We found something at the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) — the granddaddy of all creationist outfits, the fountainhead of young-earth creationist wisdom — that is such an ark-load of Oogity Boogity it could keep us busy all day. Their headline is Toppling Ten Fake Facts That Prop Evolution.
It was written by Brian Thomas. He has previously been described at the end of his articles as “Science Writer at the Institute for Creation Research.” But there’s been a change. At the end of today’s article it says: “Dr. Thomas is Science Writer at the Institute for Creation Research and earned his Ph.D. in paleobiochemistry from the University of Liverpool.” Brian has a doctorate? Whoa — when did that happen?
ICR’s biographical information about him has also changed. It now says: “Brian Thomas received a master’s in biotechnology in 1999 from Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas, and a Ph.D. in paleobiochemistry in 2019 from the University of Liverpool.”
Brian has a brand new PhD in paleobiochemistry, and he’s putting it to good use on behalf of ICR. Here are some brief excerpts from his very long post, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
I’ve found that by asking thought-provoking questions about evolutionary arguments, I can help friends recognize enough weaknesses for them to think more about creation options. This article will review 10 false statements used to promote the belief that purely natural processes could accomplish what only a supernatural Creator can. Some suggested questions follow each section to help tactfully guide conversations about these origins issues.
Here comes the first “false statement”:
1. The Universe Began with a Big Bang: Many people talk about the Big Bang as if it’s a scientific fact, but it’s really a speculation. It has never been proven. Some assume that because the universe is apparently still expanding, it must be a leftover effect from an explosive origin. But even if the universe is expanding today, it doesn’t require a Big Bang beginning. God could have created it to expand not from the size of a pear but from a much larger original size.
Questions to consider: Which observable, measurable, and repeatable experiment demonstrates that the Big Bang actually occurred? What about the horizon problem and the mature distant galaxy problem? Where did all the material or energy that originally “banged” come from?
Wowie — the big bang is a bunch of Darwinist nonsense! Here comes the next “false statement”:
2. The Earth Is 4.6 Billion Years Old: Secular scientists insist Earth formed through natural processes 4.6 billion years ago, but much evidence confirms our planet’s youth. [Gasp!] At its current decay rate, for example, Earth’s magnetic field would have run down before 100,000 years. Earth’s fossils, coal, and diamonds are supposedly millions of years old, yet they all contain short-lived radiocarbon atoms that can last no more than 100,000 years.
To respond to those old clunkers, we need to visit the TalkOrigins Index to Creationist Claims. For Brian’s first point, see The earth’s magnetic field is decaying at a rate indicating that the earth must be young. For his second clunker, see Coal and oil are supposedly millions of years old. Effectively all of the carbon-14 in a sample would have decayed in that time. But carbon-14 still exists in coal, implying an age of only about 50,000 years.
Clutching his new PhD in paleobiochemistry, Brian continues with his list of “false statements”:
3. Geologists Use Good Science to Date Rocks: Nobody — not even geologists — can directly measure the age of a rock. None of us watched Earth’s rock layers form. [Yeah! Were you there?] So, when researchers measure isotopes in rocks, they have to use assumptions to convert isotope ratios into time estimates. They assume a consistent decay rate, how much of which isotope was there in the first place, and whether or not this or that isotope leaked into or out of the rock before or after it hardened.
Wowie — he’s right! There are several evolutionist assumptions involved in radiometric dating techniques — like claiming that the decay rate of isotopes has always been constant. That’s Darwinist rubbish! Creation scientists know that decay rates are whatever is necessary in order to establish that the world is only 6,000 years old.
So far, we’ve only discussed the first three of Brian’s list of ten “false statements.” We don’t have the time to go through all ten, so we’ll leave it to you, dear reader, to deal with the rest. This is his final paragraph:
Evolution runs on rhetoric and not reality. [Hee hee!] ICR offers many in-depth resources that evaluate evolutionary assertions and arguments. Sometimes it takes just one thought-provoking question to plant a seed of doubt in someone’s belief that nature created all things. The better we understand what makes evolution’s supposed facts fake, the better equipped we become to make a real difference.
We conclude by congratulating Brian on his new doctorate in paleobiochemistry. The University of Liverpool must be proud!
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