A New ‘Science’ Book from AIG

You already know our opinion of the divine design of the human body. If you missed it, see Buffoon Award Winner — The Intelligent Designer. But not everyone shares our opinion.

We found this at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), the creationist ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else: New Book by Dr. Tommy Mitchell. It was written by ol’ Hambo himself. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

The human body is a wonderous creation of God. Its amazing design speaks to the great care God used to build it in his image. Answers in Genesis attempts to provide resources to show we are indeed “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14).

Yes, our bodies are perfect. They never malfunction. Hambo says:

The Digestive System and Metabolism is the fourth book in Dr. Tommy Mitchell’s Wonders of the Human Body curriculum series. This series is an in-depth look at the wonderful design in our bodies and is a great resource to help middle schoolers and others understand the human body in light of God’s creation.

That’s the right way to understand the human body. It’s absurd to consider the similarities to other animals. Hambo tells us:

My good friend Dr. Mitchell was a practicing physician for 20 years before joining us at Answers in Genesis, so he’s very knowledgeable about the human body.

The former practicing physician likes to be called “Tommy” — see AIG’s bio page on him: Dr. Tommy Mitchell. He’s now a full-time, speaker/writer with AIG. It doesn’t take him long to crank out his books. We wrote about the last one only five months ago — see AIG: Your Perfectly Designed Body. As we said then: If we are so “fearfully and wonderfully made” by a “Master Designer,” then why is there any need for physicians?

Anyway, Hambo continues:

In The Digestive System and Metabolism, he describes the digestive system in a clear, straightforward manner (with lots of pictures and illustrations) that is easy to read and understand.

This is the fourth book in Tommy’s series. Out of curiosity, we clicked on Hambo’s link to see what the other books were about. Let’s see … the Musculoskeletal System, the Cardiovascular & Respiratory Systems, the Nervous System. and now the Digestive System. As we suspected — he hasn’t written about the reproductive system. Why?

This is the last of Hambo’s brief post — before a bunch of advertising links:

This resource will equip your students to understand how their bodies function and will inspire them to give glory to God for his creation.

And the next time your perfectly designed digestive system misfunctions, dear reader, blame Adam & Eve.

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28 responses to “A New ‘Science’ Book from AIG

  1. Divine design, eh? Removal of my vermiform appendix 68 years ago did major damage to the area, extending the removal of parts of my colon to treat The Big C eight years ago. Probably worked – no recurrence, yet. I rejoice being made In His Image as I think of the designer dealing for eternity with malfunctioning digestion, permanent BPH, recurring renal calculus, &c, &c. Imaginary revenge is sweet, and its all mine.

  2. Or my herniated intervertebral discs, or the kid with the mitochondrial disorder I took care of this past weekend, or the massive headache I get every time I read what some dips**t babbles about outside of what his degree (which I share… *sigh*) has educated him to babble about.

  3. So if we are built in the designer’s image, I.e., the original prototype, then this designer has a corporal body, correct and resides in some physical location in the universe, requires sustenance, etc.?

  4. Yes, we’re “fearfully and wonderfully made” in God’s image, but He gets to be an immaterial entity, while we get ingrown toenails and colostomy bags.

    Suck it up, boys and girls!

  5. Dave Luckett

    Wisdom teeth alone are enough to shatter this creationist fantasy. Most of us have them, a fairly large proportion have trouble with them, but in an increasing proportion they don’t appear. There is no creationist explanation for the trouble or for the non-appearance. The only explanation is an evolutionary one.

  6. It’s a good thing that humans do not get back problems when they get older, otherwise that would suggest a rather poor design. Likewise no human ever chokes when eating or drinking due to the airway and esophagus crossover, unlike a horse which can drink and breath at the same time. And of course no humans ever suffer from genetic errors, etc. I wonder why Dr. Tommy Mitchell left his medical practice after only 20 years to peddle humans and dinosaurs living together? Was he seeing way too much bad design in his patients?

  7. “fearfully and wonderfully made”
    Aha! That’s why I get shivers along my spine every time I look in the mirror!

  8. @FrankB

    I stopped looking in mirrors years ago. They kept cracking.

    God must be one ugly SOB.

  9. C’mon, folks, let’s play fair now, and give credit where credit is due:

    AiG are indeed experts on what emerges from the digestive system…

  10. How about the wonders of the immune system.
    Did Adam and Eve have a wonderous, irreducibly complex immune system from the beginning? Something which protected them from attacks from foreign bodies. Something which killed bacteria and other microbes. Before the Fall. Or did that microevolve?

  11. Eddie Janssen

    All failures in the human body are the result of the Fall. A lot of the wonderful design of the body deteriorated, the remaining wonderful bits are the tell-tale signs of God’s perfect creation.
    It is as simple as that: bad-human; good-God.

  12. @Megalonyx

    So if AiG are the experts on what emerges from the digestive system, does that make us the colonic irrigators?

  13. Is The Second Law of Thermodynamics part of the original perfection of creation?
    Or is the inevitable drive to disorder part of the consequences of The Fall?

  14. SC writes “As we suspected — he hasn’t written about the reproductive system. Why?”. One of two likely reasons. Either saving the fun part for last, or doesn’t want to write about the joining of the excretory and reproductive systems in males, the latter an example of questionable design. And what does that say about god’s image? So bogus. We’re just mammals after all with a long evolutionary history.

  15. Re “That’s the right way to understand the human body. It’s absurd to consider the similarities to other animals.”

    Hello? Did not their God create both man and the animals? Why would he make them according to different plans? Clearly He did not. Why do these people poo poo God’s Creation all of the time?

  16. @TomS: the Second Law of Thermodynamics is a tool developed by the Grand Old Designer (blessed be MOFO!) and/or Ol’Hambo’s version of YHWH to “refute” Evolution Theory and “confirm” creacrap whenever “possible”.

  17. The creationist world’s pinball wizard. The books are written by his wicked uncle ernie and are illustrated by the acid queen. Ernie apparently fiddles about a lot.

  18. Tommy’s uncle ernie then, is the incomparable Ham man and IMHO the acid queen is none other than the klinkledinkle, who cross dresses into standard creationism garb when called for.

  19. Michael Fugate

    You won’t want to miss this – Creationist package tours!
    Go to Africa with Drs. Tommmy and Liz – learn the purpose for the lion and the gnu – how these species formally competed for grass until Eve ate the apple – how things got ugly.

  20. Let’s add my failed diaphragm to that collection. Apparently from straining too hard while pooping? Not the most robust design, eh?

    Question: Why is it legal for people to publish B.S. as fact in a “textbook” that isn’t supported by science?

  21. Kosh says:

    Question: Why is it legal for people to publish B.S. as fact in a “textbook” that isn’t supported by science?

    If you publish BS about a living person, you can be sued for defamation. If you publish BS about reality, the universe won’t sue you. So it’s safe. Stupid, but safe.

  22. Those creationist package tours sound very inviting!

    You can go all the way to Africa, birthplace of humanity, to learn all about the Bible, with the likes of David Rives and Buddy Davis, the guitar playing creationist from AiG.

    The Romans used to throw Christians to the lions. Now the lions get converted to Christ! And all the animals get to hear Buddy perform his classic sing-along ditty “I don’t believe in evolution.” Sample:

    “I don’t believe in evolution
    God created you and me
    Adam was my ancestor
    And not a chimpanzee”

  23. Michael Fugate

    I ain’t no monkey
    You can plainly see….
    Have you looked in a mirror
    Been to the zoo
    I AM a monkey
    And so are you!

  24. This obsession about being descended from a monkey or ape. It didn’t take long for Darwin’s thesis to be equated with that. Only one vague sentence in the book, “Light will be thrown …”.
    Why did everyone assume that it meant that we have a monkey ancestor? Why is that so objectionable? (Being descended from dirt is OK.) Same answer: because it’s so obviously true.

  25. Being descended from dirt via supernatural alchemy is fine and dandy; not “dirty”, but somehow clean and wholesome. It conjures up nice images of Pat Boone singing lullabies to cute, drowsy bunny rabbits.

    Being descended from nasty, brutish apes who creepily resemble us? Uggh! Now that’s a bridge too far, and it’s positively beastly of Mr. Darwin to even suggest the very thought!

  26. “Why is that so objectionable?”
    Not to mention that this is a serious case of arrogance (better: vanity), which is specifically condemned in the Bible. It’s remarkable how all creationists (I yet have to meet the first exception) preach humility and behave in the opposite way.

  27. @FrankB
    Humility? Not in the USA!

  28. … We now come to a numerous tribe, that seem to make approaches even to humanity; that bear an awkward resemblance to the human form, and discover the same faint efforts at intellectual sagacity.
    Animals of the MONKEY class are furnished with hands instead of paws; their ears, eyes, eye-lids, lips, and breasts, are like those of mankind; their internal conformation also bears some distant likeness; and the whole offers a picture that may mortify the pride of such as make their persons the principal objects of their admiration.
    John Wesley
    A Survey of the Wisdom of God in the Creation; Or A Compendium of Natural Philosophy