This is a particularly silly one from Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. His article is Are Humans and Animals “Not So Different”? Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
Evolutionists often emphasize small similarities between humans and animals and ignore the massive differences that separate us from animals in their attempt to show common descent.
He quotes a professor of molecular biology, Nathan Lents, who promotes his new book by saying (with ellipses and bracketed material supplied by Hambo): “I’m a biologist at heart, so I look at every single thing as a product of evolution. . . . I’m always thinking of evolution. . . . [The book’s] never stated but always present thesis . . . [is that evolution] has shaped our behavior as much as it has our anatomy.”
Hambo finds that deeply troubling. He says:
Now, his statement really shouldn’t start with an explanation that he’s “a biologist at heart.” Really, he’s more of an evolutionist at heart. Nothing about biology demonstrates that everything — including our behavior and anatomy — is a product of evolution. Actually, biology argues against evolutionary ideas.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! A bold statement indeed! To support what he just said, he tells us:
The law of biogenesis states that life only comes from other life. Natural selection and mutations — the supposed driving forces of evolution — actually cause changes that lead in the opposite direction of pond-scum-to-people evolution by deleting or rearranging information rather than adding brand-new genetic information for new traits.
The so-called “law of biogenesis” is debunked in Common Creationist Claims Confuted. Hambo’s perverted description of natural selection isn’t worth debunking. He continues:
Now, this evolutionist has exposed his underlying presupposition that evolution has happened, and this presupposition colors what he thinks and writes about.What if we changed the presupposition? Any one of our qualified research scientists could say the same thing as Lents, but start with a different presupposition: “I’m a biologist [or geneticist or medical doctor and so on] at heart, so I look at every single thing as a product of God’s handiwork. . . . I’m always thinking of His Word and His creation.”
[*Groan*] Evolution isn’t a presupposition — it’s a conclusion from observed facts. Quite unlike Hambo’s genuine presupposition about miracles. Let’s read on:
Now the premise of Lents’ book is that humans and animals aren’t that different. But are humans and animals really that similar? Well, first we should remember that humans always have a tendency to anthropomorphize (attribute human qualities to nonhumans) animals. … A great example of this is the “guilty” look dogs are said to give their owners when they’ve done something wrong. Well, researchers have shown that the dogs aren’t actually showing signs of guilt — they are merely trying to avoid your displeasure. And yet we often believe our dogs really do feel guilty for what they’ve done.
An utterly irrelevant point, considering all the biology we have in common. Hambo goes on:
We also need to remember that we have a common Designer. Just as we have some similarities in anatomy, we should expect some similarities in behavior. Our Creator has made life extremely complex; the more we learn, the more we are surprised by what we find. But this shouldn’t direct us to worship the creation as evolutionists are virtually prone to do. It should direct us to praise and glorify our Creator who takes great delight in what He has made.
As yes, any similarities we share with animals are the work of the designer. That’s a much better explanation than evolution. Another excerpt:
Nothing about animal intelligence or behaviors threatens biblical creation. It is obvious even to a young child that humans are very different from any animal. But what is the real difference? Is it our ability to think rationally? Appreciate beauty? Think about eternity or the meaning of life? No!
No? Then what does make us different from animals? Hambo gives us the answer:
It’s the fact that we alone are created in the image of God [scripture reference]. Unlike the animals, we are made in God’s image and are therefore completely and utterly distinct from the animals.
Of course! Why didn’t we think of that? Then, except for a promotion of his Creation Museum and his ark replica, this is how it ends:
No, we are not animals or the product of millions of years of evolutionary change. We are uniquely designed by the Creator God of the universe, in His very own image.
In other words, Hambo ain’t no kin to no monkey.
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