There must be some kind of competition going on among creationists to see who can include the greatest number of clunkers in one blog post. What we found today looks like a winner. It’s at the website of the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) — the fountainhead of young-earth creationist wisdom.
The thing is appropriately titled Believe Anyway, and it was written by two brilliant creationists. One is Scott Arledge, about whom we know nothing. The other is Brian Thomas, about whom we’re told: “Dr. Thomas is Research Associate at the Institute for Creation Research and earned his Ph.D. in paleobiochemistry from the University of Liverpool.” Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
Some within the creation community make the claim that they would believe God’s Word about the age of the universe even if all the evidence pointed otherwise. [Hee hee!] Trusting God, no matter what, is certainly a good thing. However, then they claim that He intentionally made the universe “look old.” Did God make an old universe but describe a young one in Genesis just to test our faith?
Well, did he? Here’s what the ICR experts say:
A comparison is sometimes made between creation’s supposedly old features and Adam’s appearance of age, or the water that Jesus miraculously turned into wine. These creationists argue that these examples make it reasonable for God to have created the universe with the appearance of age as well. [Yes, perfectly reasonable!] Should we expect that a creation spoken into existence would somehow look billions of years old? [Sure, why not?] Young-looking features of our world dissolve arguments for its apparent old age.
Ah, young-looking features. The creation scientists tell us:
If a person were given science tools but had no preconceived notions about the universe, would purely objective observations lead that person to believe in a billions-of-years-old earth and universe? [Sure. That’s what the evidence shows.] By no means [Huh?], since so many features look so young.
Get ready, dear reader. Here come the clunkers:
A close examination of the geologic column reveals sedimentation from a flood so recent that countless creatures it buried, including dinosaurs, have decomposing tissues that sometimes still stink. [Groan!] Mass spectrometers, chemical stains, and microscopes reveal original protein remnants in them. These results suggest burial only a few thousand years ago.
We don’t want to waste too much time on this stuff. Let’s visit the TalkOrigins Index to Creationist Claims. What do we find? Try this: The entire geologic column is based on the assumption of evolution. There are dozens more, if you want to go hunting around. Let’s move on with the ICR post:
The objective, unbiased person would also understand a century’s worth of magnetometer results that show Earth’s magnetic field is fading fast. That looks young too.
Read the TalkOrigins response to this clunker: The earth’s magnetic field is decaying at a rate indicating that the earth must be young. The ICR dynamic duo continue:
Telescopes reveal comets in long orbits around the sun. These balls of ice follow orbits that every once in a while bring them close to the giant ball of fire. It would be like putting a snow cone half an inch from a space heater set on high. No wonder comets routinely fizzle in front of our eyes when they’re near the sun. They can’t last billions of years. Did God put them into the sky to make sure observers would know the creation isn’t very old?
Comets again? Groan! See ICR: It’s a Young Solar System. Let’s read on:
We see many features that fade fast. Cliffsides crumble and mountains erode. [Some do; some don’t.] The rate at which our DNA is mutating sets a limit on the human race as a whole. [What?] This mutation clock, if run backward from the present amount of DNA damage in our bodies’ cells, indicates an age for mankind of only thousands of years.
We won’t bother hunting for rebuttals to that one. You can play with it if you like. Hey — we’ve arrived at ICR’s final paragraph:
Do features of this creation clearly show a universe that is billions of years old? Do Christians have to believe in recent creation despite mountains of contrary evidence? Quite the opposite. Instead, those who deny creation must believe in deep time despite both the world’s youthful features and the Word’s plain speech.
Well, dear reader, whatcha gonna do? The creationists say the evidence is all against you. It’s not too late to repent!
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