It’s long. It’s boring. Every sentence is catastrophically wrong. You could teach an entire semester-long course using this as your text, with the course title being: “A Classic Case of Creationism.”
We’re taking about this … this thing that just appeared at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG) — the creationist ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia. It’s titled Is Science Secular?
It was written by Bodie Hodge, who has a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Southern Illinois University. Instead of pursuing an engineering career, he’s a speaker, writer, and researcher for AIG. Not only that, but Bodie is ol’ Hambo’s son-in-law.
Bodie has a genuine talent for this kind of work. The last time we wrote about one of his AIG essays was AIG: Darwin = Hitler, Stalin, Abortion, etc.. We introduced it as “the ultimate creationist witches brew — deep, thick, and unbearably foul-smelling.” In our final paragraph we said it was “the biggest ark-load of creationist excrement we’ve ever seen in one post.”
Bodie’s new essay continues that tradition. It’s very long. Every paragraph is a classic, so you’ll need to read it all to get the full impact. Here are a few choice excerpts, with bold font added by us:
A friend of the ministry [presumably the AIG ministry] was recently challenged by the comment that science can only be done through a purely secular evolutionary framework. We have decided to publish a response for the sake of teaching. Such statements are blatantly absurd and are a type of arbitrary fallacy called an “ignorant conjecture.” In other words, these people simply do not know the past, nor are they familiar with what science really is.
Fortunately, Bodie knows the past, and he knows what science “really is.” He says:
If science is a strictly secular endeavor without any need for a biblical worldview, then why were most fields of science developed by Bible-believing Christians? For example, consider Isaac Newton, Gregor Mendel, Louis Pasteur, Johann Kepler, Galileo Galilei …
Yeah, yeah. We’ve all been through that before. Our best response is here: Did Science Originate with Creationists? After that, Bodie tells us:
Furthermore, science comes out of a Christian worldview. Only the God described in the Bible can account for a logical and orderly universe. God upholds the universe in a particular way, such that we can study it by observational and repeatable experimentation [irrelevant scripture reference]. Because God upholds the universe in a consistent manner, we have a valid reason to expect that we can study the world we live in and describe the laws that God uses to sustain the universe [another irrelevant scripture reference].
Yes — were it not for God’s logical, orderly, and consistent universe, we couldn’t do science, because all kinds of impossible and incomprehensible things like — cough, cough — miracles would be happening. Bodie continues:
When non-Christians do real science by observable and repeatable experimentation, they are actually assuming a biblical worldview, even if they do not realize it. The U.S. will lose out in “science” when its education system limits science in the classroom exclusively to the religion of secular humanism.
We must teach creationism in our schools. It’s the only way to excel in science. Let’s read on:
The battle is between the religion of secular humanism (with its variant forms like agnosticism, atheism, and the like), which is usually called secularism or humanism for short, and Christianity.
Humanism has astronomical evolution (big bang), geological evolution (millions of years of slow gradual changes), chemical evolution (life came from non-life) and biological evolution (original, single-celled life evolved into all life forms we have today over billions of years) in its view of origins. In other words, evolution (as a whole) is a subset of the dogma of the religion of humanism in the same way as biblical creation (as a whole, with six-day Creation, the Fall, global Flood, and the Tower of Babel) is a subset of the dogma of Christianity. It is a battle over two different religions.
Amazing, huh? Another excerpt:
There is a misconception that this evolutionary subset of humanism is science. Science means knowledge and scientific methodology that is based on the scientific method (observable and repeatable experimentation). However, evolution (whether chemical, biological, astronomical, or geological) is far from scientific. Consider the following facts:
1. No one has been able to observe or repeat the making of life from non-life (matter giving rise to life or chemical evolution).
2. No one has been able to observe or repeat the changing of a single-celled life-form like an amoeba into a cow or goat over billions of years (biological evolution).
3. No one has been able to observe or repeat the big bang (astronomical evolution).
4. No one has observed millions of years of time progressing in geological layers (geological evolution).
You can’t argue with that, dear reader. Were you there? Here’s more
One of the key components of humanism is naturalism. Basically, it assumes a priori there is nothing supernatural and no God. In other words, nature (i.e., matter) is all that exists in their religion (only the physical world).
Logic, truth, integrity, concepts, thought, God, etc., are not material and have no mass; so those holding to naturalism as a worldview must reject logic, truth, and all immaterial concepts if they wish to be consistent since these are not material or physical parts of nature.
Okay, that’s enough. Click over there and read the whole thing if you like. All we can say is that ol’ Hambo must be very pleased that his daughter married Bodie. She made the right choice.
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