The creation scientists at Answers in Genesis (AIG) — the creationist ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the ayatollah of Appalachia — are trying to comfort their drooling followers with this one. The title is “Only the Uneducated Reject Evolution”, and there’s no author’s byline. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
Besides the arrogance of such statements [presumably a reference to the title of their post], this argument has no footing and should be cast off. Mainly, those who make this claim usually define “educated people” as those who accept evolution.
Yes, those hell-bound evolutionists are so arrogant! Then they say:
Any who disagree fail the test, no matter what their background (e.g., if we follow this ideology, Isaac Newton must have been uneducated).
Nice try, but the statement that creationists are uneducated applies to people today, now that evolution is such a well supported theory. After that they tell us:
[W]e could point out Darwin’s own deficit of formal education (he earned a bachelor’s in theology). But the bigger issue is that education — or lack thereof — does not guarantee the validity of a person’s position.
That’s true. Ol’ Hambo is always bragging about his staff of creationists, some of whom have advanced degrees. Their “education” is certainly no guarantee that they know what they’re talking about. AIG continues:
The argument, “Only the uneducated reject evolution,” is a logical fallacy on many fronts. It’s an ad hominem fallacy because it attacks the creationist rather than challenging the creationist’s view. It’s a faulty appeal to authority because it appeals to particular experts without acknowledging that many experts [Hee hee!] dispute the claim of evolution. It’s a “no true Scotsman” fallacy because even though there are many educated creationists [Hee hee!], they are reclassified as uneducated since supposedly no truly educated person would reject evolution.
Yes, dear reader, your criticism of creationists is just one fallacy after another. Let’s read on:
Those who believe that only the uneducated reject evolution perhaps do not realize that evolution, far from fact, does not even qualify as a theory. Evolution is a belief system about the past. Creationists also have a belief system about the past, but it is based on the historical account of the Bible, which claims to be the Word of God [scripture reference].
Wowie — evolution isn’t even a theory!
The rest of the AIG post is a big bible story, followed by a bible quote, so we’ll quit here. However, we’ve given you more than enough to cause you to change your attitude about creationists. They’re not uneducated. You are!
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