Hambo Offers a Great Intellectual Opportunity

If you’re like most creationists, you worry that you’ll get stomped on in a discussion by some smarty-pants evolutionist. Well, fear no more! Look what’s being offered by Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. He just posted this at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), his creationist ministry: Don’t Miss Evolution Exposed Conference-at-Home. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

Get equipped to defend your faith [Yes!] and challenge the evolutionary assumptions of others with “Evolution Exposed,” a “conference-at-home,” an event hosted by our friends at Living Waters (the ministry founded by Ray Comfort). They’ve put together a one-day online conference on June 27, 2020, featuring ten speakers [Ten!], each giving a fifteen-minute “here’s what you need to know” presentation on topics related to creation, evolution, evangelism, and the truth of God’s Word.

Wowie — a one-day conference with Ray Comfort! The former street preacher is best known for his starring role in Ray Comfort’s “Banana video”. He and Hambo have a good working relationship, so let’s see what else Hambo says:

You’ll hear from me [Hooray!] and your favorite Answers in Genesis speakers including [nobody cares]. Also joining the line-up is Dr. Jason Lisle (founder of the Biblical Science Institute), Del Tackett (host of Is Genesis History?), Eric Hovind (president and founder of Creation Today) [the son of Kent Hovind], and Dan Biddle (president of Genesis Apologetics). [Several links omitted].

This “conference” includes an amazing collection of famous creationists! You want to know more, don’t you? Okay! Hambo tells us:

The conference begins at noon ET and continues until 6 p.m. [Six hours!], with a live one-hour Q&A panel at the end. The cost of this conference is only $35, and pastors and missionaries can request to attend for free.

That’s all on 27 June, presumably. Be sure and mark your calendar! Hambo continues:

It’s a wonderful opportunity [Sure is!] to equip yourself and your family with the “highlights” of the creation/evolution battle and how you can expose the wrong thinking of evolution and point people to Christ.

This is just what you need, dear reader, and you know it! Now we come to the end:

Register today [link omitted] for this one-of-a-kind online event.

Okay, dear reader. You know what you gotta do. Go ahead and register. And when you do, tell ’em the Curmudgeon sent ya!

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21 responses to “Hambo Offers a Great Intellectual Opportunity

  1. If anyone goes (and I hereby nominate our dear SC), please document as much as possible so those of us in crea crea land can be ready.
    I ask because here in South Carolina (the other SC), we are rife with creationists.

  2. Michael Fugate

    Having never heard of Dan Biddle, I checked out his ministry.
    He has power points about the geological, biological, and cosmological reasons for YEC.
    Check out the 7 (magical number) Essential Biology Teaching Points (John Sanford)
    1. Life is inherently miraculous
    2. Mankind is unique – we are in our own kingdom!
    3. Mankind and all life are corrupted
    4. God created distinct Kinds of life
    5. Kinds change, but do not evolve – let’s play word games
    6. Connectedness of Life – by Design!
    7. Evolutionary evidences are flipping

  3. Charley Horse X

    Jason’s Biblical Science Institute is a Facebook account / page.
    Isn’t that just a bit misleading? Or am I being a bit too picky?

  4. Hey! This is one of a kind! That means that there will not be any more.

  5. Dave Luckett

    Ham and Comfort indeed have a “good working relationship”, and that will continue up to the moment one of them starts trying to poach from the other. The relationships between mob bosses are similar. I see in this “conference” an opportunity for muscling in on each other’s territory. I wonder what arrangements have been made for sharing information on “attendees” so that they can be targets for future, er, “outreach”?

    And Eric Hovind, yet? I suppose that being disowned by a father who is a convicted felon is a kind of recommendation, but it hardly looks good on a resume, does it?

    The rest is the usual bafflegab. Crude lies mixed with idiotic misreporting of reality. To ask one simple question, if life is inherently miraculous, where and what exactly is the miracle?

  6. If life is inherently miraculous, what is
    the point of natural laws, design, privileged planets, human reason?
    God just does what he wants, ignoring the constraints that the created obey.

  7. “ten speakers [Ten!], each giving a fifteen-minute”
    Let’s see, 10 times 15 equals 150 minutes equals one and a half hour. That’s a bit longer than the three minutes my attention span lasts.
    As a smarty-pants evolutionist I’ll have to run the risk of getting creamed by a well equipped faith devender.

    “The cost of this conference is only $35”
    No way, that’s about five days of daily shopping in the nearest supermarket.

  8. @TomB has a marvellous idea: “and I hereby nominate our dear SC”
    I wholeheartedly support this motion on the condition that our dear SC gets a decent salary for this hard work and that salary is not paid by me.

    @MichaelF: from points two and three it follows that Homo Sapiens is uniquely corrupted.

    @TomS is guilty of a logical error (according to creacrap standards: “That means that there will not be any more.”
    Tssssk. Every single YEC event is one of a kind.

    “God just does what he wants, ignoring the constraints that the created obey.”
    Well, that’s the crux of fundagelicalism, isn’t it?

  9. A few days ago I reread Herman Philipse’s analysis of miracles. Dan Biddelybid apparently promotes the argument

    a) there is life on Earth;
    b) this is a miracle;
    c) so there can’t be a naturalistic explanation for life on Earth;
    d) miracles, including life on Earth, are likely caused by something supernatural;
    e) it’s more likely that life on Earth is caused by a god than by some other supernatural entitiy;
    f) hence life on Earth is a good argument for the existence of a god.

    The problems are quite obvious. Philipse focuses on one: how do we define miracle? Only “a violation of laws of nature” seems to do. Then we immediately hit on another question:

    what do we mean with “law of nature”?
    Are we talking about true statements? Are the laws eternal and unchanging? If yes, how can we know we have found them? Distance equals velocity x time is a simplified version of a galilean transformation, which was shown to be “not true” by Einstein (due to the Lorentz factor). In a similar way Special Relativity may be “not true”. If we haven’t found yet – or worse, can’t find – true laws of nature, how can we be sure that life on Earth is a miracle?
    If no a “law of nature” is merely a description formulated by scientists. Then Biddelybid argues for a god of the gaps.

    (there is more to it – for instance it’s likely that Biddelybid’s understanding of “miracle” is self-contradictory, but my comment is getting too long again)

  10. @FrankB
    It is more likely that
    Does Dutch word for “likely” have the same technical meaning that it does in English? That technical meaning can be misunderstood by laymen.

  11. Why pay $35 when you can watch their B.S. spewing YouTube videos for free?

  12. @TomS: the Dutch translation of “likely” and “probably” is the same: “waarschijnlijk”. The English-Dutch dictionary didn’t help me; I don’t see the misunderstanding. Could you explain?

  13. Michael Fugate

    My favorite part of these statements is their claim that they found their way to young earth creationism by study – how does that work?

  14. I’m not a mathematician or statistician, so take this with caution.
    There is the probability for E, given H, written as P(E|H)
    For example, the probability of the Evidence, given the Hypothesis H
    Then there is Bayes’ Theorem which gives the posteriror probability of the Hypothesis, given the Evidence:

    P(H|E) = P(E|H) x P(H) / P(E)

    P(E|H) is called the likelihood of H, or, in other words, the probability of finding the Evidence given that the Hypothesis is true. It is different from the probability of H.

    There is a “Likelihood Principle” (which is a bit controversial):

    Observaton O supports Hypothesis H1 more than it supports Hypothesis H2
    if and only if P(O|H1) > P(O\H2)

    As I say, take this as the understandng of a layman. IMHO the Wikipedia article is not easy.

  15. @TomS: ah, thanks. In that case (totally accidentally) “likely” is the correct word, because Bayes’ Theorem is not involved. Philipse does investigate god arguments using Bayes’ Theorem as well, but not in this case.
    Btw neither am I a mathematician or statician; I understand just enough to recognize the difference between the two theorems.

  16. @FrankB
    This got my curiosity, so a used Wikipedia to see if there was a technical term in Dutch corresponding to English “liklihood”. Maybe “aannemelijkheid”?

  17. @TomS: I suppose that in a technical treatise you could use “aannemelijkheid” for P(O|H1) > P(O\H2) and probability for Bayes’ Theorem. But in Dutch daily life “kans” (chance), “waarschijnlijkheid” and “aannemelijkheid” are near synonyms. For instance “het is niet aannemelijk” means exactly the same as “de waarschijnlijkheid is laag” (low probability) and “de kans is klein” (small chance).

  18. Mathematicians make up lots of words to describe things in their own technical way. Set, group, class etc. are all different things in mathematics, but in ordinary English they are basically the same. I assume that Dutch mathematicians have to do the same thing, but we’d have to hear from a Dutch professional mathematician to resolve this.

  19. While I’m not a professional mathematician I know enough (and if not I always can consult my son, who recently graduated at the University of Amsterdam) to confirm that “verzameling”, “groep” and “klasse” in math mean something quite different than in daily life. However peculiarly enough especially “klasse” in daily life has its own meanings: either something social-economic (like the 1%) or the level of a sports competition. When we are talking kids at school the correct Dutch word is “klas” – classroom translates as “klaslokaal”, not “klasselokaal”.

  20. Techreseller

    Wait, I pay $35 to become dumber. That makes no sense to me. I am willing to help pay for SC to attend. Do you take Venmo or Paypal? My brain may not be strong enough to hold out.

  21. Techreseller says: “I am willing to help pay for SC to attend.”

    How do you know I’m not a guest speaker?