Most of you know about Jason Lisle, the creationist astrophysicist who used to be employed by Answers in Genesis (AIG), ol’ Hambo’s online ministry. For reasons which have never been explained, Jason left AIG a few years ago to go to the Institute for Creation Research (ICR), the fountainhead of young-earth creationist wisdom, where he is now “Director of Physical Sciences.”
He often claims that Oogity Boogity is the only way to think clearly, and we’ve written about that a few times, for example: Jason Lisle — Materialism Is Irrational, and also Jason Lisle: Faith vs. Reason, and before that Jason Lisle Tells Us How To Think, and we’ll never forget this one — Mathematics is Creationist.
Jason is once again beating that same drum. His latest at the ICR website is The Beginning of Knowledge. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and his scripture references omitted:
How do we know that God exists and the Bible is His Word? Many people think God’s existence is just like any other truth claim — a hypothesis we can confirm or falsify by proper reasoning from more certain knowledge. Commonly, people start with the things they know for sure by their own experiences and then reach a conclusion about God’s existence. Perhaps their experience with cause-and-effect leads them to reason that the universe must have a cause and maybe that cause is God. Perhaps the intricate design of the human body prompts some to believe in the biblical God. In all such cases a person begins with what he knows to be true from his observations of the world and then applies his rational faculties to draw a conclusion about God’s existence.
Jason is describing the fallacy known as God of the gaps. According to Wikipedia:
“God of the gaps” is a term used to describe observations of theological perspectives in which gaps in scientific knowledge are taken to be evidence or proof of God’s existence.
Don’t assume that Jason is a typical god-gapper. He’s more sophisticated than that. He says:
But there is a problem for skeptics. If God did not exist, there would be no reason to trust that our observations correspond to reality or that the human mind is capable of rational thought. After all, if our sensory organs were merely the unplanned result of evolution, then there would be no reason to presume that they truly sense the universe. … After all, why trust a mindlessly produced accident to be right about anything? So, if God did not design us, then we would have no rational reason to think that our own reasoning is rational.
[*Groan*] If we couldn’t perceive reality, wouldn’t be here. Without functioning sensory organs, we’d eat rocks, walk off cliffs, run toward predators, and leap into fires. Our existence validates the adequacy of our senses.
Ah well, that was Jason’s strongest argument. Now it gets silly. He tells us:
On the other hand, if God created us in His image, after His likeness, then we would have a very good reason to expect that our minds are capable of rational reasoning. We have a good reason to trust that our sensory organs perceive reality since God designed them to do just that. We can have knowledge of things if, and only if, the Bible is true in what it says about God.
Therefore, God is not simply the conclusion of a chain of reasoning; rather, He is the foundation for all reasoning. So, the existence of God is not a mere hypothesis to be tested but is the foundational truth that makes it possible for us to test hypotheses about anything else.
In other words, if you begin by assuming Oogity Boogity, then you can go on to being a great creation scientist, like Jason. He continues:
If the atheist were successful in arguing against God, he would lose the only rational basis for trusting his own thoughts and perceptions.
Got that? If you somehow win the argument, then you lose. And you’ll end up in the Lake of Fire too. This is Jason’s final sentence:
There can be no doubt that God exists; any alternative is self-refuting.
ICR is fortunate to have a clear thinker like Jason on the payroll. With him around, they’ll never be wrong. You doubt that? You fool! You’re obviously incapable of thinking.
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