Creationist Wisdom #807: Georgia Genius

Today’s letter-to-the-editor (it’s actually a column) appears in the Marietta Daily Journal of Marietta, Georgia. It’s titled Departed voices that still whisper. The newspaper has a comments feature.

Unless the letter-writer is a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name — but today we have an exception. The columnist is Roger Hines, described as “a retired high school English teacher and state legislator in Kennesaw.” He’s no longer in the legislature, but their website briefly mentions him. We’ll give you a few excerpts from his column, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!

For a century or more, three men have ruled over us from their graves. We still bear their mark. We live under their influence. The ideas of Charles Darwin, Karl Marx and Sigmund Freud don’t just linger. They dominate.

[*Groan*] We’ve encountered those three names before in the Discovery Institute’s founding manifesto, The Wedge Document, which says in its Introduction, with our bold font for emphasis:

The proposition that human beings are created in the image of God is one of the bedrock principles on which Western civilization was built. Its influence can be detected in most, if not all, of the West’s greatest achievements, including representative democracy, human rights, free enterprise, and progress in the arts and sciences.

Yet a little over a century ago, this cardinal idea came under wholesale attack by intellectuals drawing on the discoveries of modern science. Debunking the traditional conceptions of both God and man, thinkers such as Charles Darwin, Karl Marx, and Sigmund Freud portrayed humans not as moral and spiritual beings, but as animals or machines who inhabited a universe ruled by purely impersonal forces and whose behavior and very thoughts were dictated by the unbending forces of biology, chemistry, and environment. This materialistic conception of reality eventually infected virtually every area of our culture, from politics and economics to literature and art.

The cultural consequences of this triumph of materialism were devastating. Materialists denied the existence of objective moral standards, claiming that environment dictates our behavior and beliefs. Such moral relativism was uncritically adopted by much of the social sciences, and it still undergirds much of modern economics, political science, psychology and sociology.

[…]

Discovery Institute’s Center for the Renewal of Science and Culture seeks nothing less than the overthrow of materialism and its cultural legacies.

We’ve discussed the Discoveroids’ three demons a few times before — see Darwin, Marx, and Freud: The Evil Threesome, where we said:

Why Marx, Freud & Darwin? What do they have in common — other than being dead? When we first saw that group of names together we thought it was an IQ test question: Which of these three doesn’t belong? The same question could be asked about Capone, Manson, and Edison.

Although it’s insane, throwing Darwin’s name in with the other two makes a certain kind of sense as a tactical tool. The Discoveroids can be virtually certain that anyone who buys into their dogma of the Evil Three is incapable of rational thought, and is therefore likely to serve them faithfully as a useful idiot.

Okay, we know where Roger gets his intellectual guidance. Let’s see what he says:

In America and Europe, Darwinian theory is science education’s default position. In America’s science classrooms, Darwinism is the gospel. If you question it, your intellect is in question and you’re as backward as those who doubt that humans cause global warning.

Ah, but Roger has the courage to question Darwin’s theory. Then he tells us:

As for Marx, don’t think socialism is dead. The vast Union of Soviet Socialist Republics is no more — thanks to Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, Pope John Paul II, and the enlightened Soviet Premier Gorbachev — but active socialists are still everywhere. In China, parts of Europe, Venezuela, and in pesky Cuba, to name only a few, socialists persist.

And Freud? The father of today’s talking industry (psychoanalysis, Dr. Phil, etc.) may be losing ground in psychologists’ offices, but you wouldn’t know it from examining college psychology textbooks.

We won’t bother with any more of what Roger says about those two. Everyone knows our views on socialism, and we’ve never paid any attention to Freud. He continues:

Darwinists still reject Aristotle’s time-honored scientific method, as do most science teachers who teach and preach Darwinism.

What? Aristotle’s scientific method? He was excellent regarding logic, but what experiments did he perform? The Wikipedia article History of scientific method starts with Aristotle, but the scientific method, as understood and practiced today, is a product of the Enlightenment. Their article on Aristotle says:

His writings provide an account of many scientific observations, a mixture of precocious accuracy and curious errors. For example, in his History of Animals he claimed that human males have more teeth than females. In a similar vein, John Philoponus, and later Galileo, showed by simple experiments that Aristotle’s theory that a heavier object falls faster than a lighter object is incorrect.

Anyway, Roger claims that Darwinists reject Aristotle’s “time-honored scientific method.” Let’s read on:

Yet, regarding the origin of man, who was present to observe and record? Not Darwin or anyone else we’ve been able to locate. So Darwinists speculate and theorize without observation, record or repeatable experiment. How scientific or reliable is that? Darwinists are people of great faith. Does anyone truly think man’s origins can be either verified or falsified by any imaginable evidence?

Roger not only gets his ideas from the Discoveroids, he has also adopted ol’ Hambo’s Were you there? method of challenging evolution. Another excerpt:

Darwin is not dead. Or maybe he is and is being propped up by the field of education which, one would think, should teach us to examine more than one theory.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Regarding evolution and creationism, Roger advocates that schools should adopt the Discoveroids’ Teach the controversy method of sneaking creationism into science classrooms.

Skipping a load about Marx and Freud, Roger ends his brilliant essay with this:

Darwinism, Marxism, and Freudism enjoy a stronghold granted them by academia. … High atop their pinnacles they perch. Wise we would be to rope them and give the rope a substantial tug. The future of our children would be well served.

There’s not much to be said here. Roger is no longer in the legislature, and he couldn’t have done much damage as an English teacher. So we leave him, babbling in his local newspaper.

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16 responses to “Creationist Wisdom #807: Georgia Genius

  1. I wonder how many theories of gravitation or electromagnetism Roger insists Georgia schools teach?

  2. What alternative does anyone propose for common descent?

  3. What about the graves of Jesus, Moses, and, well, pick any pope, your choice.

  4. Michael Fugate

    More of Hines intellectual prowess here:
    http://www.mdjonline.com/opinion/roger-hines-why-i-love-donald-trump-and-why-his/article_746b38e4-1753-11e7-9f10-037874cde0cc.html
    Might I add he lists his religion as Southern Baptist.

  5. Hans Weichselbaum

    Yes, let’s go back to Aristotle’s three laws of motion! That’s real science. Heavy objects fall faster – everybody can see that.

  6. Mark Germano

    Marietta is in Cobb County where the school board once put a sticker on biology text books. Something about evolution is a theory, not a fact.

  7. Dave Luckett

    Some old guy in Georgia thinks evolution is wrong. News at 11.

  8. Michael Fugate

    The whole machine idea well predated those 3.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clockwork_universe

  9. Hans Weichselbaum notes:

    Heavy objects fall faster – everybody can see that.

    Indeed! But it is not to Aristotle to whom we are beholden for our certain knowledge of this, we owe it to our god-given and infallible intuition–which also assures us the world is flat, the sun revolves around it, and I ain’t no kin to monkeys!

  10. Hines loves Trump (his word) for his (Trump’s, not Hines’s) work ethic and authenticity. I do not know how to argue with such perceptiveness

  11. How can you dispute with the observation that there is not an ounce of “put on” or “airs”?

  12. TomS asks

    How can you dispute with the observation that there is not an ounce of “put on” or “airs”?

    You don’t.

    Instead, you offer a bag of Magic Beans at the bargain price of $10,000 (cash only, please).

  13. Michael Fugate

    No ego at all – the very definition of humble – or so he claims.

  14. It’s not Trump’s fault, Michael, if you lack the capacity to understand how humble he is. he explains it brilliantly here: https://twitter.com/jbarro/status/754859222223978496?lang=en
    I had a video link too but it had a “health food” ad stuck to it; does anyone have a clean link to where he says it?

  15. Michael Fugate

    You are right, I am incapable of understanding.

  16. As Moses wrote in Numbers 12:3
    (Now Moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth.)