This is an amazing post from the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) — the fountainhead of young-earth creationist wisdom. The title is Modern Science and Vain Philosophy: An Ancient Deception in Our Midst. It was written by Vernon R. Cupps, Ph.D.
That’s a new name to us. ICR wrote an article about him when he was hired — see New ICR Research Associate: Vernon R. Cupps. They say:
[He worked] at the Los Alamos National Laboratory before taking a position as radiation physicist at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, where he directed and supervised a radiochemical analysis laboratory from 1988 to 2011. He is a published researcher with 73 publications, 18 of which are in referred journals.
It’s amazing, but Cupps now works for ICR. Here are some excerpts from his article, with bold font added by us:
The account of Adam and Eve’s temptation and subsequent expulsion from the Garden of Eden is familiar to many. It contains hidden truths that are just as true today as they were when the world was new. One of these truths concerns how Satan deals in the world. Satan consistently tempts his victims through both outright lies and subtle deception. If we are to remain firm in our faith, then we should learn how to resist his tactics by rooting ourselves in the inspired Word of God.
Cupps must have been really popular at Fermilab. Let’s read on:
Unlike Adam and Eve, Jesus shows us the proper way of resisting the devil’s temptations. When Jesus was tempted in the wilderness, the devil did not test Him by obvious manifestations of sin but by subtly applying half-truths from the Bible. … But at every turn Jesus remained steadfast, answering Satan with Scripture. Jesus’ example can be applied to the deceptions of modern science that try to undermine the authority of God’s Word.
[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] How can we resist modern science? The creationist nuclear physicist continues:
[N]aturalism has turned much of modern science into a dizzy array of conjecture, wishful thinking, assumptions, and will-driven consensus far removed from the constraints of true science, which rests on observation and reproducible experimentation. Yet this “science” has replaced God’s Word as the absolute authority.
Gasp — naturalism is the devil’s work! Here’s more:
Suppose we listen to a conversation between a naturalist who believes in concepts like deep time (millions and billions of years) and a naïve professing Christian who goes to church and does many good deeds but is not rooted in the authority of God’s Word.
Here’s the dialogue. It’s just like it must have been in the Garden when the Serpent tempted Eve:
Naturalist: “Did God really say that He created the heavens and the earth in six days? That’s preposterous because science has demonstrated through radioactive dating, core drilling, tree-ring studies, and biological evidence that the earth must be at least 3.4 billion years old.”
Christian: “But God said plainly that He created from nothingness the heavens and the earth in six distinct steps…six actual days.”
Naturalist: “The six days could be six very long time periods. Only ignorant people believe the myths and fairy tales in the Bible, especially Genesis. Very long time periods agree better with modern science.”
Christian: “Maybe you’re right.”
Subtle. Cunning. We must always be on guard! Here’s how the creationist nuclear physicist ends his article:
From the beginning, Satan has been man’s adversary. He operates in the realm of outright lies and half-truths so that he may deceive us. Beware of those who peddle various philosophies and vain deceits after the traditions of men, people who set science before and over the Word of God. All of this reduces to faith, something all people possess — even skeptics and atheists. The real question is: What are you going to put your faith in, the word of man or the Word of God?
Nothing could be more clear. ICR is fortunate to have attracted Cupps to its collection of creation scientists.
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