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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