Remember Jason Lisle? He’s the creationist astrophysicist who used to work for Answers in Genesis (AIG), ol’ Hambo’s online ministry. We posted about him quite often.
Everyone remembers Jason Lisle’s “Instant Starlight” Paper. That was his solution to the Distant Starlight problem. The problem — for young-earth creationists — is that the light we see from distant sources required literally billions of years to reach earth, yet the creationist’s universe is only 6,000 years old.
For reasons which have never been explained, Jason left AIG a few years ago to go to the Institute for Creation Research (ICR), the fountainhead of young-earth creationist wisdom, where he became their “Director of Physical Sciences.” We only posted a few times about him at ICR; the last was something he wrote back in April of 2017. But now we have some news to report.
Jason has started his own creationist ministry! It’s the Biblical Science Institute. Their “Archives” lists stuff going back to July of 2017, so maybe everyone else has known about Jason’s website and your Curmudgeon is only now discovering it. Anyway, his “About” page says:
This brand-new creation-themed science ministry exists to help you rationally defend the Christian worldview against those who claim that the Bible is unscientific. Critics assert that science has disproved the Bible, particularly the history recorded in the early chapters of Genesis. The Biblical Science Institute will equip Christians to logically refute such claims and to be encouraged that science confirms the Bible.
One of the silliest myths of our culture is the story of particles-to-people evolution – that all life is an unplanned byproduct of mindless chemistry. Even more absurd is that this story is taught as if it were somehow the scientific position, as if it had abundant supporting evidence and as if it were the only rational possibility. The great irony is that the opposite is true. Evolution is nothing but a scientifically bankrupt conjecture. My conviction is that no one on earth believes in evolution for rational reasons. The Biblical Science Institute stands ready to expose the silliness and irrationality of those who stubbornly refuse to bow the knee to Christ.
We don’t know if Jason’s website will be worth following, but he has talent, so the place might be a good source of entertainment. This is one of his recent articles: Darwin’s Trap. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
When Charles Darwin wrote “On the Origin of Species” in 1859, he employed an ingenious trick to persuade people of evolution. [Huh?] He linked evolution to natural selection, implying that natural selection was the mechanism of evolution.
Why is that a trick? Jason says:
This was a clever trap because when something false (evolution) is linked with something true (natural selection), people are often fooled. They become convinced of the lie by seeing the merit of the truth. Darwin’s trap is particularly insidious because, in reality, natural selection is the opposite of evolution.
Wow! He explains:
Natural selection is the true principle that organisms unfit for their environment die, leaving only organisms that are well-suited to their setting. When organisms die before reproducing, their genetic information is not passed on, and is eventually removed from the population. So, natural selection inevitably involves a reduction in genetic information.
Okay, now we see where this is going. He continues:
Yet evolution requires brand new genetic information to be added to organisms in order to turn one kind into another – the opposite of what natural selection does. Natural selection doesn’t create any new traits, nor does it add the new genetic information that would be essential for Darwinian evolution. It only refers to the removal of organisms that are not already adapted to their environment.
It appears that Jason never heard of mutations, the source of variation within a species, which gives natural selection something to select. Anyway, that’s enough.
So where are we? Well, we’ve discovered where Jason has been lately, so we’ll check the place out from time to time. Who knows? We may find some good stuff to blog about.
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