Hambo Revisits His Seven C’s

Prepare yourself, dear reader. This is some of the most profound stuff we’ve ever written about. Naturally, we found it at the website of 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.

The title of their post is The Big Four, and it was written by ol’ Hambo himself. They say it first appeared on 01 November 2017, but somehow we missed it. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

Four big debates rage in our world today. The foundational answers are in Genesis 1–11. [Wow!] It’s important at times to look back at the circumstances and people God allowed to be part of one’s calling in life. As I look back, it’s fascinating to recognize how the Lord burdened me to deal with four major issues that have become integral to the outreach of Answers in Genesis, the Creation Museum, and the Ark Encounter, which are encouraging so many believers and challenging lost people with the gospel.

What are those four issues? Hambo says:

At the Creation Museum, we walk people through seven C’s: Creation, Corruption, Catastrophe, Confusion, Christ, Cross, and Consummation. The first four C’s cover the astronomical, geological, biological, and anthropological history foundational to all Christian doctrine, including the gospel.

We wrote about Hambo’s Seven C’s before, and we responded with the Curmudgeon’s Seven F’s — see Creative Challenge #65: The Seven F’s. Now Hambo is limiting his new post to only four C’s. Does that mean we’re limited to only four F’s? Apparently so. He labels the next sections of his post Creation, Catastrophe, Confusion, and Corruption. Briefly, here’s what he says about each:

In 1975, I began my career as a public-school science teacher in Queensland, Australia. I remember a student saying: “Sir, we heard you’re a Christian . . . but how can you believe the Bible? We know it’s not true.”

“How do you know it’s not true?” I asked.

The student responded, “Because our science textbooks tell us that the universe and life evolved over millions of years.”

Right then, the Lord gave me a burden to teach students how to think correctly about science and origins. … When evolution came up, I helped students understand that all evidence exists in the present, and that molecules-to-man evolution is a belief about the past. I also showed many examples of observational science that confirm the Bible’s history concerning Creation and the Flood. Really, I was developing an understanding of the first C — Creation.

Thrilling, isn’t it? Now he continues with the next C — Catastrophe:

When fossils came up in class, I talked about Noah’s Flood being responsible for most of the fossil record. I recall a student telling me Noah couldn’t fit all the animals on the Ark. But because I had read The Genesis Flood and other resources, I was able to explain that representative kinds of land animals — not all the species in man’s classification system—went onto the Ark. I was actually dealing with that third C — Catastrophe.

Hambo’s math is faulty. That was his Second C, and the Third is next — Confusion, something Hambo knows quite well. He explains:

When human evolution had to be covered [Hee hee!], I made sure students understood that all humans belong to one race because we are all descendants of Adam and Eve. (The secular world later confirmed with observational science what the Bible teaches, when the Human Genome Project showed, in 2000, there’s only one race.)

Hambo was years ahead of those Darwinist scientists. Let’s read on:

I explained back then that all humans are related and how, as a result of the Tower of Babel, different people groups formed with different cultures. And I made sure they understood the supposed evidence for ape-men was not fact, but a story imposed on the bones. I was really covering the fourth C — Confusion.

That was actually Hambo’s third C. There’s still one more to go — Corruption, so here’s another excerpt:

I gave my first creation apologetics presentation in a church in 1975. Mainly I discussed how science confirms the Bible and the problems with the evolution story. I continued to share this message over the next few years. But I kept receiving one question: why does it matter if Christians believe in evolution?

Good question! Hambo explains:

I had a Genesis commentary by Dr. Henry Morris, The Genesis Record, which laid out how all Christian doctrines are ultimately founded in Genesis. I also had a small booklet from England explaining that death, bloodshed, and disease could not have existed before Adam sinned. My father had also taught me how foundational the history in Genesis is to the gospel of Jesus Christ and to all doctrine.

So using all this information, I developed the “Relevance of Genesis” message that has become the backbone of Answers in Genesis. [That’s wonderful!] I was developing more understanding how the first C, Creation, relates to the second C, Corruption (the entrance of death and suffering). …

Over the years we have developed much more understanding of those first four C’s, but the basic message is still the same: “The history in Genesis 1–11 is true. That’s why the gospel based in that history is true.” Or we could say: “The first four C’s are true. That’s why the Christian message based in them is true.” Yes, the Big Four are vitally important.

That’s the end of of Hambo’s post. Thrilling, wasn’t it? But if Hambo can re-visit his Seven C’s, and pick out four of them. surely your Curmudgeon can revisit our Seven F’s and pick out the best of them. There were actually more than seven F’s in that post, especially in the comments.

The best we can do on such short notice is mention Flat Earth, the Firmament, the Flood, and the Fixed location of the Earth. What do you think, dear reader?

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19 responses to “Hambo Revisits His Seven C’s

  1. And the six W’s
    Who, What, When, Where, Why, hoW

    Intelligent Design does not answer.

  2. chris schilling

    Throw in another C, for Con. And F for Fanatic.

  3. Almost too obvious to point out; the same arguments from molecular similarity that Ham uses to show that all humans are brothers, also show that they are first cousins to chimps, second cousins to gorillas, and so on. (But isn’t inference from DNA to common origin the worst kind of Historical Science, since we can’t see new kinds being created and confirm their DNA similarity in the present, so Ham shouldn’t be using it anyway?)

    “I also had a small booklet from England explaining that death, bloodshed, and disease could not have existed before Adam sinned.” Does anyone know what this “small booklet” might have been? I don’t normally think of England,or even the UK, as a source for novel creationist doctrine, so I really want to know

  4. Laurette McGovern

    Pardon my French, but what a bunch of s**t!

  5. Apoptosis, programmed cell death in multicellular organisms, essential in development.
    Existed before the Fall?

  6. The LORD gave him a heavy burden… that his chauffeur carries… all the way to the bank.

  7. @Paul Braterman The best I could find is that some guy from his church named “Mr. Godron Jones” gave the booklet to him in the 70s.

  8. The confusion is strong with this one!

  9. Charles Deetz ;)

    Fake doctrine.

  10. Dave Luckett

    As Charles Deetz says, this is fake doctrine. But Ham’s a one-off, in terms of Christian orthodoxy, which he insists is whatever he says it is. He’s his own priest, bishop, college of cardinals, sacristy, assembly and prophet. So where does he go to church? Is he a member of any congregation?

    There is no answer I can find. Oh, he addresses churches of the bible barn sort all the time. But listen to a sermon himself? Have his devotions, whatever they are, directed by someone else? That would be to subordinate himself to another, and if there is one constant thread running through the career of Ken Ham, it is that he cannot abide not being director, ruler, governor. The pond might be small, but he’s got to be King Frog in it.

    Time and again, from leaving his original sect in Queensland, to his breaches with Wieland and MacKay, then with ICR, Great Homeschooling Conventions and Biologos, Ham has demonstrated that he will brook no opposition, and will cause schism rather than work as an equal with anyone. He’s rank poison to any organisation where his word is not law. But at least that means that he will never have real power in any other sort.

    I can’t improve on SC’s seven F’s, but I can think of one more C to describe Ham. But this is a polite blog, so I won’t give it here. Besides, in the ancient Australian riposte, it’s inaccurate. Ken Ham does not give anyone pleasure.

  11. Ken is even lamer than the lame excuses for why there are two, count ’em two, Lord’s Prayers.

  12. I did the same undergrad course kham did, just a couple of years later. Same classes, same lecturers, same curriculum. It was a great course with capable engaged working scientists and set me up for postgrad and a life of work in a number of biological fields. I have to say he didn’t hear a single word said the entire time he was there.

    Bet that surprises absolutely no-one.

  13. Hambone asks…is it important that xtians believe genisus?? Yes it is, they have to be able to be fooled completely so they can get money & power form them!!! you have to be totally brainwashed to send these preachers money!

  14. Coffee
    Cinnabon rolls
    Chocolate ice cream (double Dutch)
    Chili (Texas, mine)
    Cats
    Curry (Thai, green)
    Cartoons (Wile E. Coyote, cracks me up every time!)

  15. Most people surely realize that there are a lot of Christians and Jews who have many different takes of Genesis, etc. How does one feel confident that such-and-such is The One And Only True meaning?

  16. My favorite four F’s come from neuropsychology where every student learns that the hypothalamus evolved to be responsible for Feeding, Fighting, Fleeing and Mating.

  17. @TomS, once again you demonstrate once again demonstrate your reliance on human reasoning, rather than God’s Word as expounded by Ham.

    Actually, Ham’s deepest intellectual sin may be to pretend that there is such a thing as a reading without an accompanying, human and therefore by his own lights potentially fallible, interpretation

  18. @TomS The voices in their heads tell them it’s the correct beliefs. Also, coercion goes a long way too.

    “In addition, if any writing composed by Arius should be found, it should be handed over to the flames, so that not only will the wickedness of his teaching be obliterated, but nothing will be left even to remind anyone of him. And I hereby make a public order, that if someone should be discovered to have hidden a writing composed by Arius, and not to have immediately brought it forward and destroyed it by fire, his penalty shall be death.” — Edict by Emperor Constantine against the Arians

  19. Stephen Kennedy

    This may be a bit off topic but if you go to the AIG website you will notice there has not been a blog from Hambo since July 31. Is it possible that even Hambo realizes that promoting a roadside attraction with a theme of a catastrophic flood, might now be seen in Kentucky as somewhat insensitive and in poor taste.