Did you know that in addition to his other splendid qualities, Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else — is also an unbeatable debater?
It’s true. Look what he just posted at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), his creationist ministry: Get Equipped to “Answer a Fool”. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
Proverbs 26:4–5 reads: “Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest you be like him yourself. Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own eyes.” This verse may seem like a contradiction when you first read it. But like most alleged Bible contradictions, the “contradiction” quickly disappears with further thought.
Here comes Hambo’s analysis:
So what does it mean to answer and not answer a fool according to his folly? Well, let’s start by noting that the Bible isn’t engaging in name calling by using the term fool. [That’s nice.] It refers to someone who has rejected God’s truth and thus given up the foundation necessary for knowledge. This is an irrational or foolish position. And we aren’t to answer a fool according to this folly.
According to Hambo, anyone who isn’t a creationist is a fool. He explains further:
If a fool wants to set the terms of the argument by saying the Bible isn’t true or miracles can’t happen, we reject those terms because they are foolish terms. [Right!] We don’t embrace an unbeliever’s starting point lest we become like him. But we are to answer fools according to their folly by exposing the foolishness of their arguments, to keep them from becoming wise in their own eyes and thinking there is no answer to their argument.
Isn’t this great? He continues:
We [he means AIG] generally address atheistic and naturalistic arguments — “folly” — from a presuppositional approach. That means we expose the underlying worldview and faulty thinking behind other belief systems, showing how they’re really stealing from a biblical worldview (which is the only worldview that has an ultimate basis for logic, morality, uniformity of nature, etc.) in order to argue against it. We temporarily use their terms to reflect their position back to them to show them their folly.
Thus, Hambo reveals that you, dear reader, are a fool! Let’s read on:
You can learn more about the Don’t Answer/Answer strategy in this article by Dr. Jason Lisle: “Fool-Proof Apologetics.”
That post is dated 01 April 2008. (Yes, April first.) We didn’t blog about it, but several months later we wrote about another of Jason’s posts claiming that the bible is the foundation of logic — see Creationism and Logic.
The rest of Hambo’s post is a promotion of his up-coming conference on atheism. We’ve written about that before so we’ll leave him here. And what did we learn, dear reader? Speaking only for our Curmudgeonly self, we learned that we were right when we wrote Debating Creationists is Dumber Than Creationism.
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