Does Hambo Think You Are Swine?

This is a disturbing post 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.

Even the title is disturbing: What Does It Mean to “Throw Your Pearls Before Pigs”? Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

During his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus told his followers to use discernment when sharing truth and not “give dogs what is holy, and do not throw your pearls before pigs [swine], lest they trample them underfoot and turn to attack you” (Matthew 7:6 ESV). This means we are to share the gospel but, if and when it becomes obvious the gospel is not welcome and is just being trampled on, we’re to move on and find others who are ready to listen.

In the King James version, “pigs” appears as “swine.” Hambo is using the English Standard Version. It doesn’t matter; either word is insulting. He says:

Some Christians use this as an excuse to avoid engaging with atheists — after all, they’ll just trample the pearl of the gospel, right? Well, sadly, many atheists will indeed just trample the gospel underfoot (like others from many other religions) — but there are others who are willing to listen! And we won’t know if someone is willing to listen until we start presenting the gospel, so we need to be prepared and willing to share the gospel with atheists.

Like a lot of creationists, Hambo often uses the term “atheist” to refer to people who understand science and accept the theory of evolution. Anyway, he’s willing to present his pearls to you, dear reader — but only until you reveal your swinish nature. He tells us:

And that’s the focus of our upcoming Easter conference, Answering Atheists [link omitted]. This special event will take the place of our annual Mega Conference for 2019.

We’ve written about that event before — see Hambo’s Tale of Two Conventions. He continues:

This unique conference is being held in the new Answers Center (a 2,500 seat multi-purpose center) at the Ark Encounter, April 17–21, 2019 in Williamstown, Kentucky (south of Cincinnati). You’ll be equipped to answer common atheist objections to the Christian faith with sessions from me, evangelist Ray Comfort, Living Waters’ Mark Spence and Emeal (E.Z.) Zwayne, astrophysicist Dr. Jason Lisle, and many other compelling presenters.

Verily, a gathering of intellectual titans! They’ll be offering pearls to the audience — but not to swine like you. One more excerpt:

And, new this year (instead of a registration fee), we will feature a special multi-day pass option for families, couples, or individuals. These multi-day passes include unlimited admission for seven consecutive days to both the Ark Encounter and Creation Museum (45 minutes away from each other), unlimited parking, all conference sessions, and other special offers. This exciting new ticketing option is a great way to explore everything both attractions have to offer during this unique conference.

Wowie — unlimited admission! It’s a creationist’s dream come true. Anyway, swinish reader, of one thing you can be sure: Hambo won’t be offering his pearls to you. Are you offended?

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20 responses to “Does Hambo Think You Are Swine?

  1. Derek Freyberg

    Let’s see Hambo offer an Easter conference on offering answers to common Muslim objections to the “Christian faith” (Hambo version), and how well that goes down. Perhaps he could hold it in Saudi Arabia.
    Or perhaps he could handle common Hindu objections, Buddhist objections, Wiccan objections, etc.
    The atheist objection is simple – there are no gods, not even your favorite one; the objections from other religions would be more interesting.

  2. “It doesn’t matter; either word is insulting.”
    It’s meant to be insulting, no doubt. But when coming from Ol’Hambo we must reconsider things. First thing we must ask ourselves: what’s worse, being compared to creacrappers a la Ol’Hambo or to swine? I don’t hesitate and immediately choose the latter. Second question: Ol’Hambo may think that swine are impure animals, but what about us? No way, swine are noble animals, far more noble than Ol’Hambo.
    So my conclusion is no, in this particular context the words are not insulting.

    “he’s willing to present his pearls to you”
    The principle I presented above is far more clear here. Ol’Hambo’s perception of pearls is not the same as mine – and vice versa.

    I only would feel insulted when Ol’Hambo did not call me a swine, ie consider me one of those “atheists [who] will indeed just trample the gospel underfoot”. So in his honour I link this YouTube video:

  3. “immediately choose the latter”
    Meaning being compared to creationists is worse, of course.

  4. Michael Fugate

    Do not cast your science among creationists, is the modern update.

  5. More interesting would be other Christians, especially evangelical Christians. People who have studied the Bible and who can say with confidence, “The Bible doesn’t say that!”

  6. Michael Fugate

    One would be hard-pressed to view Ham’s publications as “pearls”…

  7. Holding The Line In Florida

    Oink, Oink

  8. Karl Goldsmith

    I wonder what the Living Waters share of the money is, they need it, of the $3,571,71 revenue, $2,645,93 comes under the money we begged for.

  9. Michael Fugate

    Ham is only a part of a pig… Which is more special the whole or the part?

  10. Michael Fugate

    The idea that “I think, therefore I am like God” seems pretty shaky. Humans can’t create something from nothing and humans can’t create something without a body. If there is a God with a mind, but no body, then it is far different mind from ours.

  11. SC! Do you think this is related to your guest-blogger of old? Hambo perhaps is aghast at throwing pearls before Dr Swinefat Pink?

  12. @Michael Fugate
    And because humans are limited by the laws of nature, humans must resort to design as a first step in producing something. For a limitless Creator, design doesn’t make any sense.

  13. Michael Fugate

    Look at this political agenda – would you trust these people with the Constitution?

  14. Mark Germano

    I see your “Trampled Under Foot” and raise you “Pigs (Three Different Ones).”

    Kenny you’re nearly a treat,
    But you’re really a cry.

  15. Oh look, it’s another sales pitch!

    Shocked I am.

  16. Like all theists, Kenny makes great claims for scripture. If atheists reject the “pearl of the gospel’, it’s probably because they suspect you can’t polish a turd.

  17. Under absolutely no circumstances do I wish to see Ken Ham’s pearls. Let alone his pork.

  18. Retired Prof

    Michael Fugate declares, “Ham is only a part of a pig.”

    A chimera, then. He is also a part of a horse.

  19. Oink! Or, if to disbelieve in creationism and in the Bible as literally true makes one a swine, let me belly up to the trough.

  20. To believe that the Bible is only basis for all truth tells that YEC is without basis, while geocentrism is well based.