This is a great one from the creation scientists at Answers in Genesis (AIG) — the creationist ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the ayatollah of Appalachia. Their post is titled Micro-Refutations, written by Bodie Hodge, Hambo’s son-in-law. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
Scripture calls Christians to refute (i.e., prove false) false views [scripture reference]. And with just a little knowledge, they can usually easily refute false religions and beliefs. Christians can refute false beliefs by using God’s Word (the absolute standard). It is important to know what the Bible teaches because using God’s Word is the best refutation method. All other authorities are lesser authorities, so appealing to lesser authorities to trump the ultimate authority winds up in a false authority fallacy every time.
Right. Just quote the bible and relax. The job is done. Then Bodie says:
Another way Christians can refute a false belief or religion is by showing that the religion or belief is fallacious internally within its own story or set of beliefs. There are three ways this can be done. These religions can catch themselves in inconsistencies or arbitrariness, or those claiming to adhere to a false religion or belief have to give up their belief system and borrow from the Bible to make sense of things (this is called preconditions of intelligibility — my favorite type of refutation).
And any one refutation of a false set of beliefs (e.g., worldview, philosophical system, or religion) is enough to refute the whole thing. It’s that simple. So let’s look at some quick, easy refutations.
Fortunately, there is absolutely nothing in the bible in the bible that can be refuted, so what’s said here applies only to other beliefs. Bodie shows us some quick, easy refutations:
Materialism, a belief that asserts that all things that exist are made up of matter and energy, is itself not material or energy, but a nonmaterial concept. This means materialism cannot exist within materialism. Thus, materialism is self-defeating and refuted.
Wham, bam — materialism is refuted! Let’s read on:
Agnosticism, which claims that one cannot know if God exists, has no basis for the existence of knowledge and thus is stuck in a catch-22. The agnostic cannot even know if he can or cannot know if knowledge exists. Thus, he cannot even know if he is in a position to determine if God exists or not. (Confusing, isn’t it?) Thus, it is inconsistent and self-contradictory.
Wham, bam — another brilliant refutation. This is great stuff! Want more? Okay, here ya go:
Atheists say there is no God. To make this claim, the atheist must be omnipresent to observe that God does not exist in the past, present, or future heavenly or physical realms; the atheist must be omnipotent to have the power to stop an all-powerful God from taking his place as God; and lastly, the atheist must have all knowledge (omniscience) to finally know for sure that God doesn’t exist. Therefore, the atheist must be an omnipresent, omnipotent, and omniscience “god” to say there is no omnipresent, omnipotent, omniscient God. They must have the attributes of God to claim God doesn’t exist. Thus, the atheistic position is self-refuting.
Bodie is a genius! Another excerpt:
Atheists continually attack God, whom they lump as mythical with the Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy and Santa Claus in books, articles, lectures, journals, memes, billboards, and so on — yet they don’t spend the effort to do this with the Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy and Santa Claus. This is arbitrary and inconsistent.
Fantastic! Here’s more:
If state schools really want to get all semblance of Christianity out of the classroom (which is really a thinly veiled attempt to replace it with a secular humanistic religion), they should stop having weekends (which are really Christian holidays—based on the Sabbath and Lord’s Day) and stop taking holidays (“holy days,” which are predicated on a holy God). Animals don’t take weekends or holidays off. Why isn’t the ACLU constantly suing schools to rid the school systems of weekends and other Christian holidays? It is very “Christian” for these schools to retain these Christian holidays.
Yeah — no more weekends for Darwinists! After this next excerpt, Bodie’s post dribbles off into some plugs for books and other material sold by Hambo:
Hopefully, this little introduction to micro-refutations will spur you on. There is so much more to learn about apologetics and refutation.
Well, dear reader — that was amazing, wasn’t it? Now that you know how easy it is to refute those godless Darwinists, what are you waiting for? Get out there and expose them for what they really are — they’re all fools!
Copyright © 2018. The Sensuous Curmudgeon. All rights reserved.