We promise, dear reader, that this one will thrill you. It’s at 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.
Hambo’s post is titled Human Cooperation — the Result of a Belief in Angry Gods? Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
How did humans start cooperating with one another? This question is an evolutionary puzzle, and the supposed evolution of religion is often considered an answer for how humans began working together. For example, a recent study suggests the belief in so-called “punitive gods” caused our evolutionary ancestors to begin cooperating, giving rise to large societies.
The “recent study” Hambo mentioned is in New Scientist: How belief in punitive gods may have helped large societies cooperate, about which he says:
This study argues that a belief in punitive gods (gods who would punish people for their choices) made people more willing to share their resources, thus uniting distant populations into a cohesive group. As religion evolved, it supposedly created an “us vs. them” mentality that gave rise to large societies.
That sounds reasonable, but as you might expect, Hambo doesn’t like it. He tells us:
This study should remind us of the incompatibility of evolution and [Hambo’s version of] Christianity. When many people think of evolution, they just think of one kind of animal turning into another [like Dracula], or perhaps the evolution of ape-like creatures into anatomically modern humans. [Gasp!] But evolutionary beliefs are much more than that.
What else is there? Hambo explains:
They are an entire worldview (a religion) that attempts to explain everything we see — including the supposed origin of religion and even God — without God.
Egad! Evolutionists must be insane! He continues:
Many Christians who embrace evolutionary ideas [several denominations do so] would reject the thought that religion or God evolved alongside humans. They would argue that God exists outside of his creation and that religion, at least the true religion that worships the one true God, was God’s invention, not ours.
Hambo is probably referring to the National Center for Science Education’s list of Statements from Religious Organizations that support evolution. He imagines that those denominations are destined for the Lake of Fire unless they wake up and do things his way. Let’s read on:
But really these Christians are inconsistently picking and choosing which parts of evolution they want to believe and which parts they want to reject. [Huh?] Theistic evolutionists want to believe cosmological, geological, and biological evolution (because of what secular scientists teach) — but stop short from accepting studies that suggest the idea that God and religion, in general, are simply the result of evolution. But this is illogical.
And we know how Hambo dislikes anything that is illogical. Now he explains why theistic evolutionists are all wrong:
The same scientists who declare that humans evolved from ape-like ancestors say civilization, religion, morality, and everything else must also have a naturalistic, evolutionary origin. Why believe some of what these scientists claim, and then arbitrarily reject other findings?
Yeah — in for a penny, in for a pound. Here’s more:
God’s Word is clear: God created everything fully formed and functioning in six, literal 24-hour days only a few thousand years ago. [Right!] There’s no room for millions of years or evolutionary ideas in Scripture. To say otherwise is to ignore the clear testimony of both the Old and New Testaments, as well as the church’s history. Yes, evolution is man’s attempt to justify being his own god. [That’s horrible!]
And now we come to the end:
We need to reject the entire evolutionary worldview. [Yes!] It’s utterly incompatible with the Bible. Instead, we need to trust the eyewitness account of our Creator who was actually present and has revealed to us in his Word what happened in the past.
That was very inspirational — don’t you agree, dear reader?
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