This is a good one from Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. He just posted this at Answers in Genesis (AIG), his creationist ministry: Did We “Inherit Our Dark Evil Side” from Chimps? Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and Hambo’s scripture references omitted:
An article appeared recently in the Mirror, a UK news site, featuring an interview with Jane Goodall, the famous evolutionary primatologist who studied chimpanzees in Tanzania. Dr. Goodall was discussing her early days working with wild chimps. She shares that she originally thought chimps were nice, only to later learn they can “rip your face off.”
You know who Jane Goodall is. This is the article Hambo is talking about: Jane Goodall: I thought chimps were like us only nicer, but we inherited our dark evil side from them. Hambo says:
Apparently, the chimpanzees were so dangerous that once Dr. Goodall had a baby, the baby had to live in a cage so the chimps wouldn’t steal him and kill him. Eventually she watched a war erupt between two groups that lasted for years, only to end when one group was totally annihilated. She says,
[Hambo quotes from the Mirror, and adds his own bold font]: It was a very dark time for me. . . . I thought they were like us, only nicer. I’d no idea of the brutality they could show. War always seemed to me to be a purely human behaviour. I’ve come to accept that the dark, evil side of human nature is deeply embedded in our genes, inherited from our primate ancestors. [emphasis added]
You know Hambo doesn’t like that. He tells us:
Because she began with the wrong starting point — naturalistic evolutionary ideas — she reached the wrong conclusion. We don’t have a “dark, evil side” because we inherited it from some ape-like ancestors; we are sinful because we are descendants of Adam. You see, Adam, the first man, rebelled against God and brought sin and death into creation [etc.]
Ah yes, that’s our problem. Hambo continues:
And Adam’s sin is the reason chimps can be brutal and engage in “war.” Adam’s rebellion broke creation and now everything groans, including animals such as chimps. Our world isn’t the way God made it! Creation, in the beginning, was “very good”, but, because of sin, it isn’t any more.
Skipping some stuff about chimpanzee tool usage, our last excerpt from ol’ Hambo’s post is this:
According to evolutionary ideas, we’re just animals, and chimpanzees are our evolutionary cousins. But God’s Word gives us a very different perspective on who we are. Genesis tells us organisms were created according to their kinds (mostly the family level of classification) — that means the different kinds are not related to each other, and we’re not related to them either.
So there you are. Jane Goodall has no credibility because she’s a Darwinist, and once again, ol’ Hambo has reaffirmed that he ain’t no kin to no monkey.
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