For some unfathomable reason, 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 — are very proud of themselves for not being flat-earthers.
But they believe the Earth is young, as is the whole universe. They believe in a global flood and Noah’s Ark. They believe in Adam & Eve and their sin that caused Yahweh to curse all of creation and condemn us to the Lake of Fire. They believe all of that, but somehow they don’t believe the Earth is flat — and for that they’re feeling quite smug.
Their new post is Reflections on the Flat-Earth Movement. It was written by Dr. Danny Faulkner, AIG’s creationist astronomer. Here’s AIG’s biographical information about him. They say he taught physics and astronomy until he joined AIG. His undergraduate degree is from Bob Jones University.
Danny already wrote a few posts for AIG attempting to deny that the bible is a flat Earth book — see, e.g.: Answers in Genesis & the Flat Earth, Part 3. And recently, ol’ Hambo himself wrote about the subject — see Ol’ Hambo Is Not a Flat-Earther.
It’s amazing that they keep doing this, because the bible is absolutely clear on this subject — see The Earth Is Flat! Our guess is that they’re in denial because they fear that if they accepted the plain wording of the bible on this subject, they’d look stupid — and as young-Earth creationists, they can’t afford to look stupid.
For whatever reason, they think the subject is important enough to write about again. Here are some excerpts from Danny’s post, with bold font added by us for emphasis and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
I have been studying the flat-earth movement for nearly three and a half years. In this time, I’ve published more than a dozen web articles or blogs on the flat-earth movement, and I’ve written a book on the subject that will soon be published. As I’ve studied this movement, I’ve become fascinated with its sociology. I’m very curious as to what motivates flat-earthers, how they became convinced that the earth is flat, and what their thought processes are.
This is really very funny! It brings to mind a passage from Matthew 7:5 (King James version, of course):
Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.
Anyway, Danny says: “I gathered my thoughts on the sociology of the flat-earth movement into 20 bulleted points” and he puts them all into his post, which is very long. It’s way too long for us to deal with in one blog post, and this isn’t important enough to write about in a series of posts.
So what are we going to do? We’re going to give you only one more excerpt. With absolutely no sense of irony, Danny writes:
I have found that flat-earthers readily believe almost anything that a fellow flat-earther says. A flat-earther comes up with a very lame argument that he posts on the internet; soon, another flat-earthers endlessly repeat the poor argument, an argument that is easily refuted and often contains demonstrably false information. [Just like creationists!] Yet it is nearly impossible to convince flat-earthers of the folly of the claim. At the same time, flat-earthers are highly resistant to any arguments for the conventional cosmology. Consequently, flat-earthers have no skepticism for the claims of fellow flat-earthers but have nothing but skepticism (or is contempt a better word?) for those critical of flat-earth views. I’ve suspected for some time that many flat-earth arguments are created by people who don’t believe the earth is flat, but simply want to see how many people they can snooker with very bad arguments. They must get perverse delight out of fooling gullible people.
Go ahead and read the whole thing, dear reader. Danny is right, of course — the Earth isn’t flat. But at the same time, Danny works for ol’ Hambo, purveyor of young-Earth creationism. We can’t figure it out. Can you?
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