Answers in Genesis: The Creator Smells

This is the sort of thing we would normally ignore, but it has a couple of entertaining moments. It’s 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 is Souped-Up Sniffers, sub-titled “Design in Nature” — in case you didn’t know what was coming. It was written by Dr. David Menton. At the end of his post it says he “holds his PhD in cell biology from Brown University and is a well-respected author and teacher. He is professor emeritus at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.” Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:

Dogs are always sniffing around, but it’s not because they’re always hungry. Unlike us, they interpret the world primarily through smell. The reason dogs are always sniffing is that they depend on a very keen sense of smell. In fact, the sense of smell is more important to a dog in interpreting its world than its sense of seeing or hearing.

That’s common knowledge. What of it? Be patient, you’re about to find out. Menton says:

The dog’s sense of smell is said to be 1,000 to 10,000 times better than our own, depending on the breed. If our sense of vision were as good as a dog’s sense of smell, what we now see a third of a mile away, we could see over 3,000 miles away!

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Yes, maybe we could see over 3,000 miles away — but only if the Earth were flat. Because it’s a sphere, however, a fact which is troublesome for biblical literalists — see The Earth Is Flat! — a person who is six feet tall and standing on level ground can only see about 3 miles to the horizon. But we’ll give Menton credit for being true to the literal words of the bible.

After that, Menton devotes several paragraphs discussing how the sense of smell works, and then there’s a contribution by another AIG creation scientist who mentions other animals that have a superior sense of smell to ours. They never tells us why we were created to be so deficient in this regard.

The only other entertaining bit is this from Menton:

Scripture tells us that He who created the eye can see, and He who created the ear can hear [scripture reference]. And so the Creator of the nose can smell — but what does He smell? Praise God that the stench of our sins is replaced with the sweet aroma of Christ! “For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved” [scripture reference].

That’s it, dear reader. Now you know all you need to know about your sense of smell. And you also know how you smell to God.

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19 responses to “Answers in Genesis: The Creator Smells

  1. Hence expressions like “heaven-scent”?

  2. I guess that’s why he’s so fond of the smell of blood from animals butchered in his honor. Don’t forget the burnt offerings, too.

  3. Must be why he likes the smell of animals slaughtered in his honor, other animals burnt in offering to him.

  4. Scripture tells us that He who created the eye can see, and He who created the ear can hear [scripture reference]. And so the Creator of the nose can smell — but what does He smell?

    We can create instruments of all sorts that detect phenomenon that we ourselves cannot. So scripture is clearly incorrect when it refers to creators and that which they create.

    Ham needs to release and updated version. He can include his Ark embellishments at the same time.

  5. Well thank goodness these sweet saved souls are voting for Trump.
    Hallejujah !!!!!!

  6. @Charlie — That is indeed the logic behind ancient burnt offerings like you read about in the Bible. The intent was to soothe the anger of the gods with the aromas of roasting meat.

  7. The intent was to soothe the anger of the gods with the aromas of roasting meat.

    Except the vegetarian gods. Luckily — Ken Ham has the biblical reference, although it escapes me at the moment — Moses invented the veggieburger to deal with that eventuality.

  8. As Cain found out, the god of the Old Testament got royally ticked off when somebody offered him roasted vegetables instead of barbecued meat. I can’t say I blame him. Seems to me anybody with a lick of sense would know enough to at least stick chunks of lamb on the skewer between the peppers, onions, and mushrooms.

    I have no sympathy for Cain. Vegetarians are supposed to be pacific and cooperative. They should learn from their mistakes and do better next time, not throw a hissy fit and kill their brother just because he received better feedback from the big Guy in the Sky.

    Know what I suspect? Cain got all irritable because he suffered a bout of low blood sugar on account of his inadequate diet.

  9. I’m sure that story has nothing to do with the fact that the priests (who wrote Genesis) preferred to dine on meat rather than vegetables, and they were the ones who benefited directly from the offerings people brought to the temple.

  10. The Omniscient must have the ability to sense all sorts of senses – not only all wavelengths of photons, but also the mesons and gravitons.

  11. Charles Deetz ;)

    And the creator gave dogs this vastly superior ability and skipped over his chosen species, humans?

  12. No, we had it, but then Adam and Eve ate that damn apple and we lost it.

  13. And he is DEAD wrong!! All I need to do is look up and can see a brazilian miles away!!!

  14. The farthest one can see without using a telescope is the closest bright galaxies (Andromeda or Triangulum) at about 2+ million light years (12+ quintillion miles).
    The farthest one can smell? Just like a dog, we can only smell things that are in our nose. The molecules may have traveled far, but that is not a measure of the sensitivity of our sense of smell. Of course, everyone knows that the eye doctor does not test our sight by how far we see.

  15. Dave Luckett

    I suppose I should quote here “The Song of the Quoodle”, by G K Chesterton, but you either know it already, or can look it up.

  16. “But we’ll give Mention credit for being true to the literal words of the bible.”

    There is no “i” in Menton. (An auto-spell corrector typo, no doubt.)

    [*Voice from above*] Even the Curmudgeon sometimes needs my help. So I stretched forth my mighty hand, and lo, it is fixed!

  17. Just a random thought, but I do believe I can see the star Rigel in the constellation Orion and it’s about 773 light years away, considerably farther than 3000 miles. My dog tells me that Rigel has no scent.

  18. Brian Axsmith

    I smell BS

  19. According to Ham and aig, mankind was forbidden to eat meat until after the flood. Yet from the beginning it seems god was fond of meat…