How Creationists Think about Ants

This is another weird one from the creation scientists at Answers in Genesis (AIG) — the creationist ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia.

The title of their post is Miniature Metropolises. It was written by Tom Hennigan, described as an “associate professor of biology at Truett-McConnell College, where he teaches organism biology and ecology.” According to Wikipedia, that’s “a private, Christian, coeducational liberal arts college in Cleveland, Georgia, United States. It is operated under the auspices of the Georgia Baptist Convention, and controlled by a Board of Trustees elected by the Convention.” We’ll give you some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:

The world’s master builders are less than an inch tall. Gifted ant architects have built thriving cities on every continent — using every imaginable kind of material. The subterranean city highways are busy with traffic scurrying to and from the suburban markets. The citizens carry out their jobs with abandon, in full accordance with their special callings. A complex communication network ensures the survival of this metropolis, which must manage its food production, defend its citizens from marauding enemies, and regulate the climate. In some cities, caverns are set aside for shepherds to tend their flocks; and in other communities, collective farmers plant, prune, and harvest food from underground gardens.

These sound like modern human cities, but they’re not. Welcome to the wonderful world of ants, some of God’s most able architects, who have built an astonishing array of charming cities around the world.

What follows are dozens of paragraphs describing ants in different environments, all over the world. If you care about ants, go ahead and read it all. We’re skipping that material. We assumed that the bible college professor would be expounding on Proverbs 6:6, which says (King James version, of course):

Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise.

But no. Creationists are full of surprises. After all those paragraphs about ants and their behavior, he says:

In the midst of studying ants’ stunning architecture, which highlights the wisdom of their Creator, we discover that death and suffering permeate their lives. Warring armies fight and kill each other every day, while stronger ants enslave weaker ants to do their bidding.

Egad — ants aren’t admirable, they’re horrible! Then he tells us:

Their world is a stark reminder of the curse, which Adam brought upon creation when he selfishly desired to live independent of God and ignore his obligations to his wife and future family.

Ah yes, it wouldn’t be an AIG post without a reminder about Adam & Eve. The bible college professor continues:

Yet in the midst of our fallen world, an ant colony still reminds us how a society is supposed to work together like one body.

What? Does AIG think we should organize our societies like ants? With all that fighting and killing and slavery? What’s going on here? Let’s read on:

In 1 Corinthians 12, the Apostle Paul explains that the body of Christ is a unit made of many parts. The church is a fellowship of very different people who have unique gifts that they should be exercising in accordance with their special calling, as they diligently serve their Creator and their fellow humans in a community of self-sacrificing love.

It sounds wonderful — just like ants. This is how the article ends:

Next time you see an ant hill, may God remind you of your own calling and important work to be done for Christ and His body!

We must be missing something. But then, we often feel that way after reading something from AIG.

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11 responses to “How Creationists Think about Ants

  1. Doctor Stochastic

    La Plume de Ma Tante!

  2. “…we discover that death and suffering permeate their lives. Warring armies fight and kill each other every day, while stronger ants enslave weaker ants to do their bidding.”
    Damn atheistic ants have no morals. They need someone to convert them to the holy book’s writings, like Tom Hennigan, who understands them so well. Go for it, Tom.

  3. The Creationists helpfully remind us that the goal of creationism is not the advancement of knowledge or science; it’s to produce altar calls where new recruits are solicited for the tribe and existing members are shamed for any shortfall in their participation.

  4. Dave Luckett

    Me, I just sit flabbergasted at this:

    “…the curse, which Adam brought upon creation when he selfishly desired to live independent of God and ignore his obligations to his wife and future family.”

    What on Earth (or rather, under it) gives these people the right to Make Stuff Up and wedge it into the Bible? What is this independence of God and obligations to family palaver? He disobeyed and ate the fruit, and for his disobedience was cursed with death and suffering, and the Earth was cursed only to the extent that it would yield food only with labor. Eve was cursed with subjection and pain in childbirth.

    I have often remarked on the willingness of these morons to change not merely the meanings of the words they call holy, but the words themselves. This is another example of the same. Ridiculous, and as phony as a Tudor TV cabinet.

  5. Given my own lamentable record of typographical errors and html tag mangling, I should not be the one to point out the error in the title to this post, which should of course read:

    How Creationists Think: A Bout with Ants

  6. About Ants:
    “Warring armies fight and kill each other every day, while stronger ants enslave weaker ants to do their bidding.”
    The ants deserved to be cursed; they were obviously in on the whole smart fruit scam that trapped Adam. Anyone can see ants all over apple trees for themselves.

  7. In 1 Corinthians 12, the Apostle Paul explains that the body of Christ is a unit made of many parts. The church is a fellowship of very different people who have unique gifts that they should be exercising in accordance with their special calling, as they diligently serve their Creator and their fellow humans in a community of self-sacrificing love.

    But an anthill is a rigidly stratified society in which every “part” (that is, individual) does exactly as commanded (by instinct and pheromones, in the ants’ case), forced labor is common (aphids are slaves) and war with other ant colonies is routine.

    That sounds a lot like a totalitarian state, which is what fundamentalists seem to want for America. Imagine a Christian Iran with thousands of nuclear weapons and a globe-girdling military establishment. And, of course, a secret police, since humans have little in the way of either instincts or pheromones to keep them in line.

  8. Thank you, Wikipedia, Cleveland, Ga. is “North Georgia Zoo and Petting Farm.”

    What is it with creationists and petting farms?

  9. You missed the big pun here for the title:
    Hennigan vs the Ants!

  10. michaelfugate

    Just check out that publication list! They must be so proud!
    https://truett.edu/directory/tom-henngian/

  11. Dave Luckett

    Thanks for that michaelfugate. That’s as total a summation of a completely barren, utterly wasted life as I have ever seen. Associate Professor of Biology, yet!