “Evolution’s a religion of death — evolution kills everyone. Christianity is a religion of life — through death and resurrection God gives life,” he added.
That’s all we’re going to excerpt. The rest of it is about Hambo’s Ark Encounter. Click over there to read it, if you like. We’re done.
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