Pay attention, Darwinist sinner! Your days of being able to fool creationists with your slick science talk are over. The Institute for Creation Research (ICR) — the fountainhead of young-earth creationist wisdom — is aware of your sleazy tactics. Their article is titled Beware the Bait of False Hypotheticals.
It was written by James J. S. Johnson, J.D., Th.D. He has two middle initials, which is very classy, and he not only has a law degree, but he’s also a Doctor of Theology. He’s described at the end as “Associate Professor of Apologetics and Chief Academic Officer at the Institute for Creation Research.” Here are some excerpts from his post, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
At a recent ICR event in Massachusetts, an attendee asked a trap-loaded question: “Some say that minor errors in the Bible are okay because they don’t hurt the Bible’s main message — but how do you deal with the Bible’s errors?” [Hey, that’s a good question!] The scoffer added, “How do you fix your theology when new scientific discoveries prove that your literal belief in the Bible doesn’t work?”
Well, how should a creationist deal with that? Jimmy Johnson says:
Notice how the critic’s leading questions included built-in assumptions: “The Bible contains errors. Your theology is broken. Science disproves the Bible. A literal belief in the Bible is unreasonable.” [Are those assumptions or observations?] They are similar to this unfair question: “Yes or no, have you stopped beating your wife?”
Wow! Keen insight! He tells us:
Beware! Before you let a critic’s question put your faith on trial, put the question itself on trial. Judge it for legitimacy — it might be deceptively illegitimate.
Hold on! Is it “deceptively illegitimate” to ask a creationist why the bible speaks in so many places about the Earth being flat? Jimmy Johnson continues:
Speaking of trials, such sophistry is routinely rejected in real-world courtroom trials, such as when a witness is asked a question that prematurely presupposes unproven facts. … The proper response to a false hypothetical in a courtroom context is: “Objection, the question assumes facts that are not supported by the evidence.”
What’s he saying? Do we have to prove the Earth isn’t flat before we can ask the question? Let’s read on:
So, how should we, as believers, respond? Reply that such questions are defective and misleading as asked because they contain false hypotheticals that require assuming unproven allegations.
Wait a minute! Don’t creationists assume a lot of unproven allegations — like, for example, the age of the universe? Jimmy doesn’t even consider such a question. Instead he tells us how masterfully he answered the question from the “scoffer”:
To the Massachusetts challenger, I countered: “You assume that Scripture contains scientific errors, but I reject that assumption. You need to identify a few examples of these so-called errors — or even just one — then we can discuss your question using specific topics that exist in the real world.”
Anybody can come up with at least one. For example: “Hey, Jimmy — how about that firmament thing? Where is it?” But let’s stay with Jimmy’s story. How did the scoffer respond to him? We’re told:
Unsurprisingly, the challenger had no example available despite his boast that Scripture contained lots of errors. [Really?] Like him, other skeptics often ask similar questions using false hypotheticals as bait in debate-like discussions.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Very believable. Here’s Jimmy’s advice to his drooling fans when skeptics ask questions based on “false hypotheticals”:
When they do, tell them they may be entitled to their own hypotheticals but not to their own universe — God rules the real universe.
Right. No unproven assumptions there! And now we come to the end:
In summary, don’t automatically assume that a hypothetical scenario can occur unless and until there is real evidence that it actually does occur. God’s Word is sure. God makes sure that the universe never contradicts what He has said in Scripture. God’s truth rules and matches the real world. So, don’t be baited by false hypotheticals!
And what do we learn from this, dear reader? One thing for sure: You don’t want to get into a debate with Jimmy Johnson. He’s too smart!
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