The Mind of Nathaniel Jeanson

Our search for material brought us to the website of World Magazine — a religious publication that promotes Discoveroid causes and sometimes prints articles by Discoveroids. Their “About Us” section says:

We stand for factual accuracy and biblical objectivity, trying to see the world as best we can the way the Bible depicts it. Journalistic humility for us means trying to give God’s perspective. … We believe that our purpose is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever — and forever begins right now.

Now that you know what we’re dealing with, their headline is The pursuit of discovery. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

Since many leading universities are steeped in scientism and evolutionary theory, some Christian students shy away from pursuing a science degree at a secular school. Nathaniel Jeanson was not one of those students.

Ooooooooooooh! That’s a name we’ve seen before. Jeanson is one of the creation scientists at 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.

Here’s Jeanson’s write-up at AIG, which says he “holds a PhD in cell and developmental Biology from Harvard University. He serves as a research biologist, author, and speaker with Answers in Genesis and formerly conducted research with the Institute for Creation Research.”

Now we’re going to learn more about him. World Magazine says:

Jeanson, homeschooled through the eighth grade [How wonderful!], gained a Ph.D. in cell and developmental biology at Harvard in 2009. A husband and father of four, he now serves as a research biologist with the creationist organization Answers in Genesis and has authored Replacing Darwin: The New Origin of Species.

Here’s the book at Amazon. The publisher is Master Books. We know that name because they’ve published Hambo’s books — see Ken Ham — Self-Published Genius?

Then the magazine tells us:

Jeanson entered Harvard with a burning desire to find a cure for cancer. He emerged with a determination to push back against evolution and help people struggling with science-religion tension find their way back to Biblical truth.

Phooey on curing cancer! Jeanson decided to fight evolution instead. The magazine article has a lot of excerpts from their interview of the great man. Here’s just a bit of it:

[Question:] Was there ever a time, with so much saturation in secular science, that you started to question your faith?

[Answer:] No, it was more the opposite. Growing up in a Christian home, I took the gospel for granted. I had heard it my whole life, so for me it became the old news rather than the good news. But the process of reading and investigating these questions during my years at Harvard sent me diving into Scripture. Suddenly the gospel became good news for me for the first time.

Great, huh? Let’s read on:

[Question:] You worked hard at Harvard to achieve a Ph.D. so you could pursue a career in medical research. But you ultimately chose a different path. Why?

[Answer:] During my time of spiritual searching at Harvard I began to rethink my career. … After I graduated, I accepted a position with the Institute for Creation Research because it allowed me to use my education but to use it for Bible-based research.

And as we know, from there he went on to work for Hambo. One more excerpt:

[Question:] What is the focus of your current research?

[Answer:] The major focus these days is not so much on undermining evolution, but on exploring the scientific strength of the creation model. We ask questions like: What allows new species to form and what also limits that? What stops a dog from becoming a cat? And, opposite of the origins question, what causes species to go extinct?

Okay, that’s enough. Click over there and read it all, if you like. No doubt you’ll agree with us that ol’ Hambo is fortunate to have such an intellect on his payroll.

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14 responses to “The Mind of Nathaniel Jeanson

  1. Michael Fugate

    This is a classic – no doubt thought up in his apologetics class …
    You have said evolution is a cultural Goliath that keeps the people of God cowering in fear—how so? Many secular professors try to convince students that faith is for the ignorant. I remember sitting in a calculus class and the professor drew a graph on the wall with a curve going up. He was trying to demonstrate how our knowledge has increased over time. And then he turned and smiled at the class and said, “See, we don’t need God!” I thought, How does that follow from discussing calculus? But if this is what professors are doing in math classes, how much more so in fields of science that directly relate to the Bible?

    Talking about non sequitur – “Darwin didn’t know about genetics, so evolution can’t be true.”

  2. Michael Fugate

    [Question:] You worked hard at Harvard to achieve a Ph.D. so you could pursue a career in medical research. But you ultimately chose a different path. Why?

    Real Answer – Curing cancer is hard, creationism is easy.

  3. Stephen Wilson

    Boy, wouldn’t THIS guy have made a hell of a researcher!

  4. “…trying to see the world as best we can the way the Bible depicts it. Journalistic humility for us means trying to give God’s perspective.”

    Actually, filtering reality through an immutable a priori assumption that the bible is true is the precise opposite of humility. Substituting your beliefs for honest, unbiased observation is arrogant and dishonest.

  5. @Stephen Wilson – Yes. He could have become another Hulda Clark.

  6. Know-nothing Nathaniel may claim to have a Ph.D., but boy is he stupid.
    ———————–
    > What allows new species to form
    > and what also limits that?
    ———————–
    Answered back in the 1850s. Tested and verified countless times since.
    ———————–
    > What stops a dog from becoming a
    > cat?
    ———————–
    That’s not evolution. If that happened, evolution would be falsified.
    ———————–
    > And, opposite of the origins
    > question, what causes species to
    > go extinct?
    ———————–
    Sheesh – take an intro. geology course.

  7. Dave Luckett

    Dipped a toe into the oceans of scientific research, and ran screaming from the ghost sharks.

  8. “Growing up in a Christian home, I took the gospel for granted.”

    By then, it was already too late. Creationism had metastasized to little Natty J’s brain.The only known cure is reality, or a bit of electroshock therapy, courtesy of the Curmudgeon and his merry band of brothers (“or sisters”).

  9. What causes species to go extinct?

    Is that still problematic for creationists? A couple of centuries ago, it was widely believed that what God had created could not go extinct. Certainly not by human action. But I thought that everyone accepted it today.

  10. Indeed. NattyJ admits it himself: “Nerd that I was, I took my chemistry book home in high school to read over the summer, but I also read Christian science and intelligent design materials. By the time I entered college I had heard the evolutionary arguments before and nothing took me by surprise or caused me to doubt. Also, I had a strong support base praying for me, and a strong local church.”
    Give the rest of the interview it’s pretty obvious NattyJ learned about “evolutionary arguments” (mentally healthy people talk about evidence) via creacrap sources.

  11. I for one would be curious to see who actually paid for his post graduate college…. 😉

    Not that I’m implying any organization with an agenda would do such a thing to obtain a loyal employee with a false air of legitimacy in the scientific world.

  12. “I had a strong support base praying for me”

    Nothing fails like prayer.

  13. Karl Goldsmith

    He is just another like purdom that calls themselves a research scientist but doesn’t do any. So when he went to work for ICR did he think he was going to work at Institute for Cancer Research, London.

    In a discussion with Dr. Herman Mays, on his book he had no idea and kept not answering the questions being asked of him, he just replied with “that’s not what I said in the book”. It was like someone had written the book and Nathaniel Jeanson had to just put his name to it.

  14. Michael Fugate

    Mays’ blog has a nice chapter by chapter deconstruction of Jeanson book Replacing Darwin
    http://www.monofilia.org/blog/2018/9/11/t04ffju3cm7d19aspiy1broiiq1w8d