Creationist Wisdom #1,065: Education Is Hogwash

Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Star Beacon of Ashtabula, Ohio. Wikipedia says: “The name Ashtabula is derived from ashtepihəle, which means ‘always enough fish to be shared around’ in the Lenape language.

The letter is titled There is more to knowledge than knowing. The newspaper has a comments feature, but there aren’t any comments yet.

Because the writer isn’t a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name. His first name is Charles. Oooops! He’s a preacher, and one of our readers reminded us that we wrote about one of his letters back in June — see #1,052: Don’t Trust Science! Excerpts from his latest letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, some bold font for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]. Here we go!

From the beginning of our nation’s history, education has been held high in the minds of most people. … We spend millions on that system supposedly designed to produce a competent knowledge for a great society. Obviously something happened along the way.

What went wrong? Charles knows! He says:

Education has become a “god” for many and for a long time now. Probably many have thought some kind of an education could cure the negatives of our society, but it has not. [Why?] I believe knowledge is power but there is more to knowing than just knowing. [Huh?] Does it not count for something to ask “what kind” of knowledge is power?

Fascinating question! Charles explains:

There are many species knowledge has but much of it is so much garbage. [Egad!] To be a practicing atheist (unbeliever in God) and knowledge-engrossed in earthly things is like eating crumbs from a beautiful whole loaf of bread.

Atheists are fools! Charles continues:

Book knowledge is great, but how much of it is wrong, stupid and ungodly? How many things do men “know” and as far as truthfulness is concerned is so much hogwash? The theory of evolution, eg., is false knowledge to the core.

Wowie — this guy is great! Let’s read on:

This created universe is fantastic in content and sure did not come to be by some “big bang” theory! You can’t run a tornado through a junkyard and have a buick come out the back door!

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! It’s been a long time since we’ve seen anyone use the Junkyard tornado argument. Here’s another excerpt:

Let me say this plainly. [We’re listening, Charles!] A fear of the living God is an imperative if we have brain one upstairs. Ignorance and foolishness say there is no God (Psalm 19:1).

Here’s how Charles ends his spectacular letter:

Can we have spiritual knowledge and live by it? Most assuredly. Can we repent of craziness and selfishness? Yes, we can. Maybe a virus can say something to us if we can “hear it!” (Acts 10:34, 35; John 5:15b)

That was one of the best letters we’ve ever seen! You agree, don’t you, dear reader?

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10 responses to “Creationist Wisdom #1,065: Education Is Hogwash

  1. Too much knowledge makes a person too knowledgeable.

  2. Thanks, Michael Fugate. I had forgotten about that. Now I’ll mention it in today’s post.

  3. “Obviously something happened along the way.”
    Aha! Charly presents us a riddle! Let me see. In 1925 the Scopes trial happened! And teaching evolution theory was banned in Tennessee for another 40+ years.
    Now let me read on and find out if I guessed right.

    “Book knowledge is great, but how much of it is wrong, stupid and ungodly?”
    Charly is on a ride today. Yet another riddle!
    I’d say lots, beginning with all the books promoting creacrap.

    Unsurprisingly I guessed totally wrong.

  4. “Book knowledge is great, but how much of it is wrong, stupid and ungodly?”
    This from a guy whose whole belief system is based on a rather old collection of books?

  5. chris schilling

    The World According to Charles:

    “From the beginning of our nation’s history, education blah blah blah…Obviously something happened along the way.”

    Yes, preachers like Charles took the simple-minded origin-myths and allegories of Genesis as literal history and millions more took the preachers at their word.

    Voila! Education, evangelical-style.

  6. Epistemology, yet. From an evangelical, and infected with all the distrust and contempt for scholarship that comes out of that tradition. I wonder if he even knows where his false analogy of the tornado in the junkyard comes from?

    It takes hubris to proclaim that you know, when you don’t know. But Charles goes well beyond that. He is saying that the very means by which it is possible to know are invalid, because he doesn’t understand how they work. Now, that takes chutzpah!

  7. Some more hogwash – and no creacrapper is going to like it. One paleontologist called Martin Ezcurra (he has an entry on English Wikipedia) has figured out how the first vertebrates (they would evolve into pterosaurs) took off from the ground.

    My source is Dutch newspaper Trouw; it notices that Escurra has written an article for Nature. Perhaps there is an English source?
    Anyhow – it’s a typical example of evolution.

  8. Michael Fugate

    I put the link in the FFZ a couple of days ago.

  9. Ah, I missed it.