Ken Ham & the ‘Religion of Death’

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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10 responses to “Ken Ham & the ‘Religion of Death’

  1. Evolution is all about life — and sacrifice, for that matter. Living things die so that others may live.

    living organisms die so that their (possibly) better-adapted offspring can live in a changing environment, or be better able to handle predation — or be better predators themselves.

    In other words, evolution is what has enabled life to continue on this planet for at least 3.8 billion years. You can’t match that, Ken Ham.

  2. Ham’s god didn’t have to create death. It chose death as its MO. It is the god of death. Ham has things backward

  3. Ken has NEVER read his book o’BS cuz the buyBull is all about death and killing! Talk about projection, the stoopid with this one thick it is!!

  4. michaelfugate

    That is the problem with monotheism – if you are God of everything, you get to be both God of Death and God of Life. You get stuck with both the bad and the good. God is even an acronym for God of Death – never heard God referred to as Gol.

  5. @michaelfugate
    Well now, that’s where the imaginary fallen angel Satan comes in. That little invention took death off of god’s plate and reassigned it to an inferior deity, thus absolving the primary deity of death and only responsible for life, a neat bit of hand waving I think.

  6. From my understanding of the bible, the life after death is more like the zombie apocalypse. Dead people resurrected from their graves. Pretty scary to me.

    There are several verses which appear to refer to walking dead, including people standing and decomposing while apparently still alive. But my favorite is Matthew 27:

    51 And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;
    52 And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,
    53 And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.

    Christianity is definitely the religion of zombies.

  7. Apparently the Hamster forgets (or never knew) that evolution is also about reproduction–birth. According to Darwin and his successors, at least as important as which creatures get killed by which is which individuals, with which combinations of genes, have the most offspring before dying.

  8. Yep, Christianity is the religion of life, for sure! Everyone lives forever thanks to having an immortal soul! The less fortunate part is that 99+% of us are doomed to be tortured forever in a Lake of Fire, but hey, it’s a life!

  9. Face it Hambo, without death you couldn’t peddle your nonsensical religious beliefs that have zero basis in fact. Religion is all about living humans taking out a spiritual insurance policy prior to our own physical demise. No death, no religion.

  10. Could it be the Hammy is upset and retaliating because people are pointing out that his ark park is nothing more than a monument to genocide.